A comfortable mid-point between touchscreen and keyboard.
Now let’s talk about the keyboard a little bit, the one thing that makes the Torch 9810 a perfect combination of a proper touchscreen smartphone, and one with a full sized QWERTY keyboard. The keys, as I mentioned earlier, have slight grooves on them, which makes the typing experience similar to that of the Bold 9900. However, the keys aren’t as nicely spaced out, nor as big as the Bold, resulting in the Torch 9810’s keyboard being as small as that of the Curve, while retaining the form factor of the Bold.
It felt peculiar in the beginning, as I’m comfortable with both the Bold’s big keys and the Curve’s small, but nicely spaced keys. Using a tight keyboard like the Torch 9810 didn’t feel like an ideal experience at first, but I adjusted to it very quickly. Still, given a choice of just keyboards, I would rather go with the Bold or the Curve rather than the Torch.
Another thing I noticed with the Torch 9810 is that because the top center of gravity is slightly more skewed towards the top half, typing for a prolonged period became somewhat tiring. Because of their shorter height, this is never an issue on the Curve or Bold models.
One peculiarity I experienced is that while typing the password for my email, I couldn’t use the ‘space’ key; it functioned as a dot/period/full stop. Even with the onscreen keyboard I was faced with the same issue. This wasn’t a problem I faced with the Curve 9360 or Bold 9900, so I’m guessing it’s a software glitch that BlackBerry needs to sort out.
Ultimately I think the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is a brilliant combination of a touchscreen device and a fully hardware based version; so a good combo of the Curve 9360 and Torch 9860. Of course, the highest end version, the Bold 9900 is similar in functionality, but the form factor of the Torch 9810 is much more appealing to me. It’s a solid performer as far as hardware is concerned. And if we overlook the disappointing camera, the Torch 9810 is one of the best BlackBerry smartphones created to date.