BlackBerry Torch 2: it's all about the power

BlackBerry Torch 2: it's all about the powerWe first heard about the BlackBerry Torch 2 back in January when details of a trio of new RIM handsets emerged courtesy of BGR.

So we shouldn't be too surprised that it's the same site dishing fresh new details about the Torch 2 three months later, putting the Torch 2 through its paces in a detailed hands-on and running through its spec in plenty of detail.

Despite the original Torch having been talked up as the most consumer-friendly BlackBerry ever when it broke cover towards the end of last year, the reality has proved something of a disappointment, with the all-touch handset having been widely panned as underpowered.

The good news, however, is that BGR hails the Torch 2 as “what the original Torch should have been; instead of an underpowered, under-spec'd handset”.

That power boost comes courtesy of a 1.2GHz processor, nearly double the original Torch's 624MHz, while the presence of BlackBerry OS 6.1 should keep things ticking over nicely too.

Physically, the Torch 2 is identical to its predecessor, but we have no problem with that considering how drastic the improvements are under the hood. The BlackBerry Torch 2 is set for a full reveal at BlackBerry World next month, and BGR claims the handset will launch on AT&T over in the US in July.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 10, 2011 at 12:33

Hahaha... The Original Blackberry Torch 'consumer friendly'?
Don't get me wrong, I'd love one. But how's beyond-iPhone expensive and a bad bad battery more consumer-friendly than a Bold or Curve? Cause looks, gorgeous looks aside, the Torch offers little extra...

Vexiarla  Apr. 10, 2011 at 22:09

How is it not consumer-friendly? The touch screen was the main selling point. Every kid at my high school has a Blackberry, andthe few that have the torch are envied.
And what? The BB Torch is 60$ cheaper on a 3 year contract as opposed to the iphone on a 3-year contract.
Yes the battery may not be the best but it gets you through a full day so whays the problem? Who doesn't charge their phone at night?

qwrty12  Apr. 11, 2011 at 04:47

i dont charge my phone at night and i hate how fast the batter dies. i am a current university student in canada and the battery issue makes me wish i stlll had my bold 9700.

blindman1  Apr. 11, 2011 at 12:31

I've had a Torch from the beginning. I think it is the best phone you can buy - period!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 11, 2011 at 15:59

Vexiarla,
Did you just answer your own question? "3-year contract"?! Very consumer friendly, if you ask me :p 3 YEARS!
And the battery under-performed significantly. Ask anyone why they got rid of their Torch 9800, and the poor battery performance will be 1 of the 2 top-reasons.
It is a great phone, but we are ALL consumers. Our 'love' for a brand or OS should not make us blind to serious shortcomings! Without some nagging nags, iOS would still lack copy/paste, and WP7 would never get it. And without loads and loads of critics 'attacking' the Storm, the Blackberry Torch would have been worse...

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