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Product Review: BlackBerry Torch 9800 on AT&T

BlackBerry Torch left tilt The BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone on AT&T has a slide-out keyboard and runs the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. Has optical trackpad for navigation, a 624 Mhz processor, 4 GB of memory built in and comes with a 4 GB memory card (but can hold a 32 GB card). The 5 megapixel camera has a flash, auto focus, geo-tagging, zoom and options including scene modes.

Price: $199.99 after two-year contract on AT&T, on sale for $99.99 on Amazon.com with AT&T contract. Requires a minimum data service starting at $15 a month.

Ups: The new interface has an Android feel to it, with a menu that slides up to reveal icons for every program, and an interface that allows you to swipe a finger sideways to reveal program shortcuts lumped into different categories. It also smoothly integrates personal messages from all major social outlets -- such as Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging services -- to be seen at once with one click.

The phone has a solid feel while handling it and the keyboard has BlackBerry's signature raised keys. Camera does a great job at focusing photos.

Downs: The sync function with your computer's music, photos and videos was difficult to use. I found it annoying to get the music I wanted saved to my phone. I also came across a glitch in the program that shows my photos: the same thumbnail was showing up for five different pictures.

The processor is 624 Mhz, but most of the new smartphones this summer are faster with 1 Ghz processors.

Bottom line: The operating system improvements make this the best BlackBerry on the market, but it's not perfect. Work-focused Blackberry users will really enjoy this upgrade, but the casual smartphone user will probably like the iPhone or Android system better.


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Consumers Review

Wow amazing prize! From $199 dollar to $99 dollar? Would it be possible for that prize? But anyways thanks for your article about blackberry! Keep posting and go cheers!

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This video isn't loading for me, but I like the review anyway, I am thinking about buying a blackberry cell phone.

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