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The display was viewable even in direct sunlight.
The Torch’s touch keyboard isn’t the best we’ve
used. It was relatively fast, but it’s quite narrow in
portrait mode, which resulted in some typos. We
made fewer errors in landscape mode.
The Torch 9850 is powered by a 1.2 -Ghz Qual-
comm 8655 processor and 768MB of RAM, the
same as in the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Launching
and switching between apps was seamless, taking
less than a second in most instances. We streamed
tunes on slacker Radio while playing a few lag-free
rounds of BrickBreaker. We did, however, experience
some lag while surfing the web.
This BlackBerry isn’t a 4G phone, and it showed
in our testing. It took 6 minutes and 10 seconds to
download and install Wikitude. Foursquare took even
longer, at 7:18. We also experienced somewhat
lengthy web page load times.
Taking photos with the Torch’s
5-megapixel camera and flash was
a blast. Images were bright, with
vibrant colors and sharp details.
A 720p video of a dog filmed in natural light
came out a little dark, but details were still sharp
even when he started running towards us.
RIM claims that the Torch’s 1230 mAh lithium-
ion battery can get up to 5.8 hours of talk time.
After we spent the day doing light web surfing,
streaming music, watching videos, and updating
a few of our social networks, the Torch had 30
percent power left.
The $149 BlackBerry Torch 9850 is RIM’s best
attempt yet at an all-touchscreen phone. Power
users looking for a physical keyboard are better
off with the Bold 9900 or 9930, but the Torch
is a pretty good choice for those who want the
BlackBerry experience and a larger canvas.
❸ BlackBerry Bold
T-Mobile’s new BlackBerry 9900 screams luxury
from ever y angle. Impressively thin and sporting
both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard,
this 4G handset is RIM’s answer to the growing
legion of Android phones encroaching on
Looks alone will make BlackBerry addicts
crave this new device. With its 0.4 -inch
profile, the Bold 9900 is the thinnest RIM
handset yet. A brushed-metal band wraps
around the phone, giving it both strength
Typing on the BlackBerry Bold 9900
is a delight. The keys are large, have
plenty of travel, and provide superb tactile
The trade-off for having such a sizable
physical keyboard is the BlackBerry 9900’s
tiny 2.8 -inch display. even so, the 640 x
480 resolution screen has a high pixel
density for its real estate.
equipped with a robust 1.2-Ghz Qualcomm
CPU and 768MB of RAM, the Bold 9900 is
the fastest BlackBerry we’ve used, on a par
with its sibling, the Bold 9930 on Verizon
Wireless. opening and switching between
apps was practically instantaneous.
RIM touts the BlackBerry Bold 9900’s
browser as being “next-generation,” designed
to offer optimized zooming and panning. sadly,
it isn’t optimized enough for our tastes. First,
thebrowser doesn’t supportFlash, likeAndroid
phones do. In addition, when we were view-
ing large sites such as the desktop version
of Cnn.com, the phone often stuttered a bit
as we zoomed in or out.
Unlike the 3G BlackBerry Bold 9930 on Verizon,
the Bold 9900 features an hsPA+ 4G data connec-
tion on T-Mobile’s network. however, we didn’t see
4G speeds in practice. The phone took about 6.5
seconds to load the mobile version of The New York
Times site. Android-based 4G phones on T-Mobile,
such as the myTouch 4G slide and the hTC sensa-
tion 4G, loaded those same mobile pages in 5 to 6
The Bold 9900’s 720p camcorder recorded
clear video of new York street scenes, complete
with detailed taxi cabs and textured brick and
concrete buildings. The microphone was also
sensitive enough to pick up the hum of traffic.
We enjoyed excellent voice quality over T-Mobile’s
network; spoken words came through loud and
clear over the Bold 9900’s earpiece.
The phone’s 1230 mAh battery is rated for up
to 6.3 hours of talk time. During everyday use, the
device still had 30 percent charge after 36 hours.
While very elegant, the $299 BlackBerry Bold
9900 suffers from the same affliction as its Verizon
cousin, the $249 Bold 9930. Both represent the
ultimate in messaging devices, but the tiny displays
and lackluster app selection leave us wanting more.
of course, business users who don’t want to kick
the BlackBerry habit will find lots to like here, such
as beefed-up performance, a sexy design, and the
Bugatti of mobile keyboards. so hopefully their IT
departments can foot the bill.
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