RIM’s Blackberry Torch 9800: at a glance

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM’s flagship smartphone the Blackberry Torch 9800 come with a number of striking features that make the handset outstanding. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 boasts of its 3.2-inch TFT resistive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 by 360 pixels, a signature portrait QWERTY keyboard, FM radio and a 5-megapixel camera that is sure to amuse young executives.

The popular device has a 624MHz processor that runs the latest BlackBerry OS v6.0. For connectivity, the handset offers HSDPA/HSUPA data speeds on 3G, and GPRS/EDGE data speeds on 2G. It has an integrated GPS radio with A-GPS, which powers its SatNav functionality.

When open, the 161g handset reveals the signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard that gives QWERTY fans the tactile keyboard option.

The device offers onboard 512MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM as well as inbuilt user memory of 4GB. Storage can be expanded to 32GB via a miscroSD card.

Despite several striking features, some feel the device has been designed poorly. Sliding it open requires one to touch the active touchscreen or grope with control buttons. Many argue why the keyboard is there when one can do without them.

RIM sold 150K units of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 in the first weekend. The figure is respectable but nowhere near Apple iPhone sales numbers.