RIM's new BlackBerry 6OS-based Torch 9800 smartphone features a modern, spruced-up user interface, but BlackBerry owners will feel right at home. Are these changes enough to win over new customers and to compete with the ever-growing Android army? Ginny Mies takes a look.

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At a Glance
  • The Torch smartphone successfully delivers a design that is both innovative and familiar to BlackBerry users, but its performance and features aren’t quite up to par.


    • Excellent keyboard/touchscreen design
    • BlackBerry 6 OS adds much-needed features


    • Performance can be sluggish
    • Display has lower resolution than rival phones
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