BlackBerry Torch Impressions: The BlackBerry, Weirdly Evolvedmatt buchanan8/03/10 12:00pmFiled to: Blackberry torch 9800blackberry os 6Blackberry torchRimBlackBerrytorchTorch 9800os 6SmartphonesPhonesAt&tTop2451EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkBlackBerry Torch. The name of the phone that RIM hopes will revitalize BlackBerry is so metaphorically heavy handed that it almost inflicts blunt-force trauma. The iconic BlackBerry metastasized into a slider with sparkly new software, it's wonderfully weird.Imagine any BlackBerry released in the last year. Now imagine that the screen and trackpad sprouted downward, uncontrollably, until it reached the bottom of the phone, completely smothering the keyboard. Then a seam appeared at the bottom. You push up with your thumb, and the screen smoothly slides along a track for a quarter of a second before shooting skyward, clacking into place. Solid, is how it feels. Now it's 30 percent taller, the touchscreen, trackpad and four ever-present BlackBerry buttons floating above the keyboard you've probably always loved. But this whole production is hardly thicker than the BlackBerrys that don't split in two. That's the Torch. At first glance, it looks, feels, is almost exactly like any other BlackBerry released in the last year, except that it happens to be a revival of the vertical slider—a squarer, better constructed exploration of what the Pre tried to accomplish. Oh, and the ridged, ripple-y rubber back is nice. I'm pretty sure you'll never drop it.