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BlackBerry Torch (9800) slide phone

BlackBerry Torch (9800) slider phone from RIM BlackBerry

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Launched first to the USA/Canadian mobile phone networks, the all new BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider phone (originally known as the BlackBerry Slider) will also be available to UK BlackBerry users, initially it seems via Vodafone and then via Orange, with rumours that O2 will also offer the latest BlackBerry smartphone. With so many recent smartphone/android launches, the launch of BlackBerry's 'best ever' BlackBerry handset has been long awaited by BlackBerry enthusiasts throughout the UK.

The all new BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first RIM smartphone to run the BlackBerry 6 OS and also to combine slide smartphone. a QWERTY keyboard and full touch screen technology. The BlackBerry Torch offers excellent multimedia capabilities, with 8GB of memory as standard/expandable to 32GB via a microSD card and a greatly upgraded music player and video experience, backed by the all new BlackBerry 6 operating system. There is a highly capable 5MP camera/video, along with fully integrated social media feeds and a new, faster/richer web browsing experience with tabbed browsing and many new features. Battery life is good, with 5.8 hours of talk time and 30 hours of music playback. In addition, there has been a complete upgrade of the graphical menus and interface with the BlackBerry Torch - far more intuitive! For an online interactive demo of the BlackBerry Torch 9800: demo BlackBerry Torch.

BlackBerry Torch providers in the UK include O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone & Utility Warehouse BlackBerry Torch Providers: Vodafone, Orange, T-MobileO2, Three and the Carphone Warehouse, with SIM free/hanset only options via eBay & Amazon.

BlackBerry Torch video's

Watch BlackBerry Torch video BlackBerry Torch 9800 (slide) video's
Watch BlackBerry Torch video Introducing the Torch 9800 - BlackBerry's first slide smartphone
Watch BlackBerry Torch video Love what you do - commercial/montage overview of the BlackBerry Torch
Watch BlackBerry Torch video BlackBerry Torch review | Fritz Nelson, InformationWeek
Watch BlackBerry Torch video BlackBerry Torch launch party - LA, August 14th 2010

BlackBerry Torch support/technical/help

BlackBerry Torch technical support / help video BlackBerry Torch 9800 - support & technical resources
BlackBerry Torch technical support / help video How to navigate/interact with the BlackBerry Torch 9800 slide phone
BlackBerry Torch technical support / help video How to use BlackBerry Torch/BlackBerry 6.0 Global Search
BlackBerry Torch technical support / help video How to use BlackBerry Torch pictures application
BlackBerry Torch technical support / help video BlackBerry Torch - how to use the pop-up menu
BlackBerry Torch technical support / help video BlackBerry Torch - how to use tabbed web browser and shortcut icons
BlackBerry Torch technical support / help video BlackBerry Torch camera application - how to use it

Reviews / opinion leader comment

Whilst still very early days for the BlackBerry Torch and ahead of the UK launch, below are a few excerpts, comments and thoughts from opinion leaders and users alike.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 hands on

Jonathan Geller: All in all, we came away with mixed emotions. On one hand, OS 6 is a much better UI leap from OS 5 than OS 5 was to OS 4, but it still feels a bit not thought out. On the other hand, the device seems like it will continue to excel at specific functions, mainly email, any sort of text-based messaging, etc. My personal thought so far is: this is a stop gap device for current BlackBerry users… and that’s an issue. iPhone 4 or recent Android owners won’t be lusting after the 9800, and that’s never a good thing. We have some images in our gallery for you BlackBerry fanatics to drool over! [read more]

BlackBerry Torch Keeps RIM in the Smartphone Game

Rob Enderle: Much like the new iPhone builds on the strengths of earlier versions, this new BlackBerry isn’t trying to be anything but a better BlackBerry phone. The Torch isn’t like so many of the phones that have been coming out from a variety of vendors (including RIM with the Storm) that attempt to clone the iPhone. I think that is a good thing, because the BlackBerry has many advantages over the other phones.

The Torch is a return to RIM’s roots, and a nice advancement on what has come before. Much like Apple tends to be successful by improving on its own model and has stumbled when copying others, so has RIM in the past. The Torch represents what may be a very Apple-like strategy of being true to RIM’s origins. People aren’t all the same, and considering RIM has a higher market share than Apple does right now, that could work out well for them. [read more]

BlackBerry Torch Impressions

Matt Buchanan: BlackBerry Torch. The name of the phone that RIM hopes will revitalize BlackBerry is so metaphorically heavy handed that it almost inflicts blunt-force trauma. The iconic BlackBerry metastasized into a slider with sparkly new software, it's wonderfully weird...So, you immediately get the sense that the Torch is a flagship for RIM in the same way that the T-Mobile G1 was for Google when it launched Android nearly two years ago—the phone had to do everything, be anything, to any developer or consumer, since it was it was trying to launch a brand new platform. In this case, RIM's trying to re-launch BlackBerry, with OS 6, which has the deeply unenviable task of trying to be great for suits—BlackBerry's lifeblood—and dudes in's a lot more to dig into, but a few things are clear right now. The Torch and BlackBerry OS 6 take what BlackBerry's already doing and move it forward slightly—they're not reinventing, overturning, or blowing up things. Even the sorta kinda half-crazy slider design of the Torch feels fundamentally like a BlackBerry, just a leeeeettle different. Which is fine, in a way—existing BlackBerry users who just want the same thing will probably love this. [read more]

BlackBerry Torch Gets RIM Back on Track

Lance Ulanoff: Unlike the ill-conceived BlackBerry Storm, there is no ridiculous gimmick in the BlackBerry Torch. Instead, it's the product of a lot of smart, clear-headed thinking about what existing BlackBerry users, like me, want...When RIM first showed me the Storm two years ago, I was excited, but concerned. I knew that "touch-press" would not fly. The first time I saw the BlackBerry Torch, I had the exact opposite feeling. My own Blackberry Bold 9000 seemed instantly subpar by comparison. [read more]

Carrying a Torch for RIM

Michael Gartenberg: According to RIM, this is the best BlackBerry ever and I don’t dispute that. Users who require a Blackberry for work standards will find the Torch the object of their desire. The question is, will the Torch be bright enough to lure users away from the latest and greatest Android devices, iPhone 4 and a newly re-invigorated Microsoft Windows Phone 7? At the moment, if you’re a diehard BlackBerry user, there’s a lot to love but in terms of the state of the art, RIM hasn’t quite caught up to the leaders of the pack in terms of either device or platform. Was this the right move for RIM? I think it was the move RIM needed to make to at least be on par with most of the features we’ve seen in modern mobile platforms, even if they weren’t the first ones there. With the foundations in place, what RIM needs to do now is move quickly to raise the bar even further with more compelling hardware and software features; not merely be satisfied following the leaders but once again taking the pole position. [read more]

BlackBerry Torch first impressions

Bonnie Cha: Generally speaking, we liked the phone's design. The handset itself is solid and is still compact enough to comfortably sit in a pants pocket. The combination of the touch screen and physical QWERTY keyboard gives you the best of both worlds, but we were really disappointed that it had a lower-resolution screen...In terms of software, BlackBerry OS 6 brings some much-needed improvements to the business-minded smartphone, and does a good job of presenting a more user-friendly interface and quicker access to relevant tools...Even before the great unveiling, some were already calling the Torch RIM's "iPhone killer" and though we'd rather never hear that term again, we were certainly interested in seeing what RIM had to offer. [read more]

BlackBerry Torch (aka the Bold 9800) - review

Joshua Topolsky: When we began our review of the BlackBerry Torch (aka the Bold 9800), our hearts were all aflutter. The leaked shots we'd been seeing of some kind of Palm Pre-esque RIM slider were different and frankly weird enough to cause a kind of low hum gadget lust...To call the Torch the "best BlackBerry ever" wouldn't be an understatement, but unfortunately for RIM and the faithful, their best isn't nearly good enough. [read more]

BlackBerry Torch - is this the future of BlackBerry?

Stuart Miles (Pocket-lint): The BlackBerry Torch looks very promising, something that will whet the appetite of the BB faithful, and possibly allow RIM to stay in the race for Smartphone dominance. With the help of a new OS - BlackBerry 6 - BlackBerry has been able to create a device that we suspect most BlackBerry Bold owners will want to upgrade to. Yes, the BB 6 OS will be coming to the BlackBerry 9700, but this brings with it a touchscreen that the Storm series could only dream about. [read more]

BlackBerry Torch specifications

  • Camera & video: 5 MP camera, 2X digital zoom, Continuous auto-focus, mage stabilization, Flash, 11 scene modes & Video recording.
  • Media player: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3 (video) & MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis (audio).
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, WPA / WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, Cisco CCX certified, Wi-Fi® access to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Internet Bundle & Support for UMA (carrier-dependent).
  • Display: 3.2" HVGA+ 480x360 pixel color display, 3.18" (measured diagonally), Light-sensing, proximity-detecting screen & User-selectable font size
  • Battery & battery life: 1300 mAHr removable / rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • Memory: 512 MB onboard memory, 4 GB eMMC, 4 GB media card included & Expandable memory with support for microSD cards up to 32 GB.
  • Networks: Tri-band 3G UMTS networks: 2100/1900/850/800MHz & Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks: 850/900/1800/1900MHz.
  • Audio & voice: 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, Built-in speakerphone & M3/T3 (open position only) rating for hearing aids.
  • Typing / navigation: Trackpad, Touch screen with on-screen keyboard: portrait SureType®, QWERTY and multi-tap, landscape QWERTY, Slide-out QWERTY, Keyboard backlighting.
  • Security: Password protection with keyboard lock, Sleep mode, AES or Triple DES encryption with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, Optional support for S/MIME & FIPS validation.
  • Modem: RIM® wireless modem & Tethered modem capability.

BlackBerry 6: What's new explained

What are the new features in the new BlackBerry 6 OS and what new benefits do they offer? RIM recently announced the launch of their new BlackBerry 6 operating system, with a whole raft of new features and upgrades to the old BlackBerry 5 OS. BlackBerry 6 is available on the new slide smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch and will be available on all new BlackBerry handsets, as well as being available on the BlackBerry Bold and Pearl. [read more]

A RIM press release said: The BlackBerry Torch is the first BlackBerry smartphone to launch with BlackBerry 6, a new operating system that retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use.

Order Torch (9800) slider phone

The BlackBerry Torch will be available via the Vodafone & Orange networks and SIM free/handset only via Amazon and eBay.

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