Blackberry Torch 9800 Maxis10 Review – Overview

Time flies and it’s been 2 weeks since I got the Blackberry Torch 9800 under the Maxis10 programme and my review will come to an end with this post of an overview of the BB Torch 9800..

I’m going to do a slight comparison with iPhone, not technically but how I choose my smartphones, and some other not-so-big technical glitch about this BB Torch 9800..

First of all, let’s go to the size of it..


*Taken from Blackberry.com*

Height (closed) – 4.37 in / 111 mm
Height (open) – 5.83 in / 148 mm
Width – 2.44 in / 62 mm
Depth – 0.57 in / 14.6 mm
Weight – 5.68 oz / 161.1g

Well save your time from the measuring tape or ruler..The size of BB Torch 9800 when it’s closed is almost the same size as Bold2, just slightly longer by about 1-2 mm..

Although it’s a slider phone, the thickness is just exactly the same as Bold2..If you have no problem with Bold2, you got no problem with Torch 9800 at all..

The weight feels slightly heavier than Bold2 due to its solid casing on the slider..

When it comes to the keypad, it’s quite flattened as compared to Bold and Curve..One need some time to get used to it and I’ve achieved that in about 2 days..


*Flat keypad body*

Not to mention it might be a bit small for people with big thumbs..

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Blackberry Torch 9800 Review With Maxis10

Few days ago, the bunch of Maxis10 reviewers for Blackberry Torch 9800 have got the Torches in hand!

Before I start, I know some might think who am I to review the new savvy BB Torch? I’m no tech-blogger, I’m no famous person, I’m no pretty girl with super high traffic..

At the end of the day, a BB Torch is just used but tech people or famous people or lengluis with high traffic blogs!

I’m also a consumer so why is my review is not qualified? Instead of technical approach on the phone, as a normal consumer, I too can have my say on the phone as well..

And why I was chosen as a reviewer under Maxis10, that beats me but of course I was glad that I applied for the Maxis10 programme..

I was shocked when I got selected for the Maxis10 and really happy to be able to test the phone..


*The Blackberry Torch 9800*

The all new Blackberry Torch 9800 a.k.a Teledega is the first BB with a true touchscreen instead of tap-screen like the Storm series..

It’s also the first BB running on Blackberry OS6 and soon-to-come, BB Storm Refresh (Odin Refresh)..

I’ll discuss bout the OS 6 in upcoming entries and this entry is just to give you an outlook of how the BB Torch 9800 looks like..


*Blackberry Torch 9800 is a slider phone*

As you can see, BB Torch 9800 is a slider smartphone with both touchscreen-enabled and QWERTY keypad..

For a first-hand physical feeling, the QWERTY keypad is a tad too flat and small as compared to the Bold and even Curve..You can feel more of the buttons on both Bold and Curve..

But after using the Torch for 3 days, I kinda get used to the flat QWERTY keypad already but I must warn this to people with bigger thumbs..


*Home screen of BB Torch 9800 on a sideview*

Now the screen can even tilt side ways on either left or right side just like the iPhone and you can use a virtual keyboard for your typing..

This of course I’ll discuss further in the OS 6 blog entry too..


*I’m using Hotlink BIS Prepaid Plan*

Hotlink have this Daily BIS plan with only RM2.50/day but I kinda get confused with it’s usage and what’s not, I think I’ll try with the Weekly BIS plan for RM28/week..

Some friends said their credit got deducted for no reason and I defended Hotlink on the first day I was using it..

Unfortunately mine was deducted too, for almost RM20 in just 2 days..I was just using BBM, UberTwitter, and Foursquare..Not too sure how’s the Daily BIS plan works..

I only know that Daily BIS doesn’t include Internet Browsing..So after this I might just subscribe the Weekly BIS plan with 500MB data, inclusive of Internet Browsing..

One can activate the BIS plan at any point of time from their BB..Just dial *100# and press 7 to set your Internet settings..Then choose your plan, whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly..

Okay don’t ask me bout the rates and T&C and all coz I’m not here to talk about the rates..So head over to Maxis Centre or any Hotlink booth for more info..


*BB Pin Barcode*

Once you have started your BIS plan, it’s time for BBM! :D Let’s BBM and start a whole new era of instant-messaging..


*Yours truly*

Do stay tune for more reviews on this Blackberry Torch 9800, namely the OS 6, functions, features, camera, and perhaps some applications..

Well it’s the Maxis10 Programme, so we have 9 other reviewers that you might want to check them out as well..


*Maxis10 for Blackberry Torch 9800*

From left to right >> Raracandyfloss, YnnLunia, Sham Hardy, Jason Lioh, Lightyoruichi, Jamie Chin, yours truly, Eizil, Bryan Lim, and Xiangcool..

Other than checking out their blogs, you can also follow us and other Maxis10 reviewers on Twitter by following the #Maxis10..

Blackberry Torch 9800 Launching By RIM @ Westin Hotel

On 1st of October 2010, Research In Motion (RIM) launched its newest Blackberry Torch 9800 at Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur..It’s said to be the first launch of BB Torch in the Asia Pacific..

The launch event was pretty posh and I was delighted to be invited under the Maxis10 programme and be part of the first group to witness the launch of BB Torch 9800..

Was there with the few lucky bunch :D

Photos taken from Joshua Ong and Xiangcool..

joshua ong blackberry torch 9800 launch westin hotel
*L>R – Jason, Daphne, yours truly, Jamie, Didjital, Joshua*

Like I said, the event was pretty posh and it’s quite an exclusive one, only people from the few telcos, limited media people, and others were VIPs, if not mistaken..


*The crowd in Westin Grand Ballroom*

The finger food was great and the drinks were thirst-relieving..

It’s so posh and exclusive and VIP-ish where Datuk Jimmy Choo was there as well..


*Chammaine with Datuk Jimmy Choo – taken from Xiangcool’s album*

Stunning performances of Sand Art and a nice piano medley totally got the crowd in mood before DJ Goldfish took the stage with his antics..

Games ala “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” was being played as well where the few selected people were going against each other for a Blackberry Torch 9800!


*TuneTalk’s Jason Lo going against DiGi’s Charlie Chia – taken from Xiangcool’s album*

It was an entertaining game and the winner deserved it..

The Blackberry Torch 9800 is a sweet slide phone with both touchscreen and full Qwerty keyboard functions..I shall talk about the functions when I get the phone in my hands soon! :D


*The Blackberry Torch 9800 – taken from JoshuaOng’s album*

The event ended with a happy face on me, at least, coz everyone gets a complimentary door gift from RIM by Tiffany & Co..

The gentlemen got a money clipper and the ladies got a jewelry glass case..


*Tiffany & Co Money Clip*

Following is the 10 selected people for the Maxis 10 reviewers for Blackberry Torch 9800..


*Maxis 10 for Blackberry Torch 9800 – taken from Xiangcool’s album*

For more updates and reviews on Blackberry Torch 9800, stay tune for more!

Will be talking about it more when I get the sweet BB in hand soon, very soon!

We Can Has BlackBerry Messenger Conference

For the past few entries you have seen me talking bout BlackBerry and all because I just can’t get enough of it!

Now here’s a short clip (2-minutes plus) of me using BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) conferencing with Jason and Eugene, where the former is just seated right in front of me!

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I know the video is a tab bit long and boring and all but hey, I was too busy with my BBM~!! LOL~!!

Then I have created a BBM Group and planned for a meet up for Cheras BB users..

bbm group chat
*Group Chat – Adrie on the timeline*

bbm group chat
*Sharon on the timeline*

Too bad the #CherasBBmeetup is a failure due to tight schedules and busy weekend..

Now what are you waiting for? Get a BB for yourself and your partner so you guys can save MORE!

And do it with DiGi BlackBerry Internet Service for just RM58 with unlimited data transfer, including web surfing!

Not to forget to check out my #YatBBlog tweets..

DiGi BlackBerry Curve 8520 Coverage

After you have read about the “main applications” in a BlackBerry, now it’s time to test DiGi 3G coverage, whether is it worth its RM58/month low price..

Not that i’m comparing it with other telcos but it’s fine to just comment on the DiGi line itself..

bb curve 8520 gsm
*BB Curve 8520 on GSM*

On start-up, my BB Curve 8520 is always on GSM aka 2G before it handover to EDGE due to the limitations of BB Curve 8520..

Curve 8520 doesn’t support 3G so the optimum signal it can get is EDGE..

bb curve 8520 edge
*BB on edge connection*

If you see “edge”, that’s small letters, beware and NOT to surf around if you have subscribed data plan..

The “edge” connection is actually a normal connection that will charge you based on the amount of data you have used..

So if you surf or use applications when this “edge” sign is showing, it’s a sign that your data plan isn’t ready yet and you better tell DiGi about this problem..

bb curve 8520 EDGE

The real sign that should be showing is the capital letters of “EDGE”, which means you are now running on data plan instead of pay-as-you-use rates..

If a phone can support 3G connection, it will show 3G and if in areas that have low 3G signal, the sign on your phone will drop down to EDGE or maybe GSM depending on the coverage of the areas..

So far my BB’s signal has never drop to GSM even when I was around outskirt area such as Cyberjaya and South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE)..

I tried to make phone calls and I was amazed with its reception..

My biggest problem with my previous telco is the reception in my room..

I, as a Communication & Electronic Engineering student knows that the reception will drop if one is surrounded by walls or buildings..

So I couldn’t blame the telco for the bad reception but I couldn’t really bear with it especially when I pick up phone calls when I’m still sleeping..

I have to get up and find the best spot for the reception..

Tried with DiGi, I talked with no reception problem in every corner in my room..Asked my friend if there is any cracking or “robotic” sound, a firm NO is replied..

I am more than happy to stay loyal to DiGi just because of that..LOL~!!

Although last week there’s a slight mishap with its slow connection but they have swiftly restored its stable connection..

Even though DiGi is a new player in 3G coverage but as of late it has improved a lot and I bet they will keep on improving to accommodate its customers’ needs with the rapid growth of BB users..

Do check out DiGi BlackBerry packages..So far it’s the cheapest and affordable plan ever!

BlackBerry Curve 8520 – Introduction For Beginner

Yes, I’m using a Blackberry Curve 8520 and like I’ve did some tutorial on how to use a DSLR before, I’ve decided to give a slight bit of tutorial on what you can expect from a BB Curve 8520..

IMHO, BB Curve-Series is an economic BB, where its specs are far more inferior if compared to its fellow BB of the Storm-Series and Bold-Series hence the more affordable price..

Even so, a BB Curve could do wonders that most normal phones cannot do..

One of BB’s strongest fundamental features is the Push-Mail function..

bb curve push mail
*BB Curve 8520 – Push-mail*

I’ve integrated my Gmail with my BB Push-mail function and now I receive mails just like I receive SMSes..

I don’t have to download my mail nor wait for it to load, I just open my mails on my BB just like how people open their SMSes..

Other than Push-Mail, one of BB’s stronghold that I would say could change the SMS world in the near future, is the Blackberry Messenger (BBM)..

BBM is almost like any IM application but it’s for BB users only..

bbm bar code
*BBM Barcode*

With BBM, one can key-in the user’s phone number or his/her BB-PIN to add a contact..

To make it more high-tech, you can display your BB’s Barcode, then scan the barcode through another BB’s camera..

You can also screenshot your BB Barcode, display it in your blog or somewhere so that other people can scan your Barcode without you telling them your BB-PIN..

bbm contacts
*The few people in my BBM – Jynn, KY, Sharon, and Vivien*

After you’ve added your friend’s BB contact, you will no longer have to SMS your friend..You can message your friend via BBM..

That’s why I said it will change the SMS world in the near future..Honestly, I felt more intimate to chat with my friends on BBM rather than other IMs..

Other than that, there are few other apps that can be used and very popular as of late, such as Twitter..BB’s Twitter apps are the 2 more recognisable TwitterBerry and UberTwitter..

UberTwitter provides a much neat and better platform as compared to TwitterBerry..

Do read more on Blackberry phones below..

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