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Blackberry Torch 9810, Oldies but Goldies

December 31, 2014

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When it comes to smartphones, I’ve been reviewing a lot of fresh releases from all the well known manufacturers, but I’ve also been ignoring that there still is an area of consumers who don’t quite get along with touchscreens and still enjoy using the now “antique” physical keyboard. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of smartphones with QWERTY keyboards nowadays, and even if I can name a few of them that were released recently and are quite decent, today I’m going to be reviewing an “old-timer”, if you can call it that, the BlackBerry Torch 9810. I’m doing this because I’m pretty sure that this good ol’ fella is able to satisfy the needs of the average used, who seeks a nice tool for making calls, browsing the Internet or texting, and this phone is a pro when considering the latter. It also has a touchscreen, but its most important asset is a lovely sliding QWERTY keyboard. Check out the following review and see if it’s really what you need!

In its retail box, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes accompanied by a charger, a microUSB cable for re-charging your unit and making data transfers, a pair of headphones and a polishing cloth.

The Torch 9810 stands at 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm and has a weight of 161 grams. It’s not your regular supermodel smartphone, but doesn’t feel uncomfortable either when being hand-held or slipped into pockets, you’ll get used to it in no time. Even if it’s made from plastic, the phone is really nicely put together and seems to be very solidly built, just like its predecessor, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. The rubberized finish found on the first one’s back is gone, but its replacement is just as nice, and we have here a battery cover that has a checkboard-like pattern and offers a good hand grip, being also immune to fingerprints.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 features a 3.2 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 250 ppi. The image quality offered by this highly responsive display is very good, with vibrant colors, fine contrast, wide viewing angles and a great sunlight legibility. Below the display, you’ll see an optical trackpad sitting in the middle of the keys for Call, End, Menu and Back,
After sliding it, we’ll come across a neat QWERTY keyboard which is a very useful tool for texting or sending emails. When it comes to typing, this baby beats every single touchscreen out there by a long shot.

The Torch 9810 comes loaded with the BlackBerry 7 operating system, which isn’t a big improvement from its previous version. If this isn’t the first time that you’re dealing with a BlackBerry device, the user experience remains the same, a pleasant one, thanks to the friendly and intuitive user interface. If you’re a stranger to it, I’m guessing that you’ll get used to it in no time. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card.

For taking photos, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes equipped with a 5 megapixels camera with autofocus that produces pictures at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and has a single-LED flash buddy for assisting in low light conditions. The camera application features support for geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection and so on. The photos captured with it are very pleasing to the eyes, with rich colors, good contrast and a nice amount of resolved detail.
The Torch 9810 is capable of producing some very decent 720p videos at 30 fps.

At the connectivity department, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 holds support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band 3G with HSPA, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0.

For surfing the web, you get a capable browser that knows how to do its job and will prove itself to be a nice browsing tool.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 features, among others, a document viewer, a built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, a nice video player that supports DivX, XviD, WMV, MOV or MP4 files and so on.

Overall, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is a nice improvement over its previous version and has a lot of features packed inside, being a really helpful companion when needing its help. If you’re the kind of person that uses a phone for basic needs such as calling, emailing, surfing the web from time to time or taking a picture every now and then, you’ll be quite pleased with this fella over here, which is also very cheap, given the fact that it was released 3 and a half years ago, in August 2011.

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