The Blackberry Torch 9810 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 have a number of shared features that we hold in high acclaim. Although they look quite distinct at face value, one sporting a fully touchscreen design and the other sticking quite faithfully to the look and feel of the original Torch, they both benefit enormously from the new BlackBerry operating system. So what are the best shared features of these devices?
BlackBerry Torch 9810
Though not the power of some of the needlessly powerful dual core chips that come in a number of the current Android devices, the BlackBerry 1.2GHz single core processor is perfectly capable as far as we are concerned and put up a great show in tests. There is little doubt that the phones are fast enough and doesn’t suffer from any lag or issues of slowness.
Both the new BlackBerrys get the new Liquid Display from BlackBerry. Considering these phones both offer touch screen abilities, these two displays are excellent and can’t be faulted. The touch screen capabilities of the 640x480p devices are excellent. Though both screens are different sizes they are also quite excellent visually and are fine for watching content and browsing on. We found the respective 3.2 and 3.7 inch screens to be large and capable enough for browsing and the smaller 9810 with its optical tracker is perfectly suited for these tasks.
BlackBerry Torch 9860
Both the BlackBerry phones are nicely designed phones, even if they do look a little different. The 9810 looks very similar to the original BlackBerry Torch – in fact it looks virtually the same aside from a few tweaks. The 9860 is more Android like in its candy bar shaped appeal and is also attractive. Blackberry have moved away from the faux leather and slightly dubious design tweaks to include a more slim lined and classic style in the new phones and they look all the fresher for it.
One of the best things about a BlackBerry is the array of applications and other bits and bobs you get with the operating system. There are a number of business orientated applications that are included, such as Docs2Go and Word and Excel readers and this pushes the devices towards their intended markets and is the excellent thing about the phones.
Blackberry Torch 9810 and Torch 9860
The BlackBerry gets a new and improved OS, which is a vast improvement in speed and style on the previous devices systems which lack massively. The new OS is just as modern as that of Android 2.3 and will put BlackBerry back on the mobile phone map. BlackBerry OS7 now features HTML5 video support, improved social networking features and a revamped music player. While this is put to great effect with the Torch 9860, which is essentially an entertainment-centric device, it is also of great benefit to the more traditional style used by the Torch 9810.
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will probably be most popular with people who used the original Torch, as it offers a similar design and experience but with all the benefits of the new operating system. The Torch 9860 on the other hand will probably appeal to younger BlackBerry users who have always enjoyed BlackBerry Messenger as a means of communicating with friends but are also interested in a bit more entertainment power in their next phone.