BlackBerry Torch 9800: Unboxing, Hands-On & Impressions

By Jamie Pert - Aug 11, 2010

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is expected to arrive on AT&T tomorrow, but before the release date, we will take a quick look at what this supposed iPhone / Android killer is all about.

The processor speed still seems to lack behind that of the current 1GHz processors out there, which also takes its toll on the BlackBerry 6 OS, which seems a little too fast for the phones current hardware specification. Some say that the phone ‘locks up’ on occasion, but this can probably be fixed with a little firmware update.

Screen resolution also seems to be a little down the pecking order when you compare it to some of the higher end smartphones on the current market.

Overall, the BlackBerry 6 OS seems to be a very welcome addition, and something that the BlackBerry world has needed for a while. Animations seem smooth and transitions from one interface to another is almost seemless with the occasional slowdown.

Browser and multimedia browsing pinch-zooming is a sinch, although does not react as fast as one would like.

If you are already a current BlackBerry user, you may also find small issues with the keypad as keys feel really small comparing to that of the BlackBerry 9000 for instance. The virtual keyboard does seem to be a winning feature of this phone, being responsive and sometimes a little too sensitive.

It’s hard to convince myself why a current iPhone or Android user would want to switch to the BlackBerry on looks alone. The build also seems quite a heavy one. Almost on par with the Storm.

I guess we wont really get to grips with this phone until it gets a full release where a more in depth review will be on the cards.

Check out some of the unboxing images via the source, or watch the embedded video below.

Have you played with the Torch yet? What are your first impressions?

Source: IntoMobile

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  • Jay

    Blackberry is good for business, it just isn't all the flexible for the power user. Your application options are more limited on a Blackberry than Windows Mobile, iPhone, or Google Android. The old I 7800 I used crashed persistently and no flash update would fix it. A Blackberry is straight forward and productive but little joy.

    It's a snoozer watching this guy spend the whole introduction video unpacking a box. I want to see capability, not watching a person check inventory. Does this guy ever actually switch the unit on? If its a "killer" why is there no video that shows what the phones actually does? ZZZZzzzzz

  • hates-whiners

    got mine at the launch event in ny. honestly, it's not all that. stick to the 9700. the touchscreen needs to be calibrated, as it seems a bit off. the on screen keyboard is annoyingly slow and doesn't respond as quickly as the iphone's. bb os 6 is nice, but i'd like to see how it'd fare on a 9700 instead.
    i have the iphone 4, and honestly.. all of you whiners out there… go get a nokia clamshell flip. perhaps that'd suit you better.

  • Brian

    I plan to get one. I hate my iphone it is the worst phone I have ever had. Thanks apple for releasing a phone in 2010 with 0 customization options. Ugh.

  • iPod-H8r

    I am so anxiously waiting to get this phone tomorrow. I am going to turn my iPhone into a glorified iPod. I can't stand the new iOS!!! My phone is constantly crashing, slowing down, and freezing. UGH. I am a huge fan of Apple, but until they fix what they messed up, I'm making the switch to the Dark Side. Helllo BB!!!

  • Jungle

    Thanks for this splendid video from, watching paint dry is a thriller compared to that. BTW those buttons on the site are not necessarily for the camera but can be whatever you want them to be.

    I've also never heard of RIM being out to kill the android or iphone.

  • steve jobs

    This writer is a loser – you don't know what you're talking about. Get your facts straight

  • Rasheda

    I personlly liked the torch when I played with it at the AT&T store. I currently use a iPhone 4. While I like the iPhone 4 I haven’t had a good experience talking on it (sensor issues). The blackberry torch isn’t up with the other Smart phones but it still get the job done and offers more options. I’ve only owned one of each device, a 9700 and iPhone 4. I personally like blackberry better…the main thing I would miss from iPhone is the apps.

    • Antuush

      Rasheda, yeah I'd have to agree with that. I've had the iPhone 4 and both of the Bolds and I generally had a better experience with the blackberries in actually getting stuff done. I had problems with the iPhone's sensors, specifically, I don't think the proximity sensor worked. In the middle of calls, my cheek would cause the iPhone to dial numbers but since there's no dial tone – I would just hear the other person pick up so I wouldn't even know it was happening. Of course I'm disappointed in the torch's display and processor, but after playing with it in the store, it seems like a good solid reliable BB with some welcome improvements.

  • DHJK

    Who is describing this phone as an iphone/android killer? Nobody is saying that but you.

    • Firelily

      Did ya read the first line here?
      The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is expected to arrive on AT&T tomorrow, but before the release date, we will take a quick look at what this supposed iPhone / Android killer is all about.