BlackBerry Torch 9860 3 Stars

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Look and feel

The 9860 looks good with its shiny chassis, chrome edges and curvy body. The screen measures 3.7 inches and RIM has still found space for five hard keys.

Ease of use

Those five homescreens allow easy organisation of your apps, while the messaging system is excellent. It’s a pity the virtual keyboard suffers from a touch of lag.

Features

Plenty to shout about, with a video player that supports formats of all sorts, including Xvid and DivX, plus a Liquid Graphics screen and a five-megapixel camera (the best we’ve seen on a BlackBerry) that records 720p video. The 1.2Ghz processor and 768MB RAM ensure performance is smooth.

Performance

Surfing the net proved far quicker than many a high-end Android or iPhone handset, and we like the way the universal inbox organises texts, emails and calendar events. That OS proves intuitive, while the screen is responsive.

Battery life

Battery life is pretty average for a smartie at 13 hours; some BlackBerrys boast far longer, but it’s that big display that uses the power.

Pros:
Swift navigation; speedy net navigation; top email and calendar facilities and a really useful universal inbox; Facebook app is also excellent.
Cons:
Disappointing virtual keyboard; touch-screen and keys aren’t a good combination; dearth of entertainment apps.
Rating:
  • Look and Feel 3 Stars
  • Ease of use 4 Stars
  • Features 4 Stars
  • Performance 3 Stars
  • Battery life 3 Stars

Final verdict: 3 Stars

The decent touchscreen works well with the fast, punchy OS, but the lack of apps and the disappointing onscreen keyboard let the handset down.

Review by Mobile Choice