Blackberry Torch 9810 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) – Review

by Jerry D on August 8, 2011

What’s that? What can the RIM Blackberry Torch 9810 see there far off in the technology distance? That’ll be the Samsung Galaxy S2 sprinting to victory…

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Round #1 – Connectivity:
The revamped Blackberry Torch 9810 is a 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) phone with added 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Galaxy S2 features 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0+HS.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-1)

Round #2 – Size & Weight:
As for size and weight, the S2 is slightly skinnier than the Blackberry Torch 9810 with a chassis that’s only 8.49mm thick. The Galaxy handset is wider, however, measuring 66.1mm to the Blackberry Torch 9810′s 61.9mm. Of the two, the Blackberry Torch 9810 is far tubbier, weighing in at 161g. The Galaxy S2 (32GB) is 45g lighter at 116g.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-2)


Round #3 – Camera:
The Blackberry Torch 9810′s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include continuous autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection, 4x digital zoom and HD video recording at 720p. The highest resolution it supports is 2592 x 1944 pixels. For video calls and self portraits, there’s also a front-facing camera.

In terms of raw megapixels, the 8.0 MP camera on the Galaxy S2 is superior to the lens on the Blackberry Torch 9810. It also includes an array of features including: autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture. A extra camera on the front is designed for video calling.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-3)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
Headlining the RIM Blackberry Torch 9810 is a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with an improved resolution of 480 x 640 pixels. It has 307200 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at 250.0 pixels per inch. As for the keyboard, it’s a classic, compact QWERTY layout, designed for easier typing.

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The Samsung Galaxy S2′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display is reinforced with Gorilla Glass and is roomier at 4.27 inches. The only fly in the technology ointment here is the resolution, which isn’t any higher than 480 x 800 pixels. So compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is far lower at 218.501.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-4)

Round #5 – Processor:
In terms of performance, the original Torch took some flack for its sub-1GHz processor. So inside this Blackberry Torch 2 there’s a modern Qualcomm chip, ticking along at 1.2GHz. It’s ably assisted by an Adreno 205 GPU. Yes, it’s good. But the Galaxy S2 has a Samsung-built 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor that easily blows its socks off.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-5)

Round #6 – Software:
The 9810 comes with Blackberry OS 7 installed, which has several speed improvements plus voice-activated search functionality. But the Galaxy S2 runs Google’s versatile and wildly popular Android OS (v2.3), modded with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay and Swype text input.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-6)

Round #7 – Applications:
As far as apps are concerned, the Galaxy S2 has access to more downloadable apps than the Blackberry Torch 9810. See below for details.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-7)

Round #8 – Storage:
The 32GB in the top-end Galaxy S2 trumps the 8GB capacity of the Blackberry Torch 9810. Of course, the 9810 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to a maximum of 40GB. But a similar microSD slot on the Galaxy S2 can further boost the overall memory on Samsung’s phone to a whopping 64GB.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-8)

Round #9 – Battery life:
Juiced up overnight, the Blackberry Torch 9810 weighs in with 6.5 hours of talktime; the Galaxy S2 in comparison boasts 8.5 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, RIM’s phone can last 307 hours, while Samsung’s model boasts 610 hours. That’s a smackdown for the Galaxy S2 here. It’s racking up a massive score…

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-9)


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 Galaxy S2 (32GB) features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi direct, a stereo FM radio (with RDS), optional NFC support, a digital compass, gyroscope and an HDMI port. It’s a thumping win that completes a rare fighting whitewash/shutout over these 10 punishing rounds.

Score: +1 to Galaxy S2 (32GB) (0-10)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) wins!

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