Blackberry Torch 9800 vs. Motorola Droid X – Review

by Jerry D on August 5, 2010

The Droid X is easily one of the best Android phones available and so it’s now a technology benchmark for any newly-launched smartphones. Pitting the Blackberry Torch against Motorola’s super-cellphone is a real David and Goliath battle. How will the new Blackberry get on? Not well, I suspect…


Let’s consider the wireless options here, one of the few rounds that the 9800 can pick up some points. The RIM handset boasts 3G, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Droid X comes out of its corner packing CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A for Verizon’s network, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. So this round ends in a tie. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

In terms of raw size and weight, the Blackberry Torch and the Droid X measure 111.0 x 62.0 x 14.6mm and 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm respectively. The Droid is the thinner of the two phones. Tipping the scales at 161g, the Blackberry Torch is weightier than its opponent. But not by much. The Droid X is one of the heavier Android phones around today. It weighs a meaty 155g. (1-2)



The Torch’s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Its imaging frills include: auto-focus, image stabilization, LED flash, 2x digital zoom and VGA video capture.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Droid X is an improvement on the Blackberry’s lens and also includes autofocus, a dual LED flash, mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization, 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording. (1-3)


The Blackberry Torch 9800 boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring 3.2 inches and delivering a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels. It’s also RIM’s first slider phone and features the obligatory QWERTY keyboard that’s defined modern Blackberry handsets.

At a massive 4.3 inches, the Droid X’s touch-sensitive LCD screen has much more room. It’s over an inch bigger on the diagonal, making it ideal for web browsing, viewing photos and watching video. The resolution is a superb 480 x 854 pixels, which easily trumps the Torch. (1-4)


In terms of usability and performance, the Blackberry Torch 9800 features a Marvell chip, ticking along at 624MHz. The Droid X has go-faster stripes thanks to the presence of a 1GHz OMAP processor.

As for software, the Blackberry Torch 9800 uses the new Blackberry OS 6.0, while the Droid X launched with Android 2.1 with MotoBlur. An upgrade to 2.2 (Froyo) is on the cards. (1-6)

Downloadable apps:


With 16GB of internal storage, the Droid X has more space as standard. The Blackberry Torch 9800 features 8GB in comparison. It also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 36GB. The Droid X’s overall capacity can be increased to 40GB via its microSD memory card slot. (1-7)

Battery life:

Juiced up overnight, RIM claims 5.8 hours of talktime for the Blackberry Torch 9800, compared to 8.0 hours for the Droid X. Standby times are 336 hours and 220 hours respectively. The Torch edges it here. (2-7)



The Blackberry Torch 9800 also includes GPS/A-GPS, geo-tagging and Blackberry Maps. The Droid X weighs in with its own GPS/A-GPS sat-nav (using Google Maps), 3-microphone multi-directional audio, HDMI microconnector for HD video out and an LED spotlight. (2-8)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Blackberry Torch 9800 vs. Motorola Droid X   ReviewThe Droid X shrugs off the challenge of the Blackberry Torch with all the indifference of a Jedi deflecting a laser blast. The score? A crushing 2-8 in Motorola’s favour. While version 6.0 of the Blackberry OS is certainly an improvement, it still lags behind Android. The fact that the Droid X has the highest-spec camera, the most memory, the superior display and a good balance of size and weight only rubs salt into the Blackberry’s wounds…

What do you think of the Motorola Droid X and the Blackberry Torch? Let me know in the comments section below now…

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