Blackberry Torch 9800 vs. Nokia C6 – Review

by Jerry D on August 18, 2010

This should be interesting… What happens when you give the Blackberry Torch 9800 and the Nokia C6 a pair of duelling pistols and tell them to fight it out to the death? Each phone has 8 shots. Which phone is going to cause the most damage?

Connectivity:

The Blackberry Torch 9800 takes aim, confident that its 3G chipset, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP can beat the C6. Nokia’s budget cellphone is slower on the draw, boasting 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. Bang. A hit for the Torch. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Pocketability is crucial. Who wants a huge phone these days? The Torch measures 111.0 x 62.0 x 14.6mm. In comparison, the C6 is 113.0 x 53.0 x 16.8mm. The 9800 is the shorter of the two phones by 2.0mm. But it also carries much more weight than the C6. Compare the two and RIM’s phone is 161g and Nokia’s handset is 150g. Both are pretty hefty, but the C6 gets a shot in to draw the scores level. (1-1)

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Camera:

As for photo/video prowess, the Blackberry Torch 9800′s 5.0 MP lens features auto-focus, image stabilization, an LED flash and VGA video capture. The C6′s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture) equals the Blackberry Torch 9800′s. But it trumps the Blackberry’s specification with an extra camera on the front designed for video calling. (1-2)

Screen/keyboard:

As for screen size, the RIM Blackberry Torch 9800 features a 3.2-inch (360 x 480 pixels) touch-sensitive LCD display. This handset also features a sturdy QWERTY keyboard, which slides neatly out of the chassis.

The C6′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is exactly the same size as RIM’s handset, but it has a higher resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. It also features a good, slide-out QWERTY keypad with raised keys. Another bullet strikes the Torch and the C6 goes two points clear. (1-3)

Performance:

As for the processors and user interfaces, the Blackberry Torch 9800 boasts a 624MHz Marvell processor, while the C6 has a sluggish ARM 11 chip, rated at 434MHz. The Torch runs the new Blackberry OS 6.0; the Nokia C6 uses Symbian OS (Series 60). It’s hard to favour one over the other. Neither has the flexibility or customisation options of Android or Apple’s iOS. So the 9800 wings the C6 thanks to its nimbler number-cruncher. (2-3)

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Storage:

The 8GB of standard memory in the Blackberry Torch trumps the 2GB capacity of the C6. Of course, you can plug a bigger memory card into the Blackberry’s microSD expansion slot. This will boost the maximum capacity to a roomy 36GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the C6 only bumps up the capacity to 16GB. Another quick-fire point for the Torch. (3-3)

Battery life:

Fully powered-up, the Blackberry Torch 9800 boasts 5.8 hours of talktime according to RIM, while the C6 is rated at 5.0 hours. Standby time is pretty close too, rated at 336 hours and 384 hours respectively. The Torch takes the round here to open up a narrow lead. (3-4)

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Extras:

Finally, this 9800 model also includes GPS/A-GPS, geo-tagging and Blackberry Maps. The C6 counters with GPS/A-GPS and a stereo FM radio (with RDS), but it’s not enough to claw back a point. (3-4)

The Blackberry Torch 9800 wins!

Torch 9800 keyboard1 Blackberry Torch 9800 vs. Nokia C6   ReviewThis fight was hardly a classic and it ends in RIM’s favour (3-4). The C6 might have a better display and a lighter overall build. But the Torch gets some good shots in that give it the edge – better all-round connectivity, better performance and more memory as standard. The C6 puts up a good fight, but given the choice we’d go for the Blackberry in this case.

Do you agree with the outcome of this battle? Tell us what you think in the comments below…

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