Blackberry Bold 9790 and Torch 9860 review

4:18 PM claire 0 Comments

The Blackberry Bold, seems to expect the Blackberry faithful to cling on to its traditional design, solid build, and Blackberry service. Encrypted communications is also the main selling point, along with push mail services which Blackberry pioneered, in the smartphone market.

 Had to get used to typing on this due to my fat thumb
 The latest Bold has a lovely bright screen, but in this age of 3.7” and 4.3” screens being the norm, the 480 x 360, 2.45” screen seems ancient in comparison. However, the screen is fully touch-capable, and coupled with the optical track pad, makes it very easy for one to interact with the phone.

The keyboard is bar-none, the best in the market. Even its closest competitor, the Eseries QWERTY phones from Nokia – which has really good keyboards as it is – can’t compare to the side-ward scalloped keys of the Bold.

The overall design and impression the Bold gives, is one of quality, and thoughtful design. It seems organic, if I may, as the curves of the Bold seem to meld seamlessly into each other, the glass screen seems to disappear at the edges, becoming metal, seemingly by some magical alchemy. I am extremely infatuated with the design and beauty of the Bold.


The software is functional and practical, all the necessary applications to keep the socially-driven, connected to their Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Functional, meaning, they get the job done, rather than being the best experience that one can get on a smartphone. There isn’t much real estate on the screen for applications to be showcased to their full potential.

However, in spite of the physical limitations, the applications on the Bold are responsive, and have no visible lag (at all) when switching between applications. Blackberry has definitely built a very functional phone that, to quote from a competitor; ‘Just Works’.

In a world increasingly moving towards capacitive screens and buttons, it is a welcome relief to be using dedicated menu buttons on the Bold, I personally prefer some tactile feedback from my devices, especially when making selections or typing. The Bold itself, marries the capacitive and tactile inputs quite seamlessly.

So for a user who wants no frills, practicality ease of use, ensured quality encryption, and to check emails on the go, I'd recommend a Blackberry. 


The Blackberry  Torch 9860  is an oddity in the current smartphone market, it has arrived at a time when most smartphone manufacturers are moving away from the traditional hardware buttons and towards full capacitive touchscreen buttons. 

The onscreen keyboard works the same as one would expect on an android phone however, android has the monstrous Android Market (now Google Play) to thank for the huge selection of other keyboards to allow the user to select a different keyboard, if the stock ones that came with the phone does not suit him/her. The Torch too, has keyboard apps on the Blackberry Appworld, but nowhere as numerous as the android alternative.

There is more screen real-estate than on its keyboard-endowed sibling, the Bold, and it makes surfing the internet, or browsing one’s Facebook and Twitter feeds more enjoyable. The applications on the Torch, similar to the Bold, are responsive, and have no visible lag (at all) when switching between applications. 

Blackberry has to make their phones more customizable and unique, to fight stiff competition from Apple and Android. Oh, and while they’re at it, I hope more Blackberry apps are FREE. There really isn't enough photography apps that are superb and non-buggy. And in the games arena, there needs to be more quality applications for the workaholics that need a break. Let's hope Thorsten Heins can turn Blackberry's declining market share around.

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