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BlackBerry Torch 9850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the camera and usability are overall positive. The design and screen also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the battery, while many are critical about the features and apps.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (US Cellular)

 

Just because you're a U.S. Cellular customer doesn't mean you're left out of trying the latest handsets. Indeed, the regional carrier has had plenty of great phones come its way, like the Samsung Mesmerize , the LG Genesis , and the HTC Merge . Now it...

The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 for U.S. Cellular has a sharp and sleek design. We like the 720pHD video capture, its world phone capabilities, and the improvements BlackBerry 7 OS brings. Call quality was great too.

The Torch 9850 isn't quite as responsive as we would like, and it's occasionally sluggish.

The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a great midrange smartphone for U.S. Cellular customers who want an alternative to Android.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Verizon Wireless)

 

RIM is once again making the rounds with its latest line of BlackBerry smartphones, with the Torch 9850 heading to Verizon Wireless after its initial launch with Sprint. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 marked a milestone for BlackBerry as the first-ever full...

The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 's svelte design and sharp screen give it consumer-level appeal. Features like 720p HD video capture, world phone capabilities, and an enhanced operating system are welcome. Call quality is good as well.

The Torch 9850 suffers from the occasional sluggishness, and there are times when the touch screen isn't as responsive as we would like.

The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 for Verizon Wireless is a laudable midrange smartphone, but it faces stiff competition.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850

 

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 offers a bright touch display and long battery life, but the lack of 4G and limited app selection hold it back.

The $149 BlackBerry Torch 9850 is RIM's best attempt yet at wooing consumers who want a smartphone with a large display but don't want to give up BlackBerry standout features such as secure push e-mail and world phone capability. Still, RIM has a ways...

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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 (U.S. Cellular)

 

Looking for a U.S. Cellular world phone that won't break the bank when you're abroad? The BlackBerry 9850 has a killer feature for international business travelers: it uses less data to accomplish the same tasks than other smartphones, lowering your...

Very well built. Sips data. World phone

Somewhat slippery touch screen. Tiny portrait-style touch keyboard. Very poor app selection and quality

The BlackBerry 9850 is a well-built messaging smartphone, but lacks the apps to compete with other leading smartphone OSes.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 review

 

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 marks RIM's third attempt at a touchscreen-only phone with no keyboard. Though you might think of it as a Storm 3, RIM's gone with the newer (and arguably less infamous) Torch brand for this one. The...

Beautiful, bright touchscreen ; Good built-in camera ; Great, loud speaker

Terrible on-screen keyboad ; App selection is weak, many apps are incompatible ; Hardware buttons are poorly designed

I’m not quite sure who RIM had in mind when it designed this device

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BlackBerry Torch 9850

 

Monza. It's a beautiful part of Italy, a majestic park split by one of the most historic racetracks in the world, and it was also the codename for this rather more homely looking phone. This is a handset that would go on to be known by many names...

Solid, comfortable design ; Great call performance ; Bright 3.7-inch LCD

Mediocre on-screen keyboard ; BlackBerry 7 already feels dated ; Somewhat limited app selection

if you're down with BlackBerry for the long-haul, you could do worse than the Torch 9850.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Sprint)

 

RIM's history with all-touch handsets that don't carry its trademark keyboard has been spotty; it flew by the mark with its inaugural effort, the BlackBerry Storm, which turned us off with its lack of Wi-Fi and its awkward SurePress screen technology...

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a sharp-looking, dual-mode world phone with a good camera and offering 720p HD video playback

Call quality, speakerphone, and general performance on the BlackBerry Torch 9850 hit some snags

With its full touch screen and fair price tag, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 shows that RIM is ready to compete with others in Sprint's lineup, although it's not without its flaws.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Verizon Wireless)

 

As we've already mentioned in other BlackBerry handset reviews, BlackBerry App World is a disaster. It's arguably even worse on the Torch 9850, as fewer apps show up as compatible with this handset than on standard, QWERTY-equipped BlackBerrys...

True world phone. Great battery life. Good Web browser. Solid music and video playback

Mediocre voice quality. Clumsy typing experience. No 4G. Confused touch screen UI. Weak app market

The Torch 9850's touch keyboard isn't up to BlackBerry standards, and its app market isn't up to smartphone standards.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Sprint)

 

Press a button, and the bright-enough 3.7-inch, 800-by-480 screen comes on. The touchscreen is made of a warm, slightly convex plastic which is durable, but feels slicker and greasier than the touchscreens on many other competing smartphones.

Well designed. World phone. Sips data

Touch keyboard can be difficult to use. Few apps. No 4G

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 for Sprint is neither the carrier's best smartphone nor its best BlackBerry.

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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 Review

 

After close to two years of dormancy, RIM is about to unleash their third take on the all touchscreen form factor with the BlackBerry Torch 9850. Not messing around with any gimmicks, it seems that the Torch 9850 might be the actual one to finally end...

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