HOLD­ING THETORCH

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Black­berry lovers have a rea­son to smile. Af­ter launch­ing the Bold 9900, Re­search-in­Mo­tion has now in­tro­duced a suc­ces­sor to its first touch and type de­vice, the Torch.

The new sib­ling in the Torch fam­ily, the 9810, looks like a twin to its suc­ces­sor. With sim­i­lar di­men­sions, it weighs 161 gm. The only dif­fer­ence one can feel here is the tex­tured back in­stead of the plain plas­tic that marked the ear­lier de­vice. Also on board is a dif­fer­ent ver­sion of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem. BB OS 7.0 has added colour and life to this phone. Once again the menu is di­vided into dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories and the home screen com­prises a no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar and a search icon for brows­ing the web as well as search­ing the hand­set. Un­like ear­lier ver­sions of the OS where one could sim­ply con­fig­ure an email ac­count us­ing email id and pass­word, the new OS prompts for the Black­berry user name and pass­word. A no­tice­able dif­fer­ence over its pre­de­ces­sor is the speed of the phone—this one is pow­ered by a 1.2GHZ pro­ces­sor along with 768 MB RAM. How­ever, even though it of­fers both touch and key in­ter­face, we felt us­ing the on­screen key­pad in ver­ti­cal mode was very dif­fi­cult. We of­ten opted to slide out the QWERTY key­pad or change the ori­en­ta­tion to land­scape mode while typ­ing. The 5MP cam­era on board isn't dis­ap­point­ing. Our only con­cern is the bat­tery as with above av­er­age use, it only lasted a day.

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