Blackberry Torch 9810 vs. HTC Desire HD – Review

by Jerry D on August 11, 2011

OK. So pitting the Blackberry Torch 9810 up against any of the leading phones results in a catastrophic defeat for the RIM handset. So what if we armed it with a baseball bat and told it to lie in wait for a passing HTC Desire HD? Which smartphone would win that fight? Let’s find out…

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Round #1 – Connectivity:
The Blackberry Torch 9810 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Desire HD, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. This opening round is a tie. Let’s move on…

Score: +1 to both phones (1-1)

Round #2 – Size & Weight:
The spec sheet reveals that the Blackberry Torch 9810 is slightly fatter than the Desire HD with dimensions of 14.5mm versus 11.8mm. The Desire HD is noticeably broader, measuring 68.0mm to the Blackberry Torch 9810′s 61.9mm. If weight is an issue for you then there’s not much between the two handsets. The Desire HD is 164g, while RIM’s phone is 161g.

Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (2-1)


Round #3 – Camera:
RIM has built the Blackberry Torch 9810 with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts continuous autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection, a 4x digital zoom (2x better than the original 9800) plus HD video recording at 720p. For video calling, you’ll find a second camera on the front. It’s a good set-up that will suit most users.

The Desire HD, however, boasts superior imaging technology – an 8.0 Megapixel camera, to be exact, with autofocus, a dual LED flash, face detection capability, geotagging and 720p HD video recording. Note the maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels here.

Score: +1 to Desire HD (2-2)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
The Blackberry Torch 9810 features a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD with a resolution of 480 x 640 pixels. The screen has 307200 pixels in total, giving it a decent PPI rating of 250.0 pixels per inch. RIM has paired the Blackberry Torch 9810′s decent screen with a neat slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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At 4.3 inches, Desire HD’s touch-sensitive S-LCD has considerably more room than its rival. The technology is better. but with 384000 pixels on the 4.3-inch screen, the pixel density is actually lower at 216.977 pixels per inch. This means that the 9810′s display looks sharper to the naked eye.

Score: +1 to Desire HD (2-3)

Round #5 – Processor:
As for overall performance, the RIM Blackberry Torch 9810 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.2GHz. An Adreno graphics chip provides some extra muscle. The Desire HD is built around a slightly slower 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255 chip.

Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (3-3)

Round #6 – Software:
Despite some speed improvements in the new Blackberry OS 7, it’s no match for the Android (v2.2) OS that HTC uses on the Desire HD. It’s more versatile, has more apps and enjoys far more support.

Score: +1 to Desire HD (3-4)

Round #7 – Applications:
What about a comparison of the two app stores? According to the stats below, the Desire HD has the fattest app store of the two.

Score: +1 to Desire HD (3-5)

Round #8 – Storage:
The 8GB of onboard memory in the Blackberry Torch 9810 beats the 1GB capacity of the Desire HD. The Blackberry Torch 9810 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 40GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Desire HD bumps up the capacity to 33GB.

Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (4-5)

Round #9 – Battery life:
Measuring the staying power of phones is difficult. But the Blackberry Torch 9810 boasts 6.5 hours of talktime according to RIM, while the Desire HD is rated at 9.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 307 hours and 420 hours respectively. The Desire HD takes the round here to build up an impressive lead…

Score: +1 to Desire HD (4-6)


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 and a digital compass. RIM has also provided NFC support should the technology ever take off. In comparison, the Desire HD features GPS/A-GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, built-in FM radio, Dolby Mobile enhanced sound, DLNA wireless content sharing and integration.

Score: +1 to Desire HD (4-7)

BPF Verdict: The HTC Desire HD wins!

Here’s how this fight played out. The Desire HD has the most versatile OS, the highest-spec camera, the best all-round camera features, a superior display, the bigger of the two screens… Need we go on?

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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