BlackBerry Torch 2 gets the hands on treatment

8th Apr 2011 | 16:01

BlackBerry Torch 2 gets the hands on treatment

Bold Touch also previewed

TechRadar rating:

3 stars

For a phone that's supposed to be the poster child of the new BlackBerry 6 OS, we hoped for a lot more. If you're a BlackBerry stalwart then you might find some joy here, but otherwise the Torch is unlikely to convert many of the Android and iPhone brigade.


Smooth touchscreen control; Great camera with scene selectors; Slide-out keyboard is a good compromise; Bright and crisp 3.2-inch screen; Good enterprise asset-tracking options;


Too slow for serious smartphone use; Keyboard is too small; App selection too practical; Not great for media; A bit on the bulky side;

International phone botherers BGR have managed to get themselves some hands on time with the BlackBerry Torch 2 and the BlackBerry Bold Touch.

Both handsets are yet to officially debut and are hotly tipped to launch at BlackBerry World next month.

As Captain Obvious would point out, the BlackBerry Torch 2 is the second iteration of the BlackBerry Torch, RIM's touchscreen phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Shoulda woulda coulda

BGR describes the Torch 2 as "really what the original Torch should have been", praising its higher power and greater spec.

Although it looks just the same, with the same physical dimensions as the original, internally it's had quite the makeover; we're looking at a 1.2GHz CPU, BlackBerry OS 6.1 and a 640 x 480 display.

BlackBerry bold touch leak

Credit: BGR

There's not much more to tell about the BlackBerry Bold Touch, with the site simply saying that the handset looks better than the original leaked renders, the touchscreen isn't bad and that it uses a new battery.

TechRadar will be hitting BlackBerry World in May, so keep your peepers peeled for our very own hands on BlackBerry Torch 2 and BlackBerry Bold Touch reviews.

From BGR

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