Blackberry smartphones have long been a popular choice. Two new handsets in its ever expanding range are the Torch 9810 and Torch 9860. Both of these are upgraded versions of the popular 9800 Torch which was released in 2010. Although both based on the same original device, both the 9810 and 9860 are very different phones, which I will look at in this article.
Blackberry Torch 9810
Of the two handsets, this is the one which most resembles the original version. It retains the same size and shape with a touchscreen and a slide out Qwerty keyboard which reveals itself from beneath the screen. There are very few major differences between this and the original version; instead Blackberry has simply increased on board storage to 8 GB, faster web browsing speeds over 3G, a more powerful processor at 1.2 GHz and a newer version of the Blackberry OS (v7.0). In terms of the camera, it remains at 5 megapixels although the maximum video recording resolution has been increased to 720p. Rather than aim to create an entirely new device, the Blackberry Torch 9810 simply brings the original up to date, and able to compete with a number of handsets which available at the time. Overall, the Blackberry Torch 9860 is an ideal phone for existing Blackberry fans, and those who prefer the functionality of a Qwerty keyboard. If you were a fan of the original Torch, you will be sure to appreciate the enhancements that this model offers.
Blackberry Torch 9860
The spec list of the Blackberry Torch 9860 reads largely the same as the Torch 9810. It shares key features such as the same 1.2 GHz single core processor, the same web browsing capabilities, operating system and camera specifications. The biggest, and certainly the most noticeable difference though is design of the handset and more specifically, the screen. This version of the Torch does not have the slide out Qwerty keyboard, instead opting for a much larger screen which covers the front of the device. The screen measures up at 3.7 inches and boasts a pixel resolution of 480x 800, making it an ideal choice for those who are fans of Blackberry smartphones but prefer the functionality of a full touchscreen. This makes this version of the Blackberry Torch an ideal choice for those who like to watch videos or play games on their phone, as well as browse the web etc, as a larger screen is more suited to such tasks.
It is clear that Blackberry is aiming to give its customers a choice with these phones; with a touchscreen or slide-out Qwerty keyboard on offer meaning users can choose the handset which best suits their needs.
Both the Blackberry Torch 9810 and Blackberry Torch 9860 are available now from all major UK networks, with a variety of tariffs from each meaning you are sure to find the right one for you based on budget, allowance and handset price.