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BlackBerry Torch review | Menu & Digital camera

Published on: Thursday, December 30th 2010                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

BlackBerry Torch menu

W hen you push on the menu key, the menu is opened immediately. At the bottom of the screen you can click on an arrow, or push the menu key twice to open the menu. All options and programs are grouped together. If you move to the left or to the right, then you see a number of tabs: Favorites, Access to Media, Downloads and Frequent. The menu works very quickly and smoothly. It takes a bit of getting used to, and in comparison to previous versions, the order has truly changed. For example, in settings, we now see an overview instead of a simple list. I do wonder if OS6 works better when you do not have a touchscreen. The search function is a fun feature; you can type something on the main screen and the item is searched throughout the phone. It allows you to quickly go to a program or contact.

BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Torch 9800

 

BlackBerry Torch camera

BlackBerry Torch camera

5 megapixel digital camera

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 has a 5.0 megapixel digital camera. It can be started up with the quick key on the side or by choosing camera in the menu. Starting up the application takes 2 to 3 seconds, after which the whole screen functions as a viewfinder, except for a small tab with icons. The flash can be quickly switched on and the scene mode can be adjusted, as well displaying the photos taken.

BlackBerry Torch photo settings

BlackBerry Torch photo settings

Photography with the BlackBerry Torch

There is continuous focusing when the phone is moved, so that you can quickly capture a moment. However, this also might mean that you will miss something or get a photo that is not sharp. It may just require some getting used to. You can also turn the autofocus settings on ‘per photo’, although it then takes a bit longer before the photo is taken. For more settings, the menu key is used, although not much more can be adjusted other than the resolution, display time and storage location.

 

BlackBerry Torch digital camera

BlackBerry Torch digital camera

BlackBerry Torch smartphone

BlackBerry Torch smartphone

 
 
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