Premium build quality, Good battery life
If your company's IT department is invested in the BlackBerry universe, and your colleagues are mostly on BBM, the Z30 is your best bet. It folds all the security and messaging features of the BlackBerry platform you are used to, into a consumer-centric big screen phone with premium design and decent specs.
Great battery life, Unified messaging hub, Premium feel
It's sad to think that this might be BlackBerry's last release because with the Z30 it has finally, belatedly, figured out how to make a really good touch screen smartphone.
The trouble is, the Z30 is up against the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5S, the LG G2, and even the Nokia Lumia 925. In terms of pricing and features you could make a compelling argument that every one of those devices would be a better buy right now than the BlackBerry Z30.
Against the odds
This review is hot on the heels of a failed rescue deal and
. No way obviously to look at the Z30 and ignore the dire condition the company is in. Yet, this didn't happen overnight. Things were already going downhill when the Z10 arrived. And it seemed to bring the right kind of hope. Quite unfortunate for the Z30, which is clearly better than its predecessor but has even darker clouds looming over it.
Strong email, chat and social network support
The BlackBerry Z30 is a great phone for someone who wants lightning-fast access to every stream of communication under the sun. It's also a better phone than the previous BlackBerry Z10. However, it suffers from a poorly-stocked app store, a problematic camera and an OS that looks a little drab in parts.
Well-designed piece of smartphone hardware running a decent OS
There isn't the app ecosystem of the big two competitors but we can see the BlackBerry Z30 as a useful compromise of the needs of businesses that rely on BlackBerry's security model, and users who'd like something with the touchscreen power of iPhone-based handsets. This big handset deserves to win friends from anyone that can value its secure and robust features.
Good display and hardware features
The BlackBerry 9860 is a perfectly competent handset with a smart design, easy to use interface, and a healthy selection of features. However, when compared to the competition, it's hard to know exactly who the BlackBerry 9860 is going to appeal to. For your average man on the street, mid-range Android handsets beat it for price and features (if not build), and have a much better stocked app store.
Some areas of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 feel a little antiquated as a consumer device. Diving into the menus you still need to "save" as you make changes. We also can't help feeling that, although the sliding app tray, and the choice of homescreen menus is useful, it isn't as dynamic as other operating systems.
Liquid Graphics interface looks stunning on the 3.7-inch screen
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is an impressive offering from RIM that all but dispels the memories of the dissatisfying Storm and Storm 2 touchscreen phones. The Torch 9860 is easy to use, features a good camera and the Liquid Graphics interface looks stunning on the 3.7-inch screen.
We were disappointed with the layout of the virtual Qwerty which, in contrast to the beautifully designed UI, was clunky, old-fashioned and not that easy to get to grips with.
Newly designed operating system
The best aspects of the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 are its faster processing speed and large 3.7 inch touch-screen display. In addition, it features an entirely newly designed operating system which is much more vivid and more user-friendly that the previous versions. Unfortunately, although the phone is sleek, slender and classy it's still not a model that I would choose, but it may be good for other BlackBerry lovers.
Sleek, unique design
If you used either BlackBerry Storm, we suggest that you wipe your memory before clapping eyes on the Torch 9860, as it is a completely different beast. RIM mixes a number of successful concepts into this handset to give its CrackBerry fanbase a touchscreen worthy of a table in a bar or a boardroom. Its screen is sharp, colour is responsive and user experience is zippy and a pleasure to use.
A solid, capable little smartphone
The Torch 9850 is a solid, capable little smartphone, and BlackBerry 7's UI arguably suits the all-touch display most of all. With the 1.2GHz processor RIM's handsets no longer feel like the slowest devices in the pack, and while we'd welcome more metal and less plastic in the construction, the styling is a reasonably successful compromise between classic RIM functionality and the curviness of a consumer device.
Well built, great screen
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a touchscreen-only smartphone like the iPhone or any generic Android. Given that the BlackBerry calling card has always been excellent physical keyboards (and excellent mail) we're a bit confused as to the Torch's purpose. The phone itself is built to a high standard and is powerful, but its imperfect touchscreen keyboard makes the Torch inferior to its tactile counterparts.
A sharp colorful and responsive touch screen
The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 offers several improvements over its predecessor, like a 1.2GHz processor, 720p HD video recording, HSPA+ speeds, a sharper display, and of course BlackBerry OS 7. The latter provides a new Liquid Graphics technology that makes the touch screen that much snappier, voice-activated universal search, improved applications, as well as support for new technologies like augmented reality applications. On the whole, however, it's a rather incremental upgrade.
Solid hardware build
While I have to admit to liking the BlackBerry Torch 9810 more than I did the original 9800 model, it's still a device that best suits RIM's existing user base. It's the most modern BlackBerry around, but it still lags behind the other major smartphone platforms on the market today. All of them.
Vastly superior web browsing performance
In all honesty, this is exactly what the original model shouldÃ¢Â? Â? ve been like from the beginning.
In an age of dual-cores, the 1.2GHz single-core CPU of the Torch 9810 isnÃ¢Â? Â? t quite as captivating, and combining the fact that it recycles the originalÃ¢Â? Â? s design in every way, it lacks any WOW factor. Besides the faster performance of OS 7 that weÃ¢Â? Â? re seeing, thereÃ¢Â? Â? s nothing dramatically different or new to warrant existing Torch 9800 owners to make the jump.
Very good feature set
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is not a complete overhaul of its predecessor. Nor is it an attention-grabbing smartphone that will lure shoppers away from iPhones and Android devices. But it is a solid smartphone with a very good feature set, including BlackBerry's excellent messaging capabilities, that comes at a very low price.
Good screen and keyboard
The Blackberry Torch 9810 feels responsive to use and has a good screen and keyboard. Existing Blackberry users will probably admire its speed and good build quality, but we canâ??t see this handset tempting many people to switch to the Blackberry platform due to it's unfriendly user interface.
Overall, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is a little underwhelming. It isn't a huge step up from the original Torch, but HD video capture, the sharper display, and the updates in BlackBerry 7 OS are welcome upgrades. AT&T doesn't have many Android phones with QWERTY keyboards (with the exception of the HTC Status), so the Torch 9810 might be a good alternative--especially at the superlow price.
Faster data speeds
If you're an original Torch owner and you enjoy that phone, the Torch 9810 is a sweet upgrade that brings much faster performance while keeping battery life the same. The higher resolution display, faster data connection and refreshed OS add to the pleasure, and the solid build quality improves on the old Torch. The price can't be beat with a 2 year contract, though Torch 9800 owners likely won't quality for new contract pricing since the first Torch came out just a year ago.
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