HTC Droid Incredible vs. Blackberry Torch 9800 – Review

by Jerry D on August 19, 2010

Remember that boxing match where plucky Brit Frank Bruno got a title shot against Iron Mike Tyson?

There were moments in the fight when it looked like Frank had a chance and he hurt Tyson with a couple of good punches. But like this ding-dong between the Droid Incredible and RIM’s Blackberry Torch, the outcome isn’t really in doubt.

Best call the ambulance now…


The spec sheet of the Droid Incredible lists CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. The Blackberry Torch 9800, meanwhile, counters with 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP plus a triple-play of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. A quick point for the Torch and this fight is off and running… (0-1)

Size & Weight:

Size matters. The Droid Incredible measures 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9mm, while the Torch 9800 is 111.0 x 62.0 x 14.6mm in comparison. The Droid Incredible is the taller of the two phones by a noticeable 6.5mm. But the Blackberry is heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at a fat-assed 161g. The Droid Incredible, meanwhile, weighs a more lithe 130g. (1-1)



The design of the HTC Droid Incredible incorporates a top-of-the-line 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture. In this round, the Blackberry Torch 9800 comes off second best. Its 5.0 Megapixel lens (with auto-focus, image stabilization, LED flash, 2x digital zoom and VGA video capture) falls short. (2-1)


HTC has built the Incredible with a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display. The AMOLED screen has a good resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It’s not the best we’ve seen, but it’s impressive enough. The 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Blackberry Torch 9800 is smaller and its 360 x 480 pixel resolution loses out to the Droid’s superior display. (3-1)


In terms of processor speed and software, inside the Droid Incredible there’s a Snapdragon (QSD8650) chip, rated at 1GHz. The Blackberry Torch 9800 is criminally under-powered, boasting the same 624MHz Marvell processor that didn’t impress in the older Blackberry Bold. Score one for the Droid.

The HTC Droid Incredible uses Android 2.1 (Eclair) overlaid with HTC’s Sense UI, while the Blackberry Torch 9800 runs Blackberry OS 6.0. That’s another point for the Incredible. (5-1)


Storage-wise, the two phones come with 8GB of memory built-in. The Droid Incredible also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 40GB. You can also expand the memory of the Blackberry Torch 9800 via its microSD slot. The maximum is 36GB. (5-1)

Battery life:

With a full battery, HTC’s spec sheet lists 5.2 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 5.8 hours for the RIM Blackberry Torch 9800. As for standby time, the phones can last for 146 hours and 336 hours respectively. That’s a small win for the Blackberry Torch 9800 here. (5-2)



The Droid Incredible also includes GPS/A-GPS, an FM radio tuner and a digital compass. The Blackberry Torch 9800 also features GPS/A-GPS, geo-tagging and comes with Blackberry Maps. (5-2)

The HTC Droid Incredible wins!

droid incredible HTC Droid Incredible vs. Blackberry Torch 9800   ReviewBoom! No surprises here as the Droid Incredible lines up the Blackberry Torch and rolls right over it (5-2). RIM has undoubtedly done some good work with version 6.0 of the Blackberry OS, but it still doesn’t have the flexibility and customisation options of Android. Throw in the fact that the Droid Incredible is thinner and lighter, has a higher-spec camera and a superb display and it’s not much of a contest. Hey RIM, better luck next model.

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