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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 review - RIM's latest take at the touchscreen smartphone

Review by Dan Seifert on Thursday September 08, 2011.

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2.7 stars

(How we score)

Great camera and video, bright display, fast processor
Buggy software, clunky OS, lackluster battery life


The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is the latest all-touchscreen smartphone to come from RIM. Eschewing the Storm moniker, and its much-derided SurePress screen, the Torch 9850 is touchscreen slate smartphone in a much more traditional sense. It runs the latest BlackBerry 7 OS and is powered by the fastest chip that RIM has ever put in a smartphone. Is this enough to compete in today's market that is packed to the gills with high-end, all-touch smartphones? Has RIM finally figured out how make a all-touch phone that isn't maddening to use?

RIM has made quite a few leaps and bounds over its previous touch-only phones with the Torch 9850, but it hasn't quite made the jump into the competitive arena that the iPhone and the best Android smartphones play in. The Torch 9850 sports quality, if a bit ugly, hardware and components, but its dated, clunky user interface is what really holds it back from shining. Every time you use the Torch 9850, you are reminded that this is an ancient OS that has been shoe-horned onto a touchscreen smartphone. While not everything was bad, and I would take the Torch 9850 over anything bearing the Storm name in a heartbeat, with so many other choices on the market, I just can't recommend someone picking the Torch 9850.

This review was based upon a Sprint branded version of the Torch 9850, but the vast majority of the review is equally relevant to the Verizon Wireless edition, as well. Read on to see the ins and outs and why the Torch 9850 really just doesn't make the cut.

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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