Packaging:RIM seems to have taken cost cutting very seriously. The box is barely bigger than the phone and contains the very basic things like:
The phone, the Battery ( F-S1), a data cable that doubles up as the charging cable when inserted in the charging wall adapter, a cleaning cloth, headphones and a tiny book ( thatís I havenít even bothered checking out). No Pouch or a Memory card (the phone has 8GB onboard memory altogether, out of which 6.2 GB can be used for Media storage)
All photos below taken by the 9810's camera.
A few pictures of the phone.
In post 2.
I was using the 9700 on OS6 prior to this and also had the Bold Touch for exactly 2 days till I exchanged it for the Torch2.
Screen: The screen size is much better than the Bold 9900 due to extra screen real estate available on the Torch2. The ability to view in Landscape and Portrait is a plus.
Keypad: The keypad on the Bold 9900 wins hands down and nothing can be compared to it. But since I was using a Bold 9700, adjusting to the Torch 2ís keypad was not a big issue. The sunk in keypad on Torch2 is as good as that on the Bold 9700, and in no way, the shape deters usage of the keypad. I also happen to use the virtual keyboard in Landscape mode and it was fun using it. The accuracy was surprisingly good with auto correct/suggest working at its best. But it would all depend on the size of your fingers. Mine are pretty small.
Battery: I havenít been able to guage the strength of the battery, but a ball park estimate would be as such.
The Bold 9900, out of the box, and perfoming an upgrade to Facebook, App world and BBM and then a reboot, got the battery indicator in the yellow.
The Torch 2, doing the same, the battery indicator was where it was. i.e midway.
I know it is a very crude indicator, but I did not check the battery readings at any point of time.
Since I have used the Bold 9900 for 2 full days, with my usage , the battery lasted me for a good 24 hrs + i.e Charged overnight on Saturday and then charged again on Monday Morning. But again this is not a good indicator, since the amount of mails received on Sunday is frugal.
The Torch was last charged completely at 5 pm yesterday and today at 1 pm, it shows 45% remaining.
Camera: 5 mp Autofocus camera as that on the Bold 9780. Plus it has HD video recording. Havenít tried out the Video recording as yet. Advantage over 9900ís camera is that, this can use the barcode readers that use AF feature.
I am going to skip the software analysis, since a lot of reviews have done it. But feel free to ask, if any doubt.
One quirk I have with the Torch is that it displays only 4 icons in each row, either in Portrait or Landscape. I havenít found a setting to change it, if any, but I loved my 6 column grids.
I returned the Bold 9900 because of the width issue and my small hands + the trackpad was erroneous. If I would even hover my finger over it, it would start moving the selector up. But guess what, even on the Torch, it is the same.
So either my Thumb has some magnetic power to move things on its own or RIM has been supplied with a bad batch of optical Trackpads, by its vendor.
And finally, the silver colour is really not that bad. The Battery cover is a bit strange, with the tic-tac-toe design, but what the hell!
P.S. I am on the official 261 Redington software and just experienced a freeze. Had to reboot. Will install a leak and revert.
Last edited by ritesh; 09-08-2011 at 02:02 PM.
Good review.. Something that a layman user wud like to have.