BlackBerry Torch Review
News & Rumors | 251 Comments BlackBerry Torch Review RIM's all new BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T capitalizes on BlackBerry's historical strength by including awesome keyboard and killer email while featuring a plethora of new features including a proper touchscreen, upgraded camera and the highly anticipated BlackBerry 6 operating system. It...

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Jul 07, 2012 Toronto Crime Stoppers launch BlackBerry app in hopes to fight the war on crime
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Feb 19, 2012 Quick Review: Seidio Innocase Active for BlackBerry Torch 9810 and 9800
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"Seidio's long history of mobile protection lives strong in the Innocase Active"

In Short:
"Trusted protection and style"

Should I Buy?
"Makes your BlackBerry Torch 9810/9800 easier to use with one hand."
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It’s safe to say that the more moving parts there are on a BlackBerry smartphone, the greater the chance you have of dropping it. Think about it; say you’re running to a meeting-You have your bag or coffee in one hand, and your BlackBerry in another. Suddenly, you get an urgent email from your boss. Unable to focus on the virtual keyboard, you attempt to slide your BlackBerry Torch 9810 or 9800 open to use the physical one. The next thing you know, you’re watching your Torch slip out of your hand and hit the ground. If only you had more protection on it.

Now a while back, I tried out the Seidio Innocase Active for the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and 9800. I was quite impressed with their CONVERT combo, so I wanted to check out something a little less portly. With a thickness of just over 2 millimetres, what kind of protection can it offer?

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Feb 12, 2012 Review: Powermat Wireless Charging System for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and 9810
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"With such convenience, the Powermat Wireless Charging System should be a standard for all BlackBerry smartphones. "

In Short:
"Easiest way to charge your smartphone"

Should I Buy?
"If you're not a fan of wires, you NEED a Powermat"
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I am not a big fan of cables – I try to avoid them when I can. I have a wireless mouse and keyboard, I have a Bluetooth speaker phone in my car and I have a stereo Bluetooth headset for when I’m taking the heel-toe express. The one cable that seems to keep me tied down is my BlackBerry charger. I know, it seems petty, but it’s not so much when I’m half asleep, in the dark, fumbling with the charger and charging port. Anyone with extremely active kids knows that the less time you take to plug in your phone, the less time they have to do things they’re not supposed to do (like playing hockey IN the house).

That’s why I like a wireless charging system from the good folks at Powermat. No wires, just power and convenience. While not available for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, it is available for other BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and 9810. For simple charging in a not so simple lifestyle, Powermat is a must have.

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Jan 31, 2012 Official OS 6.0.0.723 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, Curve 9300 and Pearl 9100/9105
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Nov 25, 2011 Official OS 6.0.0.706 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 from Vodafone New Zealand
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If you're looking to get in on the latest official OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, Vodafone New Zealand has what you're looking for. Since this one never managed to leak before release, how well it works is still unknown so give it a go. If you're not on Vodafone NZ then make sure you delete the vendor.xml before load this one up.

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Oct 16, 2011 Review: Ballistic Endo Case for the BlackBerry Torch 9800/9810
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Contest: Win a Free Ballistic Endo Case for your BlackBerry Torch 9800/9810. Leave a single comment to this post for your chance to win!

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To be honest, I'm brutal on my BlackBerrys. They've been dropped in the street and bounced off all kinds of floors. Needless to say I've gone through quite a few since owning the Torch 9800 probably because I am a chronic klutz and hate using pocketbooks. it's a horrible combination but I prefer having my device holstered on my hip then packed away in a bag. While it makes my load lighter it increases the chance of serious injury to my BB. So I went for the case/holster combo.

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Sep 23, 2011 Official OS 6.0.0.666 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9780, Curve 9300 and Torch 9800 now available from SmarTone-Vodafone
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Jul 28, 2011 Smartphone Experts Pocket Pouch for the BlackBerry Torch 9800
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I have not been exactly kind to my BlackBerry holsters. Over the short few years I've owned a BlackBerry, I've owned many; I even reviewed an excellent case and holster combo here on CrackBerry. And yet through one way or another, I've destroyed them all. "Normal Wear and Tear" has never met the likes of me. I've slammed holsters in car doors, rammed them into counter tops, dropped them from great height, and in general, abused the heck out of them. All of them protected my phone quite well, but no holster can withstand forever the barrage of abuse I can throw at it.

Not wanting to buy yet another holster, I began looking for other options. Then I found the Smartphone Experts Pocket Pouch for BlackBerry Torch 9800. It's a hard leather case designed to protect your ‘Berry from the dangers of life in a pocket or purse. Carrying my smartphone in my pocket means I'm not going to slam it into door or get my phone caught uncomfortably in a car's seat belt. Protected inside its case, I don't have to worry about keys, change, and whatever else is in my pockets destroying my Torch's screen.

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Jul 17, 2011 BlackBerry 7 bringing an updated virtual keyboard to the BlackBerry Torch
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Jul 13, 2011 Rogers officially discontinues the White BlackBerry Torch 9800
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Jul 08, 2011 BlackBerry Torch 9800 OS v6.0.0.600 officially released by AT&T
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Jun 29, 2011 Vodafone DE releases OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300
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Jun 21, 2011 Leaked: OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800
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Fancy a new leak for the BlackBerry Torch? Of course you do. It took a while but here is OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. No list of what, exactly has changed as of yet but you all know what to do. Pick it apart and let us know in the comments and in the forums what the deal is. Good, bad, ugly? We wanna know.

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Jun 13, 2011 Official OS 6.0.0.576 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 from Bharti Airtel
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May 24, 2011 Quick Review: BlackBerry Charging Pod for Torch 9800
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Want to win a BlackBerry Charging Pod for the Torch 9800? Keep reading for contest details.

When it comes to my BlackBerry I am a certified addict. From the moment I wake up to the minute I go to bed my BlackBerry Torch never leaves my side. The only problem is that my constant use puts a significant drain on the battery. I'm sure you're all familiar with the utter frustration that follows finding a dead battery. For me I don't even make it to lunch. This makes me one unhappy camper.

To get me through the day I use the BlackBerry charging pod. It is the first accessory I purchase for each and every device I own. I hate to say this but I never go anywhere without it. At home it's either on my nightstand as an alarm clock or connected to my PC for syncing and charging. At work it's never more than an arm's length away to make sure I have enough juice for the journey home. I love that I can dock my device and spend all day listening to my music library or stream my favorite radio stations. 

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May 12, 2011 Leaked: OS 6.0.0.570 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800!
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BlackBerry Torch 9800 owners will be happy to hear that OS 6.0.0.570 has leaked for their device today! If you install this one be sure to swing by the forums and let us know what fixes and findings you discover. As usual, be careful when updating your device and be sure to make a backup before loading this one up.

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May 03, 2011 Official OS 6.0.0.546 for BlackBerry Torch released by Vodafone DE
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May 02, 2011 Gist - Now available for the BlackBerry Torch
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It wasn't all that long ago now that RIM acquired the social CRM, online contact management service -- Gist. Now, here we are only a few months later and Gist has just announced the release of their BlackBerry application. While limited to just the BlackBerry Torch for now, Gist is available in BlackBerry App World for download. So, what can you do with Gist for BlackBerry?

Use Gist for BlackBerry smartphones to:

  • Search and view complete business profiles for contacts across email, mobile, and social network accounts; and add contacts from your BlackBerry smartphone automatically.
  • See your important contacts first, including easy access to contact info, photo, and social updates; share a link through email; or take a note to remember later.
  • Use the “Get the Gist” context menu instantly to build a profile or get a quick update for any email recipient or person in a calendar invite. 

If you're already a Gist user, then downloading it is a no brainer. If you're new to Gist, then you can jump on past the break for a video explaining the services and to see the app in action. You can also hit the source link for further details or just head on over to App World for the download. Continue Reading →

Apr 28, 2011 Official OS 6.0.0.526 now available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 from AT&T!
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Apr 19, 2011 Contest: Tabphone by BBin - Bring PlayBook gestures to your BlackBerry Torch!
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Apr 16, 2011 BlackBerry Torch 9800 OS v6.0.0.526 officially released by AT&T
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Two weeks ago we saw the leak for OS v6.0.0.526 for the BlackBerry Torch, and today we see that AT&T has released it officially. If you have been waiting for the official release to upgrade your OS, then today is your day! You can snag it from the AT&T software download site via the links below, or open up Desktop Manager and it should popup for you ATT&T customers. As always, use caution when installing any OS on your device - official or not. Head to the forums with your findings! Thanks rroyy! Continue Reading →
Apr 12, 2011 Leaked OS 6.0.0.534 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800
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Yesterday we saw OS 6.0.0.534 leak for the Bold 9780 and now it has appeared for the Torch 9800 as well. This one freshly leaked so no reports on whats good just yet, so if you install be sure to swing by the forums with your findings. As usual, be careful when updating your device and be sure to make a backup before loading this one up. Thanks, Ryo-Kun!

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Apr 03, 2011 Quick Review: BlackBerry Leather Holster for the Torch 9800
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Want to win a BlackBerry Leather Holster for the Torch 9800 from CrackBerry.com? Keep reading for contest details.

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Apr 02, 2011 Leaked OS 6.0.0.526 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800
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We've been hearing a lot of rumors about the .5xx builds for devices and now 6.0.0.526 has finally leaked online for all you BlackBerry Torch users out there. Not sure what has changed in the OS exactly so by all means, feel free to rip it to shreds and break it all down for us the the CrackBerry forums. Remember though, back up your data before loading this up folks.

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Mar 10, 2011 Leaked OS 6.0.0.486 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800
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Oh Torch leaks, it's been a while since we had one that's for sure. The last leak was for 6.0.0.450but here we have 6.0.0.486. Give it a go and let us know in the comments and in the forums about what's good, and what's bad. Remember, be sure to back up your data before loading this one up.

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Feb 11, 2011 Making it happen with BlackBerry - A new video from RIM starring recording artist Maluca!
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Feb 10, 2011 Official OS 6.0.0.448 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, Curve 9300, Bold 9700 and 9780 from Three UK
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Jan 31, 2011 Standard colors not good enough? Grab an 18 carat gold BlackBerry Torch instead
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