BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review: Living The Olympic Creed: Design And Construction

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Design and construction (continued)

The five controls on the front panel are the typical BlackBerry set. You acquire two keys on each side of the optical trackpad (Call and Menu on the left, Back and End key on the right). The trackpad is as fine as you would expect from RIM, or otherwise assumed – it’s perfect. The buttons all have solid stroke and adequate press feedback.




The four keys below the display and the trackpad

On top of the front panel we find the earpiece and a status Light Emitting Diode (LED) to notify of missed calls and messages, low battery and charging. The proximity sensor, which takes care of switching off the display when you hrecent it next to your ear during calls, is here too.



The Light Emitting Diode (LED) sensor is correct next to the earpiece

The left side of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is where the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port is placed. There isn't a cover over it so dust is likely to accumulate over time.




The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port has no protective cover over it

On the right, we find the so-called convenience key, the 3.5mm audio jack and the volume rocker. Much like the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port, the 3.5mm audio jack is exposed.




The convenience key, the volume rocker and the 3.5mm audio jack are on the right

The convenience key’s default function is capturing camera which means it will let you both start the capturing camera and hold pictures. You can set it to serve other functions though.

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 loudspeaker grill is located on top, between the two of the company’s tradeimprint hidden keys. The Lock key is on charge of turning the classy screen on and off while the Mute key now acts as a Play/Pautilize button when playing music and videos to highlight the media slant of the phone.




The loudspeaker is flanked by the two hidden keys

The bottom of the Torch is completely bare with no functional elements whatsoever.



There’s nothing to see at the bottom

Sliding up reveals the four-row QWERTY keyboard, which is the typically fine BlackBerry stuff. The tiny keys are carefully sculpted to be tactile and the overall setup is really making the most of the limited space. Typing on the Torch is by no means inferior to proven performers like the Bold.





The keyboard is as comfortable as it gets

The keys are clicky and solid to press, and there’s more than enough headroom for the topmost row. All in all we can hardly imagine anyone doing a better job with the keyboard so RIM deserves credit here. Now, if you factor in those side-sliders which give you so much space things might see a different but it’s comparing apples to oranges really.

Rearside, the Torch flaunts the 5 megapixel capturing camera lens. A Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash is correct next to it, aiming to aid low-light shooting.





The 5 megapixel capturing camera lens and the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash

Below the ribbed cover is hot-swappable microSD card slot and the 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery. It’s assumed to last up to 432 hours of stand-by or up to 5 hours and 40 minutes of talk-time, which is hardly impressive. We squeezed a day and a half on a single charge but we were probably pushing the phone too hard.



The 1300 mAh battery and the microSD card slot are under the hood

The build quality of the Torch is excellent as we’ve come to expect from the Canadian company. The slider mechanism has its moments of wobble but nothing major. Many would go ahead and call the phone chunky. We prefer solid. The Torch looks fine and the 161 grams are not so hard to handle.






Handling the Torch

If your cup is usually half-empty, you would probably go as far as calling the Torch a touch phone that could’ve done just as well without the touchscreen. Looking on the colorful side – the Torch is a accurate BlackBerry with a fully-functional touchscreen. In the discontinue though, we’ll know how colorful it is, only after we’ve checked the refreshed user interface. So, shall we.


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