BlackBerry Torch 9850 (US Cellular) review: BlackBerry Torch 9850 (US Cellular)

Callers didn't report any problems on their end either. They said our voice sounded loud and clear, and as natural as on a landline call. They did detect the occasional background noise, but it wasn't distracting. Speakerphone calls were similarly good, though callers did report a more pronounced echo effect at times.

RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 (U.S. Cellular) call quality sample Listen now:

The Torch 9850's battery has a rated talk time of up to 6.8 hours and a rated standby time of up to 13.4 days. According to FCC radiation tests, the Torch 9850 has a digital SAR of 0.9 watts per kilogram.

Conclusion
U.S. Cellular customers who want a taste of the BlackBerry 7 OS will definitely get that with the BlackBerry Torch 9850. It has a sleek and svelte design, and we're glad that it has new technology like 720p HD video capture and a fast 1.2GHz processor. We're not sure it'll entice Android fans away just yet, which is why we wish its $199.99 price with a two-year contract were just a little lower for a midrange phone like this. Yet, for smartphone enthusiasts who want an alternative to Android on U.S. Cellular, the Torch 9850 could be a great fit.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (US Cellular)

Part Number: CNETTorch9850USC

MSRP: $199.99

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 408 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider U.S. Cellular
  • Weight 4.8 oz
  • Diagonal Size 3.7 in
  • Sensor Resolution 5 pixels