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
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.
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.