Blackberry Torch 9800 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – Smackdown!

by Jerry D on August 27, 2010

RIM’s Blackberry Torch 9800 has had a ‘ho-hum’ reception from reviewers. But at least it’s a step in the right direction and an improvement over the ageing Blackberry Bold. Here’s today’s question: how would the 9800 fare in a three-way rumble with Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X8 handsets? Let’s find out…

torch vs x10 mini vs x8 Blackberry Torch 9800 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8   Smackdown!

RIM Blackberry Torch 9800

The RIM Blackberry Torch 9800 is RIM’s newest handset but, in technology terms at least, it’s not on a par with market leaders like the iPhone 4 and the Droid X. Despite the improvements to the Blackberry OS in version 6.0, the Torch still hasn’t got the technological muscle to compete with the elite smartphones.

For example, the touch-sensitive screen is only 3.2 inches across, with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. The Torch is also hampered by a sluggish processor – the 624MHz Marvell chip inside it is the same one you’ll find powering the Blackberry Bold. HD video capture? No. Video chat? Nuh-uh. The battery life (the talktime is quoted at 5.8 hours) isn’t great either.

What we do like is the 5.0 Megapixel camera (with auto-focus, image stabilization, LED flash, 2x digital zoom and VGA video capture). And there’s scope to expand the 8GB of standard memory to a satisfying 36GB. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard is also a highlight.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini

The Xperia X10 Mini is a cut-down version of the bigger Xperia X10, with a cut-down feature-set as a result. Launched with Android 1.6, it features a smaller 2.55-inch, 240 x 320 pixel LCD and is powered by a similarly unimpressive 600MHz processor. Amazingly, the talktime is worse, rated at only 4.0 hours.

That said, Sony Ericsson has still shoehorned in a 5.0 MP camera that packs features such as: autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture (up to 30fps). While it’s fatter than the Blackberry Torch, the lack of a keyboard means that it’s far lighter. A mere 88g to be exact, almost half the weight of RIM’s chubby handset.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Which leaves us with the Xperia X8. This decent-looking touchscreen phone sits between the daddy Xperia X10 and the X10 Mini, providing another mid-range option. Like the X10 Mini it launched with Android 1.6 and features a 3.0-inch LCD with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.

The 600MHz processor can’t outpace either of the other two phones, nor can the 3.2 MP camera beat their imaging capabilities. In terms of dimensions the X8 is unremarkable with a depth of 15.0mm and a weight of 104g. While the memory can be boosted from the default 2GB up to 16GB using a microSD card. If we sound unimpressed, it’s because we are.

The result shouldn’t be in doubt…

The Blackberry Torch 9800 wins!

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