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The BlackBerry Torch, a Stylish and Functional Smartphone

The BlackBerry Torch lights up the smartphone showdown with a functionality that's all business.

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The BlackBerry Torch 9800
The BlackBerry Torch 9800
Photos: Jon Snyder/Wired.com


Research in Motion apparently is getting tired of giving up all the style points to the iPhones and Droids of the world. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is 's attempt to stay relevant in the small-business discussion.

At less than 6 ounces and an inch taller than a deck of cards, this so-called "slider" (the qwerty keyboard slides in behind the screen that's just over 3 inches) features the app-friendly BlackBerry 6 operating system.

Though the unit can't, well, touch the 4 or 's Droid for touch-based interactivity, it's great for keyboard-based work like e-mail. And the interface, controls, camera, multimedia functions, Wi-Fi and battery life are excellent.

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