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BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Sprint)With its stylish look, updated features, and fair price, the full touchscreen BlackBerry Torch 9850 is worth your attention.
-[unk] exactly how the best track record when it comes to full touchscreen phones. I mean, come on, remember the storm. Bit latest effort puts [unk] back in the game. I'm Jessica Dolcourt, and this is a fist look at the Blackberry Torch 9850 for Sprint. Like I said, this is a full touchscreen phone that traps the signal through Blackberry keyboard. It's got a 3.7-inch WGA screen that looks really sharp and clear. There 5 hardware buttons bellow the screen that corresponds to the dialer, the menu, the back button, and the power on button. The center select button doubles as a navigational track pad as well. Overall, the design looks really sharp. I'm not kidding either because the top and the bottom and end points. In addition to the classy black face, there's also the shiny silver rim that surrounds the phone, and then nice soft touch finish on the back cover. I'm a lot less into the thin ribbons that cover the camera shutter button and the volume rocker on the right spine. It's almost like there couple of extra drops of plastic that accidentally got left behind on the phone. I can't say that the buttons feel comfortable either, but I do appreciate that rim as trying for unique look. On the back, there is 5-megapixel camera with flash and 720p HD video capture. I haven't had much time with the phone at this point, but so far, the camera took some very nice indoor photos and video with good clarity and good color. Under the hood, the phone has a 1.2 gigahertz processor, an gigabyte of onboard memory with a card slot behind the back cover that takes up to 32 gigabytes and external storage. For international travelers, it's also got room for GSM SIM card behind the back cover, so that's a really good extra. The Torch runs on Blackberry OS 7, which is a slight upgrade to OS 6 and it has rims new liquid graphics display. There's also new voice control for the phones universal search. It comes preloaded with apps like the Blackberry world app store, blackberry messenger, a music player, maps, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Documents to Go. Of course, there's also Blackberry's trademark secure e-mail support. The Torch 9850 cost 149.99 with a new 2-year contract and it will be available on August 21st. I think that's a really fair price for the specs, which are good, but without a dual core processor, without a front-facing camera, and without 4G capabilities, it's gonna have hard time competing with absolute most premium android phones on the market. However, I will say that so far, I really enjoy the look and the feel of this phone. It feels really responsive and easy to use. I also think that it looks cool, so I kind of dig this unique design. If you're a Sprint customer and looking for a new phone, I think this one is definitely worth your attention, although I admit it's not for everyone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt. You find more pros and cons on the Blackberry Torch 9850 on CNET.com.