/>
X

Hands-on with the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

RIM and AT&T are rolling out the first BB 6 device as the Torch 9800 with both a full touchscreen interface and QWERTY front facing keyboard. The 3.2 inch capacitive display slides down over the top of the hardware QWERTY keyboard so you get the best of both worlds in a single device with several software improvements.
|
matt-miller-headshot.jpg
|
Topic: BlackBerry
454727.jpg
1 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet
RIM and AT&T are rolling out the first BB 6 device as the Torch 9800 with both a full touchscreen interface and QWERTY front facing keyboard. The 3.2 inch capacitive display slides down over the top of the hardware QWERTY keyboard so you get the best of both worlds in a single device with several software improvements.
See Matthew Miller's hands-on look -- with video -- of the RIM BlackBerry Torch from AT&T.
454728.jpg
2 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The retail package is quite compact and opening up the top flap reveals the Torch 9800 on top of the accessories and other box contents.

454729.jpg
3 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

You will find a USB cable and charging adapter, wired stereo headset, some manuals, and a cleaning cloth inside the box with a few pamphlets and a small CD.

454730.jpg
4 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The camera and flash are found at the top of the Torch with a rubberized back taking up a majority of the back panel.

454731.jpg
5 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

You will find flush buttons for send, end, BlackBerry, and back around a center optical trackpad for navigation.

454732.jpg
6 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The 3.5mm headset jack, volume buttons, and convenience key are found on the right side of the Torch.

454733.jpg
7 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The only thing found on the left side is the microUSB port for syncing and charging your BB.

454734.jpg
8 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Buttons to lock the device and control the ringer are found on the top of the Torch.

454735.jpg
9 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Here you can see the 5 megapixel camera opening and flashlight on either side of the Torch branding.

454736.jpg
10 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The QWERTY keyboard is hidden under the display and as you can see is very similar to the BB Bold 9700 device.

454737.jpg
11 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

This shot shows a bit closer view of the left side of the keyboard.

454738.jpg
12 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

This shot shows a bit closer view of the right side of the keyboard.

454739.jpg
13 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

When the display is slid up you have quite a long device in the Torch.

454740.jpg
14 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Torch fits well in my hand, but is not a petite device either.

454741.jpg
15 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The battery, SIM card, and microSD card are found under the back battery cover.

454742.jpg
16 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

When you first turn on the Torch you are walked through a few steps to help you figure out how to best navigate on the device.

454743.jpg
17 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Nokia E73 Mode has an outstanding QWERTY keyboard and is offered up here for comparison.

454744.jpg
18 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

This shot shows the E73 Mode on top of the BB Torch.

454745.jpg
19 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

This is a typical view of the home screen with the tray closed at the bottom.

454746.jpg
20 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The notifications can be toggled to show you what is going on with your subscribed networks.

454747.jpg
21 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

This shows the full four icon height of the tray on the home screen.

454748.jpg
22 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

There are different views of the home screen accessed by moving right and left. This shows the Media tab on the home screen.

454749.jpg
23 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

There is a tab showing all the apps you downloaded too.

454750.jpg
24 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

There is a tab showing you your most frequently used applications and also a Favorites tab.

454751.jpg
25 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

This is a view of the task switcher that appears when you press and hold on the BlackBerry button.

454752.jpg
26 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

If you have the display down then a soft input QWERTY keyboard appears to help you enter text.

454753.jpg
27 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The blog appears to work quite well in the new web browser.

454754.jpg
28 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The landscape QWERTY keyboard appears when you rotate the device.

454755.jpg
29 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Here you can see my ZDNet blog in full screen landscape orientation.

454756.jpg
30 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Hands on the Torch - gallery image 1

454757.jpg
31 of 31 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Home screen on the Torch - gallery image 2

Related Galleries

Hands-on with the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition: Double storage and vibrant color
red-blackberry-key2-1.jpg

Related Galleries

Hands-on with the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition: Double storage and vibrant color

iPhone XS Max cost too much? Great smartphones in every price range
xiaomi-redmi-5plusmain.jpg

Related Galleries

iPhone XS Max cost too much? Great smartphones in every price range

Buyer's remorse: Phones, tablets and more tech purchases we regret
macbooktouch-cnet.jpg

Related Galleries

Buyer's remorse: Phones, tablets and more tech purchases we regret

Photos: BlackBerrys through the ages
blackberry-original.png

Related Galleries

Photos: BlackBerrys through the ages

Incipio DualPro for BlackBerry KEYone: Two layer protection and soft touch finish
bb-keyone-incipio-1.jpg

Related Galleries

Incipio DualPro for BlackBerry KEYone: Two layer protection and soft touch finish

Photos of the BlackBerry KEYone
blackberry-keyone-1.jpg

Related Galleries

Photos of the BlackBerry KEYone

Obama's gadgets: What tech does the president use?
a-1.jpg

Related Galleries

Obama's gadgets: What tech does the president use?