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Blackberry Torch 9850 Phone (Sprint)

3.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, MicroUSB cable, 4 GB microSD card, quick start guide
  • Up to 6.8 hours of talk time, up to 320 hours (13.4 days) of standby time; released in August, 2011
  • Fast 3G connectivity; international GSM capabilities; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking
  • Professional mobile messaging with BlackBerry 7 OS, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1.2 GHz processor, and Liquid Graphics technology
  • 5-MP camera with HD 720p video capture; Bluetooth stereo music; 4 GB memory (plus 4 GB microSD card); HTML5 web browser
  • Professional mobile messaging with BlackBerry 7 OS, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1.2 GHz processor, and Liquid Graphics technology
  • Fast 3G connectivity; international GSM capabilities; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.72 inches, 2.44 inches, 0.45 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 320 hours
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Product Description

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Delivering the best multimedia experience ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, the all-touch, 3G-enabled BlackBerry Torch 9850 for Sprint offers a spectacular 3.7-inch touchscreen display--the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone. And with the latest BlackBerry Browser from the new BlackBerry 7 OS, you'll experience remarkably faster page load times, seamless panning and zooming, and enhanced web-based video and gaming.

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 with 3.7-inch touchscreen and optical trackpad.
Blackberry Torch 9850
At a Glance:

  • 3G connectivity

  • BlackBerry 7 OS

  • 1.2 GHz processor

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen

  • 5-MP camera + HD 720p video record

  • 4 GB memory + 4 GB microSD card

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Corporate/personal e-mail
At a Glance

Packed full of the latest mobile technologies, the Torch 9850 includes an augmented reality feature that uses the built-in compass (magnetometer) to display over 150 million points of interest, BBM contacts, and more. And BlackBerry's universal search has been amped up in BlackBerry 7 OS. With speech-to-text translation, you can now look for files, e-mail, contacts and music--and even search the web--all without typing a thing.

With BlackBerry, on-the-go productivity is the name of the game. You'll get access to the world-class BlackBerry push messaging service with access to up to 11 supported business and personal e-mail accounts, plus BlackBerry Enterprise Solution support for corporate e-mail installations. The DataViz Docs To Go Premium suite is pre-loaded for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere, and you can access BlackBerry App World to download more productivity apps (as well as games and more).

A powerful 1.2 GHz processor provides smoother multitasking and navigation, fast downloads, and crisp HD 720p video recording via the Torch 9850's 5-megapixel camera. And the integrated Liquid Graphics technology combines a dedicated graphics processor with the main processor for a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.

And whether traveling to Europe or Asia, the Torch 9850 provides globetrotters the freedom of reliable global connectivity to GSM and 3G UMTS networks via Sprint Worldwide international services.

Other features include ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, a 4 GB internal memory, pre-installed 4 GB microSD card (for 8 GB of storage right out of the box), and up to 5.8 hours of talk time.

Vital Statistics

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 weighs 4.76 ounces and measures 4.72 x 2.44 x 0.45 inches. Its 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.8 hours of talk time. It runs on the 800/1900 MHz CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies. It's also compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM and 2100 MHz 3G/UMTS frequencies when used internationally (additional charges applicable).

What's in the Box

BlackBerry Torch 9850 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 4 GB microSD card, USB cable, stereo headset, SIM card, documentation kit

Sprint Services

Fast 3G network: Supporting the EV-DO Rev. A high-speed data standard, this phone enables you to download and stream high-quality video, straight onto your phone. Where coverage is available, EV-DO Rev. A connectivity provides average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps, with peak rates up to 2 Mbps.

5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video capture.

GPS capable with Sprint Navigation: This GPS-enabled phone provides optional access to Sprint Navigation for driving directions on your mobile phone--by voice and onscreen. Along the way, turn-by-turn directions will be announced in a clear voice and displayed on your phone. For example, Sprint Navigation will say, "Go 1.2 miles and turn right on Elm Street." As you approach the turn, you will hear, "Turn right on Elm Street." Sprint Navigation also provides proactive traffic alerts with one click re-routing. And it's easy to find restaurants, banks, cafes, hotels and more from over 10 million points of interest across the U.S. (Additional charges applicable.)

Sprint Music Plus: Jam out wherever you are with new songs or old favorites with the Sprint Music Plus app. You can purchase DRM-free full tracks (ranging from 69 cents to $1.29 per song), and you can save money when buying a bundle that includes the full track, ringtone and ringback tone with just one click. The app also allows you to create music playlists on your phone, assign ringback tones to play for different callers and times of day, and get new music recommendations based on their musical tastes.

Sprint TV: With Sprint TV, you can make your cell phone your always-on source for news, weather, sports and more. This comprehensive video service combines high-quality streaming audio and video from channels including The Disney Channel, NBC News, the Weather Channel, ESPN Mobile TV, Syfy, Bravo, USA, and more. (Additional charges applicable.)

Stay Sporty with Sprint: With NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, instantly connect to the NASCAR information you want, when you want it. Follow NASCAR action from practice to race day with real-time leaderboard and alerts. Get exclusive access to your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with real-time driver stats, breaking news and more. Live in-car audio, race radio, NASCAR on SPEED and other audio/video only available on select phones. Visit sprint.com/speed for details.


  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) in areas not yet served by 4G (peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps)
  • Global roaming capabilities (pre-installed SIM card; compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM and 900/2100 MHz 3G UMTS networks)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded BlackBerry Maps or optional Sprint Navigation) and location services

BlackBerry 7 OS

  • BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) allows you to send and receive messages in seconds as well as see when your contacts are typing. Swap pictures, videos, voice notes, and more (files up to 6 MB in size). You can even text non-BBM friends from the BBM screen.
  • BlackBerry App World features a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include travel, productivity, entertainment, games, social networking and sharing, news and weather, and more.
  • BlackBerry Balance separates personal content from corporate content, giving the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable.
  • BlackBerry Maps lets you view maps and receive directions on your BlackBerry smartphone. Zoom or pan through interactive maps when looking for locations or directions, get easy-to-follow turn-by-turn directions, and send maps via e-mail or text messages.

Communications & Internet

  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with up to 11 e-mail addresses via BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS).
  • Compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Solution (BES) works to provide functionality such as single mailbox integration, remote address book look-up, and more.
  • HTML web browser (HTML5)
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging


  • 1.2 GHz processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen (800 x 480 pixels, 253 ppi, 16 million color depth)
  • Onscreen QWERTY keyboard
  • Optical trackpad
  • MicroUSB port


  • 5-megapixel camera with continuous auto focus, 4x digital zoom, flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging, and zero shutter lag,.
  • HD 720p video capture


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, OGG, and WAV
  • Video player compatible with MP4, M4V, AVI, WMV, and 3GP.


  • 4 GB internal memory
  • Pre-installed 4 GB microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 768 MB of RAM

Pre-installed Apps

  • Documents to Go Premium mobile document suite lets you create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint docs as well as view PDF files. Premium edition supports password protected files, charting pictures, and spell checking for Word docs.

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Hands-free speakerphone
  • Hearing aid compatibility: M3/T3

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005HK0TF4
  • Item model number: RIM8530BK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,690 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

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To the previous reviewer, no, this device is definitely NOT a 1-star device.

I've got to give it a prop to RIM for fixing what mostly (not all) was wrong with Storm 2. The touch screen is actually quite responsive, and the keyboard is rather pleasant (although not as pleasant as iOS keyboard). Since I'm used to using touch screen only (no physical keyboard) on my iPhone, typing is not an issue. My biggest issue is with the four physical buttons on the bottom. They should have been touch-sensitive instead.

Those 4 buttons are necessary, because otherwise you won't be able to go Back, bring up Menu, and Answer/Reject calls. However, mixing touch interface with physical press is a sure recipe for disaster (I thought RIM has learned it the hard way with that terrible sure-press). When you're in the middle of the action on the screen (touch, swipe, slide, you name it), it is counter-intuitive to have to go back and physically press the buttons for the 4 important things they're needed for. It takes a second or two to realize that you need to go back to old-school press with those buttons. you touch the button, and then you realize why it's not responding: you need to press it! It is a pain to have to go back and forth between touch and press.

You might argue that you'll get used to it, but what's the point, really. It will slow you down. I don't mind the look of those buttons (unlike most reviews that complain mostly look-wise). I just wish they are touch sensitive, or are given the options to turn them touch sensitive or not.

As for the virtual keyboard, as I said earlier, they're surprisingly pleasant to use. Of course, if this is your first foray into non-physical keyboard on a smartphone, you will probably hate it.
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After years of a physical keyboard I expected a big compromise to go to touch-only. Within a day, the virtual keyboard was at least as productive, and the 9850's intelligent correction takes care of most of my typos anyway. Screen is fantastic - first one I've ever seen that can be used easily in direct sunlight. Battery life is superb - 10 hours of serious use is no problem. No million available apps like i- and droid, but still more than I need or want. Great for syncing with Outlook (a problem with Android), and easy options for tethering. I read the complaints about the mix of touch and "hard" keys, but for me this mix is very functional. And the feel, size, weight, and look are all first rate. Android and iPhone may be better toys, but this Torch shines if you really mean business. A wonderful surprise how much better it is than I expected.
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I guess Blackberry really is becoming a thing of the past. I had bought the torch because the previous Blackberry I had used, I fell in love with it. At that time I was a faithful "Team Blackberry" proponent. I purchased the Blackberry torch back in October 2011. After only three months I was kicking myself for purchasing this phone. If only I could turn back the hands of time. I definitely would not have gotten this phone. Too bad I can't advance my upgrade because I definitely would take advantage of it now if I could. I have to wait at least until June 2013 before I'm eligible for another upgrade. I caution people STAY AWAY FROM THIS PHONE. It's definitely not worth it. I believe a keyboard instead of just a screen would make the phone more user-friendly. Guess I'm just a fan of Qwerty keyboards. The battery life leaves something to be desired as well.

- picture quality is decent
- multiple screens to view different tabs
- sleek design
- easy to use features for experienced Blackberry users

- battery life
- buttons on screen freeze up
- buttons on screen are too small, at least for certain fingers
- screen lock not helpful
- speakerphone
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I find the two reviews before mine to be lacking self-awareness of how a human being interfaces with any device.

With self-awareness and proper training on what to pay attention to, you will notice about all phones the following:

1) Your eyes work very hard on a touchscreen to provide 100% visual confirmation of every action, and your fingers provide no confirmation or provide feedback to your brain.

2) Your fingers feel the keys on a physical keyboard, and add quite a bit of feedback to your brain along with your eyes, essentially provide a double-check.
Well aren't we lucky then:

This phone has both a few physical keys and a touchscreen.

Both of the prior reviews are complaining about personal preference, a lack of specific awareness of their own human body, and not the phone itself.

-- Buy a keyboard phone if you appreciate your "Muscle memory", and the tactile feel of the keyboard, definitely requires less of your eyes, and gives you a certain amount of passive force-feedback.

-- Buy a touchscreen phone if you appreciate 100% visual confirmation for every button, requiring more of your eyes and no passive force-feedback.

-- Buy this Blackberry if you want a mixture of the two, which is actually very nice.

Press the "end" key, which is always physically there, at any time in any application and it will kill/stop whatever app you're on.
Press the "escape" key, also which is always physically there, at any time in any application and it will almost always undo whatever you just did.
Press the "phone" key, oh--which is ALWAYS PHYSICALLY THERE, at any time in any application and the phone opens immediately for you to make a call.

CONS: I already pointed mine out, above, as did Re2st and Tom "Tom".

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