BlackBerry Torch 9850 (US Cellular) review:

BlackBerry Torch 9850 (US Cellular)

Close
Drag
  •  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
MSRP: $199.99
Compare These
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 for U.S. Cellular has a sharp and sleek design. We like the 720pHD video capture, its world phone capabilities, and the improvements BlackBerry 7 OS brings. Call quality was great too.

The Bad The Torch 9850 isn't quite as responsive as we would like, and it's occasionally sluggish.

The Bottom Line The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a great midrange smartphone for U.S. Cellular customers who want an alternative to Android.

Please visit U.S. Cellular for additional models.

7.7 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0

Just because you're a U.S. Cellular customer doesn't mean you're left out of trying the latest handsets. Indeed, the regional carrier has had plenty of great phones come its way, like the Samsung Mesmerize, the LG Genesis, and the HTC Merge. Now it also has a slice of the BlackBerry 7 OS pie with RIM's latest full touch-screen handset, the BlackBerry Torch 9850.

The Torch 9850 for U.S. Cellular is identical to the models for Sprint and Verizon. It is RIM's first full touch-screen handset for the carrier, and we have to say we're quite impressed with it. The 3.7-inch display is crisp and colorful and OS 7 brings a number of under-the-hood improvements like a better browser and 720p HD video capture. The 1.2GHz processor helps improve the phone's overall performance. It's also a dual-mode GSM/CDMA handset for those who want to travel abroad.

As the Torch 9850 for U.S. Cellular has the same design and features as the Sprint version, we'll focus more on slight software and performance differences. For a full review of the device, please read our review of the BlackBerry Torch 9850 for Sprint.

Software
As with any of these phones, the primary difference between carriers is the bundled software. The U.S. Cellular version offers a few carrier-specific apps like City ID, a Games and Themes store, Tone Room Deluxe, Your Navigator Deluxe, and Daily Perks, a daily feed of news courtesy of U.S. Cellular. Aside from these apps, the rest of the phone's software is the same as on the Torch 9850 for Sprint and other BlackBerry 7 OS handsets. For more on BlackBerry 7 OS, please read our review of the BlackBerry Torch 9810.

Best phones of 2016 See All

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    Starting at: $769.00
    4.5 stars

    With two rear cameras and true optical zoom, the iPhone 7 Plus is Apple's most sophisticated...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    Starting at: $459.00
    4.5 stars

    We reviewed the new Samsung Galaxy S7 in London, Berlin, San Francisco and Sydney. It's...

  • Apple iPhone 7

    Starting at: $649.00
    4.5 stars

    Beneath a familiar design, the iPhone 7 adds some great improvements, including water...

  • OnePlus 3

    Starting at: $496.35
    4.5 stars

    You just don't see cheap phones with this combination of price, polish and prime-time...

 

Discuss: BlackBerry Torch 9850 (US Cellular)

Conversation powered by Livefyre