Stuff Magazine - October 2011
Hands-on with the Torch 9860 by Mark Wilson
BlackBerry’s first stab at a touchscreen-only phone, the Storm, was held back by its sluggish OS 5, while the Torch 9800 fixed the problem inelegantly by sticking a keyboard on the back. Its successor, the Torch 9860, feels much more like a modern touch-phone, with a 1.2GHz processor and ‘Liquid Graphics’ (a fancy term for graphical acceleration) creating a slick, responsive experience. The 9860 doesn’t feel as premium as its high-end rivals or Blackberry’s ownBold 9900 (see p79) – its casing is more plasticky, in the vein of Samsung’s Galaxy series. But the 3.7in display is crisp and bright, and the web browsing experience is vastly improved.
Power to the people BlackBerrys aren’t renowned for their raw power, but with more pixels to push and more apps to run, the 9860 has been fitted with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor.
Balancing act BlackBerry Balance effectively divides your phone in half, keeping personal content separate and preventing inadvertent sharing of work stuff on social networks.
Control freak The 9860 might have lost the QWERTY but it can’t completely ditch the buttons. It still comes with a Bold-style optical trackpad, and navigation and call-answering keys.
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