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Just because you're a U.S. Cellular customer doesn't mean you're left out of trying the latest handsets. Indeed, the regional carrier has had plenty of great phones come its way, like the Samsung Mesmerize, the LG Genesis, and the HTC Merge. Now it also has a slice of the BlackBerry 7 OS pie with RIM's latest full touch-screen handset, the BlackBerry Torch 9850. The Torch 9850 for U.S. Cellular is identical to the models for Sprint and Verizon. It is RIM's first full touch-screen handset for the carrier, and we have to say we're quite impressed with it. The 3.7-inch display is crisp and colorful and OS 7 brings a number of under-the-hood improvements like a better browser and 720p HD video capture. The 1.2GHz processor helps improve the phone's overall performance. It's also a dual-mode GSM/CDMA handset for those who want to travel abroad. As the Torch 9850 for U.S. Cellular has the same design and features as the Sprint version, we'll focus more on slight software and performance differences. For a full review of the device, please read our review of the BlackBerry Torch 9850 for Sprint. As with any of these phones, the primary difference between carriers is the bundled software.
As the displays on smartphones keep growing, the diminutive 2.8-inch screens on BlackBerrys have felt more and more antiquated. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is RIM's attempt to stay relevant in the eyes of Android shoppers. The company's follow-up to the lackluster BlackBerry Storm line sports a 3.7-inch touchscreen and costs $149 with contract on Sprint. The Torch also has world phone capability, which the globetrotting set will love. Should consumers warm up to the Torch?With a weight of 4.8 ounces and a thickness of 0.5 inches, the Torch 9850 cuts a svelte figure that's accented by soft lines and smooth curves. When the phone is held in portrait mode, the right and left edges are rounded, but the top and bottom taper to a fairly sharp point. It's a much sleeker design than the Storm and Storm 2, RIM's previous all-touchscreen phones.A large glossy 3.7-inch display is surrounded by a glossy black bezel. The lock/unlock button hides inconspicuously atop the phone. A small narrow speaker bar and a chrome BlackBerry logo rest above the display. Below the display sit the familiar Send, Menu, Escape, and End/Power buttons and a small optical trackpad surrounded by chrome.The Torch 9850's rear features a single chrome strip that gently wraps around the phone's periphery.
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 for Sprint ($149.99 with contract) promises a little more than it delivers. Its big touch screen, at least compared to the similar BlackBerry Bold 9930, implies terrific media, gaming and Web browsing. But the BlackBerry 7 OS just isn't up to the task, leaving us recommending the 9930 as a better BlackBerry, and Sprint's Android phones as better full-touch-screen smartphones. Physical Details and Call QualityThe Sprint BlackBerry 9850 looks exactly like U.S. Cellular's model, so excuse me if I crib from that review here. RIM has done a relentlessly classy job with this phone. The phone is black and silver, and fits very easily in the hand at 4.7 by 2.4 by .45 inches and 4.76 oz. The back plate is a beautiful, cool matte metal. On the front, the four action buttons and trackpad are—delightfully—all physical rather than touch buttons, so you never have to worry about knowing when you've clicked them. Overall this feels like one of the most solid, durable phones I've tested in a while. Press a button, and the bright-enough 3.7-inch, 800-by-480 screen comes on.
Looking for a U.S. Cellular world phone that won't break the bank when you're abroad? The BlackBerry 9850 has a killer feature for international business travelers: it uses less data to accomplish the same tasks than other smartphones, lowering your international roaming costs. But the 9850 falls short in key areas, with a touch screen (and touch keyboard) that don't measure up to either the competition or to other BlackBerries' physical keyboards, and an app selection that's more like a feature phone than a competing smartphone platform. That makes the BlackBerry 9850 hard to recommend over other options on U.S. Cellular. Physical Details and Call QualityThe BlackBerry 9850 is an unusually handsome phone. RIM has done a relentlessly classy job here. The phone is black and silver, and fits very easily in the hand at 4.7 by 2.4 by .45 inches and 4.76 oz. The back plate is a beautiful, cool, matte metal. On the front, the four action buttons and trackpad are—delightfully—all physical rather than touch buttons, so you never have to worry about knowing when you've clicked them. Overall this feels like one of the most solid, durable phones I've tested in a while.
Mention all-touch and BlackBerry in the same sentence, and it's tough not to experience an involuntary Storm-shudder. RIM's belated answer to the iPhone failed to grab it the chunk of the touchscreen smartphone market it expected, and while the Storm 2 was an improvement, the company is yet to entirely convince when there's no physical keyboard. Third time lucky, perhaps, with the BlackBerry Torch 9850, a compact BlackBerry 7 smartphone (aka the Torch 9860, the only difference being CDMA/GSM connectivity) hoping to convince us that QWERTY-free doesn't mean zero appeal. Check out the SlashGear review after the cut. Where both Storm handsets were chunky and masculine in their styling, the Torch 9850 flexes some curves. It's a lightweight phone, at 4.76oz, and slim too, measuring in at 4.72 x 2.44 x 0.45 inches. A bulge on the back contains the 5-megapixel autofocus camera and LED flash, capable of 720p HD video recording, while the front is dominated by a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 display. There's no too-clever-for-its-own-good virtual clicking here, just a regular capacitive LCD TFT touchscreen that's reasonably bright and responsive.
Can you believe that it has been almost three years since the original BlackBerry Storm 9530 debuted? And that it was positioned to being an iPhone killer at the time? Crazy to believe it, but yes, it has been that long. A year later, RIM was gracious enough to follow it up with its successor, the Storm2 9550, which managed to iron out some of the kinks and issues with its predecessor – but still, it failed to be compete with its rivals. Interestingly enough, we thought that RIM’s desire to build an all touch smartphone died out last year when no successive device was announced, but it seems that RIM made use of the downtime.Well, after close to two years of dormancy, RIM is about to unleash their third take on the all touchscreen form factor with the BlackBerry Torch 9850. Not messing around with any gimmicks, it seems that the Torch 9850 might be the actual one to finally end RIM’s losing streak in achieving success in this category. Some might say that the third time is a charm, right? However, is it just too late for it to finally make some headway?The package contains: Initially, we thought the Torch 9850 to be inferior in quality and craftsmanship compared to the two Storm smartphones. However, after getting a good feel for it, we’re accepting the totally new design approach that RIM is taking with the full touch BlackBerry.
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