RIM introduced a neat touchscreen display and BB OS 6 with the Blackberry Torch 9800. But it failed to set the world alight.
The updated Blackberry Torch 9810 is speedier than its predecessor, boasts a higher resolution screen and new software. The question is: will this tech revamp be enough to distract new users from Android and the iPhone?
Round #1 – Connectivity:
The Blackberry Torch 9810 is well-specced and includes 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity. RIM’s previous Torch was no slouch in this department either, boasting 3G connectivity, all-round 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
Score: +1 to both phones (1-1)
Round #2 – Size & Weight:
According to the tape measure, the Torch 9800 is pretty much the same width as its replacement, measuring 62.0mm to the 9810′s 61.9mm. Both phones are 111.0mm tall and tip the scales at 161g.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (2-2)
Round #3 – Camera:
The Blackberry Torch 9810 comes equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with continuous autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection, 4x digital zoom and HD video recording at 720p. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat/Skype.
The two phones match each other for megapixels – the Blackberry Torch 9800 also packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera with auto-focus, image stabilization and an LED flash. The 9800, however, only features a 2x digital zoom and VGA video capture.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (3-2)
Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
As for screen size, the RIM Blackberry Torch 9810 features a 3.2-inch (480 x 640) touch-sensitive LCD with what RIM calls ‘Liquid Graphics’. It’s essentially a marketing phrase for the hardware graphics acceleration provided by the CPU.
There are 307200 pixels overall, which translates to a creditable 250.0 pixels per inch. As for the keyboard, it’s a compact QWERTY layout like the classic Blackberry Bold, designed to speed up data entry.
In terms of size, the Blackberry Torch 9800′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is identical. But as we’ve mentioned, it boasts a poorer screen resolution – 360 by 480 pixels. With 172800 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 187.5 pixels per inch. There’s also a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for data entry.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (4-2)
Round #5 – Processor:
As far as the performance of the two phones is concerned, this is where the Torch 2 shines. Although the Blackberry OS is nimble, the original 9800′s 624MHz Marvell processor just wasn’t fast enough compared to its rivals. So RIM has revved up the performance of the 9810 with a 1.2GHz processor. You can almost hear it go ‘whoosh’.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (5-2)
Round #6 – Software:
RIM’s handset debuts Blackberry OS 7, which promises a slicker user experience, a faster web browser, support for HTML5 video, voice activated search and Blackberry Balance – a feature designed to segment corporate and personal data. The 9800 runs on the older Blackberry OS 6.0.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (6-2)
Round #7 – Applications:
It isn’t all about hardware. Good software support is vital. As far as this fight is concerned, both smartphones have access to the Blackberry App World. Details below.
Score: +1 to both phones (7-3)
Round #8 – Storage:
The Blackberry Torch 9810 beats the older model’s 4GB of onboard storage by including 8GB of space. Plug a bigger memory card into the Blackberry Torch 9810′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 40GB. You can expand the memory of the Blackberry Torch 9800 via the microSD slot too. The maximum is 36GB.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (8-3)
Round #9 – Battery life:
Fully juiced, RIM boasts 6.5 hours of talktime for its Blackberry Torch 9810, versus 5.8 hours for the Blackberry Torch 9800. The standby times are 307 hours for the 9810 and 336 hours for the 9800. The Torch 2 steals it on this occasion.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (9-3)
Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.
Round #10 – Extras:
The Blackberry Torch 9810 also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and NFC support. In comparison, the Blackberry Torch 9800 features GPS/A-GPS and geo-tagging.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (10-3)
BPF Verdict: The RIM Blackberry Torch 9810 wins!
Well that was a one-sided fight. Now see if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…