Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 11, 2013

Compare the Blackberry Q10 and the Blackberry Torch 9810 side-by-side and it’s like comparing chalk and cheese… But just how much better is the Q10 compared to the Torch 2? Can Blackberry mount a dramatic comeback with upgraded hardware and a new version of its classic OS? All of these questions are answered in the table that follows…

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Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it.

Blackberry Q10 VS Blackberry Torch 9810
Display 3.1-inch Super AMOLED 3.2-inch LCD
Resolution 720 x 720 pixels
(328.387 PPI)
480 x 640 pixels
(250.0 PPI)
Keyboard QWERTY QWERTY
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.2GHz unknown
Software Blackberry 10 Blackberry 7
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP No
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Size 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.3mm 62.0 x 111.0 x 14.6mm
Weight 139g 161g
Talktime 10.0 hours 5.5 hours
Standby TBC 300 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope and Blackberry Maps GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, and Blackberry Maps

 

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 fight plays out…

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Connectivity

The innards of the Q10 come packed with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also boasts 4G connectivity where available. The Torch 9810 has 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. It doesn’t have any 4G connectivity.
— The Q10 wins (1-0)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Size/Weight

Size matters. The Q10 has dimensions of 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.3mm; the Torch 9810 is 111.0 x 62.0 x 14.6mm. The Torch 9810 is the chunkier handset of the two – hardly surprising when you consider its slide-out keyboard. If weight is an issue, then the Torch 9810 won’t impress you. It tips the scales at 161g, while Blackberry’s phone is 139g. 
— The Q10 wins (2-0)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Camera/Video

The design of the Blackberry Q10 incorporates a 8.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording.

Despite its autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection and 720p video recording, the Torch 9810′s 5.0 Megapixel package loses out in this round.
— The Q10 wins (3-0)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Display

Display size is key and the Q10 features a 3.1-inch (720 x 720) touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen. It has 518400 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at a superb 328.387 pixels per inch. Blackberry has paired the Q10′s screen with the sort of well-designed QWERTY keyboard that Blackberry fans can’t do without.

XXXX pointy arrow The Blackberry Q10 features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 720 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 328.387.

The 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Torch 9810 is bigger. Unfortunately, it boasts a lower resolution (only 480 x 640 pixels) than the Q10. The pixel density of 250.0 pixels per inch here is way less than the 328.387 rating given to the Q10. This handset also features a QWERTY keyboard, which slides out from underneath the display.
— The Q10 wins (4-0)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Processor

These days, speed is crucial. the Blackberry Q10 is powered by a zippy, dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5GHz. There are no firm details about the processor inside the Torch 9810. But it ‘aint that fast.
— The Q10 wins (5-0)

Half-time: Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810

With five rounds gone, the Q10 is out in front by 5-0. It’s an almost unassailable lead. But, that said, there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the Torch 9810 pull it back? We’re guessing not…

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-1)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (7-2)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Storage

Now where were we? Ah yes. Storage. The Blackberry Q10 offers buyers 16GBGB of storage as standard. The Blackberry Torch 9810 also comes with one storage option – a 8GB model. As the specs show, the Q10 features 16GB of internal storage, while the Torch 9810 features 8GB. The Q10 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 48GB. While the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Torch 9810 bumps up the capacity to 40GB.
— The Q10 wins (8-2)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Q10 and the Torch 9810 share the points (9-3)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810 – Extras

Finally, the Q10 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope and Blackberry Maps. In comparison, the Torch 9810 features GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, and Blackberry Maps.

— The Q10 wins, again (10-3)

BPF Verdict: The Blackberry Q10 wins! (10-3)

It should come as no surprise that the Blackberry Q10 wins this match-up. It comprehensively beats the aged Blackberry Torch 9810, taking 7 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 0. The Q10 has the best connectivity (LTE and NFC), the best balance between size and weight, a superior 8.0MP camera and a gorgeous 3.1-inch 720 x 720 pixel display with a PPI of 328.387. It’s every inch a modern smartphone and the best keyboard-packing phone that Blackberry has ever built.

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