The Blackberry Torch 9860 is RIM’s first true touch screen phone. This phone’s design is definitely one of the biggest redefinitions of the design aspect of RIM because this mobile manufacturer is more popular for their physical QWERTY keyboard designs.
The Torch 9860 is beautifully-crafted with the right combination of mostly metal and other materials. The feel of the phone is just right when using it in landscape or portrait mode. The quality of its build is absolutely good and it makes you feel that you are holding a very classy device, mostly attributable to the materials used on this device. The metal back cover makes it look like a sturdy and reliable device.
This Blackberry device is running on a single-core processor clocking at 1.2 GHz with 768mb of RAM. Pictures and videos from its 5 MP camera along with other precious data can be stored in the Torch’s 4 GB internal storage. There is also a micro SD slot that is capable of adding 32gb of space should you feel the need to store more data.
Display on this device is made possible by its 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touch screen and is capable of multi-touch. Rim also retained some of classic characteristic of BB phones such as the optical track pad and the 3.5 mm jack traditionally located at its side.
The Torch 9860 runs on the newest Blackberry OS 7 platform. This operating system has considerable differences from previous BB systems. The new textures and colors seem to deviate from RIM’s black corporate theme.
Also, the application drawer looks very familiar as it features a grid looking very similar to what is seen on an IOS or an Android device. The OS also features an applications tray that can be customized to hold frequently-used app icons. There is also a necessity for an on-screen keyboard for this device since a physical one is not present. The hardware must have been designed to be optimized for the software since the OS 7 user experience looks really snappy on this phone.
Though BB OS has always been unpopular for the complications in usability, this version seems to give out signs of becoming user-friendly.
The technical specifications of this device might not be as impressive as the leading smartphones today. The 1.2 Ghz processor and the 5 MP camera might seem to be mediocre numbers and it does reflect a bit on the phone’s performance.
However, there are areas that need to be ironed out in this OS. Although usability has been improved, Blackberry phones can really benefit from improving this factor. Many people do not use these phones because there is a longer learning curve than usual smart phones.
Another downside is that there are fewer applications for users to enjoy. If you are coming from an Android, an iOS device or even a Windows device, it will be a very big adjustment.
Overall, RIM is definitely catching up with the smart phone race at a consistent speed. But there is also no doubt that they have a lot of catching up to do.
The quality of build and design of the Blackberry Torch 9860 is absolutely superb and may actually entice non-Blackberry fans to buy the phone. For this reason, RIM might want to allocate more resources on the software side. After all, the number of applications is a very big selling point for a smart phone or OS.
Although the specs on this gadget are average, people will not mind as long as there is smooth user interface, multi-tasking capabilities and that the experience is not compromised by a hard-to-operate device.