The Blackberry Torch is the manufacturers latest foray into
the Smartphone market. This handset
utilises a touch-screen as well as a full QWERTY keyboard, the latter of which
is commonly seen on Blackberry phones.
This gives users the opportunity to navigate the user
interface and browse the web with the intuitive efficiency of the TFT
capacitive touchscreen, yet take advantage of the text entry speeds offered by
the keyboard. This makes it perfect for
those who send a lot of emails or text messages, meaning the Blackberry Torch
is likely to find favour amongst business users and social networkers alike.
The handset measures 111x 62x 14.6 mm, so it is impressively
slimline and lightweight (at 161 g) for a handset with a separate keyboard
unit. The TFT capacitive touchscreen
measures 3.2 inches and is able to display 16 million separate colours within
360x 480 pixels. The resulting image
display is of the utmost quality, making it perfect for viewing photos and
videos as well as surfing the web or even gaming. Additionally, there is an optical trackpad
for navigating the user interface and choosing options from menus.
Users are able to customise the sound of their Blackberry
Torch thanks to the ability to assign MP3 files as ring tones, which functions
alongside vibration to alert users to incoming calls and messages as well as
A generous 4 GB of internal storage is provided as standard,
so users can keep plenty of files within the handset, be they music tracks or
Microsoft Office documents. The handset
is compatible with numerous video and music file formats thanks to the
versatile internal media player. A
selection of pre-installed games along with access to a library of downloadable
games adds to the handsets arsenal of entertainment features.
The manufacturer is renowned for producing handsets which
are great for browsing the Internet, and the Blackberry Torch is no
exception. In areas with 3G coverage, an
HSDPA connection allows access to the Internet whilst a faster connection can
be achieved thanks to Wi-Fi when in proximity to a wireless Internet router. MicroUSB and Bluetooth connections are
provided as standard meaning users can connect the phone to compatible hardware
Blackberry has clearly made more of an effort with the
digital camera on this handset than some of its predecessors. Boasting 5 mega pixels, the camera operates
at 2592x 1944 pixels, so the resulting still images are of superb quality. A number of image enhancing features are
included, simplifying the task of taking great quality snapshots. As if great quality still images werent
enough, the camera also boasts the ability to shoot video footage in VGA
quality at 24 frames per second.