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First Look: BlackBerry Torch 9810 (AT&T)

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First Look: BlackBerry Torch 9810 (AT&T)

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The BlackBerry Torch 9810 has plenty of improvements over its predecessor, but those wanting a revolutionary new design will be disappointed.

I'm Nicole Lee, senior associate editor for CNET.com and this is a First Look at the BlackBerry Torch 9810 for AT&T. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is a successor to the BlackBerry Torch 9800 from the previous year. As you can see, the design is very similar. In fact, it's almost identical. The key differences between the 2 devices seem to lie within the brighter and cleaner display as well as a slightly wider keyboard. One key difference is that it has BlackBerry's latest OS 7. BlackBerry 7 offers a number of different improvements over OS 6. For example, it has improved HTML5 video support and has a new Liquid Graphics technology that promises fluid animations, instant response times to taps and improved graphics. It also now has voice activated universal search. Another improved feature with OS 7 is augmented reality. This is enabled with a digital compass and accelerometer. Aside from that OS 7 looks and feels the same to OS 6, you get the same menu interface, for example, you can switch from different home screens and the home screens can be collapsed down to a smaller invisible tray. Some of the improved apps that come included with the Torch 9810 include a premium version of Docs to Go, BBM6, BlackBerry Balance and BlackBerry Protect. The Torch 9810, as you can see here has a very nice and bright 3.2-inch display, very nice and colorful, as you can see here. Beneath the display are the usual shortcuts for the menu, the back key, as well as the send and end functions. If the touch screen isn't enough for you and you want more precise control, you can use the optical trackpad as well. Slide the phone up and you get the very infamous BlackBerry keyboard. It's a little shallow to our taste and you might not be comfortable with it if you have very large thumbs, but generally we found it decent and easy to use. Another key upgrade over the old Torch is that the Torch 9810 has a 1.2 gigahertz processor. This makes navigation really speedy, really fast. The phone also has Wi-Fi and support for AT&T's HSPA Plus network. On the back of the phone is a 5-megapixel camera and for the first time, the Torch 9810 can record 720p HD video. The Torch 9810 is 8 gigabytes on-board memory but if you want more, there's always a micro SD card slot on the back. For pricing and availability, please check out my full review on CNET.com. I'm Nicole Lee. This has been a First Look at the BlackBerry Torch 9810.

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