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BlackBerry's touchscreen operated Torch phone is great for social networking. It also offers the amazing instant messaging and email experience for which BlackBerry phones are renowned and an excellent QWERTY keyboard - all in a compact slide phone form factor.
BlackBerry phones are famed for their excellent physical QWERTY keyboards that make it fast and easy to enter text and mark them out as superb for emailing while you're on the go. The brilliant Torch is no exception. However, unlike earlier BlackBerrys, the Torch's slider form factor means that you can hide the keyboard away when it's not in use and use the touchscreen for accessing all the other great functions onboard.
And believe you me, you'll want to. Not least because the Torch doubles as a great social networking device. Live updates are seamlessly integrated, so that you can keep up to date with what's going on with your friends and family. Plus you can update your own profiles directly from your handset too.
Also onboard is Research in Motion's (RIM) highly regarded BlackBerry Maps mapping software. This combines with A-GPS support to give you peerless turn by turn directions and turn the Torch into a satellite navigation device that's easily the equal of dedicated sat navs.
To keep you entertained, a media player and web browser are installed, with high speed HSDPA support making for a smooth and satisfying mobile internet experience, as well as allowing you to access fresh content quickly.
Other features of the Torch include an attachment editor that allows you to work on documents created in all key Microsoft Office packages, a five megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash and support for microSD cards that enables the handset's storage to be boosted by up to 32GB.
The Torch is a real break in form for BlackBerry, teaming the best of its traditional QWERTY keyboard phones (this is great for efficient text entry) with a touchscreen for standard phone functions.
But design innovations and great new software aside, this phone also stands out for the array of apps its offers. Head to the BlackBerry App World online software market and you'll be able to choose from everything to handy business tools and weather applications to fun games to help you while away those idle moments.