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.