The Torch has been put through the paces and the message is clear: It’s a decent enough Blackberry but it suffers in comparison to competition out there.

The following points summarize the impressions by Engadget and Gizmodo

  • The hardware and quality of the keyboard is well built.
  • Touchscreen resolution is low in comparison to the competition(iPhone4 , Android phones)
  • The hardware(Marvell CPU at 624MHz and 512 RAM) is adequate but the performance is sluggish at times, even when the phone isn’t pushed to its limits.
  • The new Blackberry OS version 6.0 has some decent refinements that will be appreciated by Blackberry users but those used to the iPhone and Android devices will not be overly impressed.
  • The quality of the messaging system and the universal search feature are top notch.
  • The inclusion of a WebKit browser is a good improvement in comparison to previous models but the low resolution of the screen makes it a suboptimal experience.

RIM is basically taking small steps to make the Blackberry more consumer friendly. This may not be enough in the current mobile climate.

Do read the reviews for yourself at Engadget and Gizmodo.