BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Sprint)

The Good The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a sharp-looking, dual-mode world phone with a good camera and offering 720p HD video playback.

The Bad Call quality, speakerphone, and general performance on the BlackBerry Torch 9850 hit some snags.

The Bottom Line With its full touch screen and fair price tag, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 shows that RIM is ready to compete with others in Sprint's lineup, although it's not without its flaws.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.6 Overall

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Sprint)

Just when we were wondering when BlackBerry would end its smartphone dry spell, RIM announced not one, but four new smartphones for U.S. release, including the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the full touch-screen cousin to the Torch, the BlackBerry Torch 9850. (AT&T has a version of the latter called the Torch 9860.)

RIM's history with all-touch handsets that don't carry its trademark keyboard has been spotty; it flew by the mark with its inaugural effort, the BlackBerry Storm, which turned us off with its lack of Wi-Fi and its awkward SurePress screen technology that required you to click the touch screen to select, the way you would a button. The revised Storm 2 was an improvement, with Wi-Fi, double the memory, and some performance fixes, but it still struggled to stand up to the competition.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $450
  • Brand Sprint
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Diagonal Size 3.7 in
  • Weight 4.8 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, digital compass
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
  • Additional Features SureType technology, intelligent typing (SWYPE)
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