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BlackBerry Torch 9810 review

Touchscreen, keyboard, 5MP snaps and a new OS - sound familiar?

BlackBerry torch 9810 review

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes with a 5MP snapper on board.

We could have copied and pasted that line from the Torch 9800 review (we didn't though) because nothing has changed here in relation to resolutions.

It seems a bit of a poor show really, because you can't help feeling RIM isn't embracing the whole experience.

Yes, we know it's about quality not quantity, and processors and software etc are just as important as pixel counts, but it would be nice for it to have come with at least something that showed RIM was trying to be a little bit future-proof.

Anyway, we do the best with what we're dealt and, luckily, it's not too shabby an affair.

BlackBerry torch 9810 review

On launch, you'll see it's the same interface we had in the Torch 9800. It's straightforward and it does the job.

RIM gives you the luxury of several scene modes to pick from, and you can toggle geotagging on and off from the main camera screen.

Face detection is a nice addition, and we found it works OK, but the majority of people will leave it on Auto because in quick point-and-shoot instances, you don't have time to faff about with settings. Still, good on RIM for giving us some options.

And it is a responsive camera. As before, it starts up almost instantly on pressing the button, and that's a major plus because other phones can take much longer.

BlackBerry torch 9810 review

Plus, echoing the Torch 9800, there's a marked difference between what you see through the viewfinder and the photos you take on the BlackBerry Torch 9810. It's a good difference, though, because photos look so much richer and more vivid when viewed back than they appear during the actual act of photographing.

Autofocus on the Torch 9810 is a reasonable effort (we compare this to the Bold 9900, which was left wanting in our tests), although there's still no tap-to-focus, which is a shame.

Would it have hurt RIM too much to give us a little bit of leeway and decide where WE want the shot to be focused? With that big screen acting as a viewfinder, it's a feature you can't help but notice by its absence.

Image stabilisation is one of the selling points of the BlackBerry Torch 9810, and is even touched on by RIM in the literature it sends to reviewers.

At first we thought it was rubbish, until we realised that we hadn't enabled it in the options (but then again, will many others know that it needs to be flicked on to improve performance?).

BlackBerry torch 9810 review

And then, once we had enabled it, we had a great laugh testing it out.

We did our best drunk old man impressions and shook the phone as constantly as we could while we took photos of various inanimate objects.

And true to its word, the image stabilisation did kick in most of the time.

There is a trade off though, and that is that for stabilising the image, you end up with noise on the resulting pictures. It's not disgraceful, but it's noticeable, and looks a little bit like when you take a photograph in low light at night (even though our images were taken in full bright daylight).

The LED flash does a sterling job, and we can't complain about it at all.

It picks points out as directed in even the bleakest of conditions, and really puts its all into bathing your shots with white (not yellow, phew) light.

It's a really decent flash for a mobile phone – managing to illuminate a pitch dark room to take the required shot.

BlackBerry torch 9810 review

FLASH: Taken in pitch black, the light both illuminates and aids autofocus

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BlackBerry torch 9810

FAR-REACHING: The light illuminates a pitch black room enough for a decent snap

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NOISY: With image stabilisation enabled, you can't help but notice the extra noise

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SCREEN STRIPES: Image stabilisation mode enabled

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CLEARER: The same image with image stabilisation mode disabled

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COLOURFUL: In full daylight, the 5MP camera reproduces colours richly

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CLOSE-UP: Close up subjects are subject to slight blurring if they move

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.44 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyTorch
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourWhite
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time6.50 Hour
Product Model9810
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)161 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height111 mm
Width62 mm
Depth14.6 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time307.20 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameTorch 9810 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Product LineTorch
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-40596-004
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

All-in-one design

A fluid all-touch display plus slide-out QWERTY keyboard provide an incredible multimedia experience, while never compromising efficient typing with the classic BlackBerry keyboard.

Power packed

Ample memory

With 8 GB of memory, expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card, feel free to take more pictures, capture more videos and download more apps.

Speedy processing

Thanks to a 1.2GHz processor on the BlackBerry Torch 9810, you can experience browsing, socializing and gaming at blazing fast speeds.

Convenient connectivity

Connect the way you want with HSPA+ high speeds and Wi-Fi connectivity.