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The BlackBerry Torch 9800 Photo: Gizmodo
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 Photo: Gizmodo

BlackBerry Torch review finds abysmal display

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 Photo: Gizmodo

Gizmodo got their hands on one of the first BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones from RIM.  Their verdict? The screen has such a low-res, it’s like going back to SD after watching HD for a year. It’s a 480×360 display and a “grisly sight,” the text is jaggy and ugly when compared to an Android or iPhone display.  Why RIM did not advance their display technology, especially after seeing the fantastic response Apple received from their fancy Retina Display is beyond me.  Unfortunately, the BlackBerry 6 software we were hoping would make a big difference – has not really changed much.  Giz explains “The software is a mess and fixes none of the major problems with BlackBerry.”

RIM put 512MB of ram inside, which matches the iPhone 4.  But with a 624MHz processor, it’s still crippled.  “It often hangs and stutters moving from app to app.”  Universal search is perfect, it finds exactly what you need, whether it may be an mp3, contact, or file.  Just start to type it out, and it’s there.

Some good points about the Torch are that it’s still built like a BlackBerry, tough and reliable.  The keyboard is fantastic, and its probably the best BlackBerry ever made, but that isn’t saying much in a world with the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone 4.

Check the full in-depth review over at Gizmodo.

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