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Dec 16, 2010
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There has always been a certain air of elitism when it comes to Blackberry phones.

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It's elegant for one. And a Blackberry in your hands, it gives you that feeling as though you're a made man.

The Blackberry Torch 9800 simply reinforces that fact.

If Looks could Kill
The Blackberry Torch 9800 is a gorgeous piece of metal. From its soft, contouring angles, to its simple, classy black and silver color scheme, it's a phone that doesn't find it hard to make heads turn.

The metallic trim that runs along the phone's borders, along with its sturdy build give it that distinctly masculine feel.

The phone's QWERTY keypad is just the right size—fantastic for those of us who don't exactly have lithe fingers.

The Rundown
A strong feature set proves that the Blackberry Torch 9800 has the substance to match its style. This QWERTY/touchscreen combo phone is armed with a 624 MHz processor, and 512 MB of SDRAM for brisk operation—specs that herald what it really is: A business phone more than a multimedia one.

Which is not to say that the phone can't handle multimedia tasks, because it is, in fact, compatible with MP3, WMA, eAAC+, FlAC, OGG audio formats and MP4, WMV, H.263, H.264 video formats.

The phone features a 3.2-inch LCD with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, which, while not as impressive as most high-end multimedia phones have, is still crisp and brilliant enough.

The same can't be said though for its 5-megapixel camera which only performs well when there is optimal lighting.

Rounding out the phone's list of features are its 4GB of internal memory, expansion port for microSD up to32 GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and GPS. These are standard-issue features for phones at this price range, and thankfully, the 9800 has them all. The phone's battery life (an estimated 5.5 hours of talk time and 400 plus hours of standby) is notable as well. 

The Proof is in the OS
What the Torch 9800 really has it going for it is its OS. It runs on the new BlackBerry OS 6, which Techie.com.ph has praised for giving you effortless access to your favorite applications, and the smooth, intuitive navigation.

Techie.com.ph also notes that the new OS "makes you feel more connected," thanks to the OS' modern browser with tabbed browsing support, pinch-and-zoom capablities, and the Social Feeds app, which collates all the updates from your social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Would we buy it? The price hasn't been officially announced, but rumors are circulating that it would be priced around the range of P40,000. At that price, the phone looks to be a good buy, as the phone's combination of looks and performance is more than satisfying, to say the very least.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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