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BlackBerry Torch 9810 – an Initial Thoughts review

Research In Motion’s original BlackBerry Torch 9800 originated from an obvious need to bridge the gap between the tried and tested physical keypad, and the smart-induced world of the touch screen. The Torch was aimed to circumvent the current debate over touch-screen versus keypad functionality, where questions were raised over its slightly clumpy, ponderous looks but it was unveiled with great suspense to a starved hybrid market.

Over a year later, the Torch 9810 hits the shelves with only weeks to spare before the run up to Christmas. We actually felt that the original Torch suffered with some academic fragilities when we first met the device in August of 2010 – to be honest, OMR expected more of the same this time around.

As we predicted, the 9810 might as well be the original Torch, masquerading in a different coloured jacket. In spite of this rather childish observation, the processing power has been doubled and there are some finer details to notice on the device itself.

The beautifully chequered metallic pattern on the back cover is particularly striking, although it’s not exactly a ‘clincher’ if you are torn between a couple of handsets. It is a thoughtful addition though, considering the distinctively ‘plain’ style they usually like to exhibit. There are some differences to the front of the handset, including a new black trim that outlines the front screen and the camera on the rear. Realistically, the only way to spot the new Torch handset is by the colour, so look out for the white and gun-metal back covers.

In addition to the increased power, the 9810 has also increased its inventory with internal storage of up to 8GB. There are no surprises with the maximum SD card size, which stands at 32GB but there is a universal limit of 189MB on application storage. This is certainly worth remembering before you enjoy a spate of free downloadable games and apps, without being able to use them. The only true redemption is that BlackBerry App world is still light years behind that of the Android marketplace, which is coupled with a terribly dull selection of content – where we don’t expect any tears or tantrums, as a result of the aforementioned limitations.

You must be wondering if it is really worth committing to a two-year contract on a device that is likely to be outdated soon, but never underestimate the demand for a newer BlackBerry. The phone’s looks alone are probably enough to shift units in huge numbers, but if you require a machine that demonstrates a messaging master class with the best of keypad and touchscreen – the Torch 9810 deserves some serious consideration.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.