RIM BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone

BlackBerry Torch 9860 review: A touchscreen-only BlackBerry? Only for casual users

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  • Expert Rating

    3.25 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.00 / 5 (of 8 Reviews)


  • Well built, great screen
  • Excellent Web browsing and interface


  • Touchscreen typing is imperfect
  • Hidden volume buttons

Bottom Line

The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a touchscreen-only smartphone like the iPhone or any generic Android. Given that the BlackBerry calling card has always been excellent physical keyboards (and excellent mail) we’re a bit confused as to the Torch’s purpose. The phone itself is built to a high standard and is powerful, but its imperfect touchscreen keyboard makes the Torch inferior to its tactile counterparts.

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BlackBerry Torch 9860: Keyboard and typing

We realise that the Torch 9860 is a BlackBerry aimed at touchscreen ‘enthusiasts’, for want of a better word, but it’s still a BlackBerry and should sell itself on the excellence of its text input (among other things, of course). The keyboard of the Torch 9860 is not bad by any stretch — it’s better than the ones we’ve used on most Android smartphones — but it doesn’t have the same slickness and pin-point accuracy we’re used to on the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II.

We wish the phone was a bit wider with square-shaped on-screen keys — currently they’re slightly too thin and can be hard to hit accurately 100 per cent of the time. The large screen comes to the BlackBerry Torch 9860’s aid for landscape touchscreen typing though, where the keys are larger and are arranged across almost the entire screen. The trackpad makes scrolling through typing (and therefore correcting your possible errors) thankfully easy.

We are talking from the perspective of a long-time iPhone user, so perhaps that is a factor. Anyone using the Torch 9860 as their first touchscreen smartphone should be happy with the key response and should quickly get used to the key spacing. The fact remains that for a user already familiar with touchscreen smartphones, the keyboard isn’t perfect and a better experience can be found on a different device. If we were buying a BlackBerry with a lot of typing in mind we’d almost certainly opt for the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

BlackBerry Torch 9860: Conclusion

The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a well designed, well constructed and well specced-up touchscreen smartphone. Its keyboard is our main pain point — and given that it’s a BlackBerry, made for heavy typists, we advise you to cautiously try before you buy.

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A by-no-means exhaustive list of resources follows. Please send us your favorites.

Celiac Disease Foundation, based in Studio City. Information, seminars and product shows, children's summer camp.

Mayo Clinic. Information on health and gluten-free products.

The William K. Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease, UC San Diego. Information, lectures online and referrals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The federal agency has proposed a definition of gluten-free that should assure consumers about what's in products. The limit is likely to be at 20 parts per million of gluten. Several sources said the final rule could be issued any time. Currently there are private certifying agencies whose seals appear on many products to designate them as gluten-free.


There are many books available, and many websites and blogs that offer recipes. A few of them:

"Real Life With Celiac Disease," written by more than 50 experts who share patients' stories and discuss treatments and lifestyle changes for people with gluten-related disorders.

"Gluten-Free Girl Every Day," by Shauna James Ahern. She also has a popular blog,
"Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook," by Leslie Cerier

"Weeknight Gluten Free" by Kristine Kidd

Other stuff

Toast-It-Bags. Many of the gluten-free breads taste better toasted, and in some homes that requires two toasters on the counter. But people can also slip a slice of gluten-free bread into the bag and put it in the toaster to prevent cross-contamination from other products in the toaster. About $7 from online sources, including .

The Addiction Bistro, 408 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. With an owner and chef who eat gluten-free, this is a popular restaurant for gluten-free dieters. Burgers, sausages, chili, pasta and ice cream all made in-house. Hot sauces, ketchups and mustards are made by chef Johnny Kovin.
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I am Blackberry phone user for past few years. I got my BlackBerry Torch 9860 just 4 months ago and having problems with it on regular basis. I gave it for repairs and got new one and it has exact the same problems ( freezing scream, unlock bottom doesn't respond for nearly min ).
Unfortunately very disappointed.
Trying to get a new phone and this time Iphone. :(

Honnest Opinion



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Worst phone ive even bought. The touch screen never works and if it does then it takes 5 mins for it to respond the lock button doesnt do anything. ive had four new black berrys in 3 months ! and they all do the same and you never get service!




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I was a dedicated iPhone user, that is until my work made me use the new torch through their BES server and WOW I prefer it big time. My iPhone is now gathering dust, and that's something I never thought I would say out loud.
It's fast, it's intuitive, and it really works well, browsing is fast, and great battery life.
I guess its personal preference - but I know where mine is now!!

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