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BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review

By on November 18, 2011
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A comfortable mid-point between touchscreen and keyboard.

Good: As fast as Bold 9900, More real estate than Bold 9900, Crisp and bright screen, Great form factor combining touchscreen and keyboard, Solid build
Bad: Poor camera performance in low light conditions; No space key for password fields
Price: AED 2,299
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


As I mentioned before, the Torch 9810 carries a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, which is the exact same as the Bold 9900. What this means is similarly fast performance as far as using apps and other functionalities are concerned. So when I run the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, I was very surprised to see the results.

Yes, that’s faster than the Bold 9900 and the dual-core Galaxy Note! BlackBerry must have done one hell of an optimizations for their browse.

Now you may be thinking that this much performance will eat up a lot of battery, but the Torch 9810 comes equipped with a slightly bigger 1270 mAh battery compared to 1230 mAh on the Bold 9900. While rated talk time on 3G is said to be 5 hours and 50 minutes, with Stand-by time of almost 300 hours; I got an understandably middle-of-the-road 3 days of battery time. This included roughly 30 minutes of talk time, WiFi always on but connectivity set to 2G. On EDGE, I was able to get almost the same experience when loading emails, Twitter, Google Talk or BBM. With 3G on all the time, battery life fell down to just over 48 hours which is good enough for a device this powerful.

Now the 5.0MP auto-focus camera on the Torch 9810 is somewhat of a mixed bag. The amount of detail while taking pictures is much sharper than the iPhone 4, which itself is a pretty decent 5MP camera. However, when it comes to low light conditions, the iPhone 4 is clearly a superior camera. Just the amount of noise and banding you get in low-light conditions is abysmal on the Torch 9810, a problem that’s even more obvious when trying to record videos. Also, the iPhone 4’s camera manages to produce more realistic colors and light compared to the rather dull colors from the Torch 9810’s camera.

 

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