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It is a high-end smartphone available on the AT&T mobile network in the US and on the Rogers network in Canada.

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Pros

full slide-out QWERTY keyboard - a BlackBerry specialty that blows most other phone keyboards out of the water

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the first phone to run RIM's latest BlackBerry 6 operating system

10 agree

5MP camera with LED flash

9 agree

802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity

9 agree

great battery life compared to most other phones on the market

6 agree

GPS

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microSD card slot for external memory expansion

4 agree

4GB of internal storage

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optical trackpad

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512MB of RAM - doubling that of previous generation devices

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respectable 3.2" capacitive touchscreen display (480 x 360px)

3 agree

standard BlackBerry look and feel

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universal search

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user-friendly notification system

1 agrees

new webkit based browser with tabs

1 agrees

Slick design, very modern look. Great Blackberry quality.

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Cons

not the revolutionary device most were hoping for to keep RIM competitive in the consumer market

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fully plastic construction

5 agree

dated aesthetic for a consumer device

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underpowered compared to other consumer based devices from the likes of Apple, HTC and Motorola

4 agree

quite bulky compared to QWERTY-less devices

4 agree

3.2" 480 x 360 screen is tiny compared to most WVGA or iPhone's retina display.

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few apps for this phone - existing BB apps not compatible with BB OS 6

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OS6 is very buggy

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new webkit browser is slow

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The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 Slider is a high-end smartphone available on the AT&T mobile network in the US and on the Rogers network in Canada. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and a touchscreen as well as a slide-out QWERTY keypad similar to previous Blackberry phones. Additionally, the BlackBerry 9800 Slider is one of the first Blackberry's to feature version 6 of the Blackberry OS.

The BlackBerryTorch's touchscreen allows users to navigate menus and prompts the way rival smartphone operating systems (iOS, Android) do while its slide-out signature BlackBerry keypad provides an alternative for those who prefer a physical interface for navigating and typing. Meanwhile, the BlackBerry 9800 Slider's BB OS 6 offers upgraded functionality and an updated user interface.

Features
  • Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Full-colour touchscreen
  • Running Blackberry OS 6
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Data: EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s/HSUPA 2.0 Mbit/s, 3G capable
  • WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity
  • A-GPS
     
Post Review
ScottP
06/08/2011 11:34

This phone really looks like the #rim_blackberry_torch_9800 minus the QWERTY keyboard. Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.

Dom
01/25/2011 10:49

I actually owned this (unlocked) for a couple of weeks in December 2010 and played around with it. It gets a ridiculous battery life, even better than my Samsung Captivate on Android. The user interface, once you get acquainted, is really to like. Good camera, great keyboard, and a whole heck of security features. I didn't find the smallish screen a problem as you have to remember that you're getting a physical keyboard as well. If it had a 4" screen this phone would just be a brick. Web browsing was ok.

What bugged me was that App World had very few apps available (at the time). For instance, in the GPS/travel category, there were 88 apps. So, I could actually look at each one to see if there's any good offline GPS navigation available. But there wasn't. Also, the CPU (600MHz Marvell) could have used a speed bump to 1GHz, but remember, that's also where a big chunk of the battery life comes from.

Overall, a very user-friendly phone with a powerful OS underneath. I wouldn't ignore BB in the "smartphone wars"!

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