A few nits prevent it from really shining
At first glance, the Torch is a handsome device. Decked in a combination of matte black plastic and burnished chrome trim, the Torch is all sleek curves and gentle slopes. The Torch is heavy, on account of a vertical slider form factor. The display is a capacitive touchscreen and at 3.2-inches is the lower limit of what we consider usable.
The Blackberry OS is clearly not intended for touch-screens. We had to use the trackpad in most cases. Owning to the touchscreen, the Torch 9800 has a very nice on-screen keypad that can be oriented in landscape mode also. Overall, we found the touch interface pretty decent, and it’s always good to have multiple interface options, as long as you get them right.
Signal quality was very good in all the zones. The loudspeaker has good clarity, but its volume is on the lower side, although still much beter than the Nokia E72. Handsfree clarity is good, although vocals sound a bit thinner. The Torch 9800 has a very decent camera, in fact dhots showed decent colour and fair contrast, but good focus. We recommend the Blackberry Torch, but not at the MRP. At around RS. 25,000, would be a really good deal.
OS: Blackberry OS 6;
CPU: 600 MHz;
Display: 3.2 inches,360×480 pixels, 16m colours;
Qwerty keppad; Camera: 5 megapixels;
Weight: 161 g
Price: Rs. 35,000