RIM again has completely upgraded, not only the design of the Torch 9860, but also the operating system. True BlackBerry users will be surprised to see the change from a black professional looking interface to one of color, texture and vibrancy. Apart from the changes in color and icon design, the home screen stays the same. Icons are listed in a grid format. The status bar which includes the time, network, Wi-Fi, date and signal strength still remains on the top of the device. One great new feature of this interface is when tapped the status bar brings up options for alarms, shortcuts and switching Wi-Fi networks.
The interface has been intuitively adapted for the modern world exceptionally well by RIM. It is divided into three main sections. Above, as aforementioned, is the status bar, beneath that is a notification panel housing shortcut icons to Facebook, Twitter, messages, texts and emails. Within this panel you can also change the phone's current profile and perform a search. Beneath this panel is the usual app grid or drawer. You are able to customize this to your liking. The app drawer, when static shows about three quarters of its contents. You can swipe upwards to see the icons in the drawer that are currently off screen.
So why the optical trackpad? It's simple. Although this BlackBerry has completely taken on a touch-based and tactile interface that is simply for navigational purposes, you will still need to use the optical trackpad to choose specific options.