Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

The new BlackBerry Torch is a weak me-too smartphone

BGR's Jonathan S. Geller dissects the newest BlackBerry -- and finds it far inferior to its iPhone and Droid rivals.

RIM didn't envision creating a touch device. Yet here we are in 2011, with the company abandoning its prior failed attempts at making a touch-only smartphone and instead copying the competition instead of innovating.

The BlackBerry Torch 9850, released on Sprint's network last month for $150 and available Thursday in Verizon stores for $200, is a no-frills touch phone. It features a 1.2GHz CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of built-in storage and more.

But does it stand a chance at competing with iPhone and Android devices? Read on for my review. (Spoiler! It's grim.)


Last updated September 15 2011: 11:13 AM ET
Join the Conversation