The RIM Blackberry Torch 9810 isn’t beefy enough to compete against the big boys of the smartphone world. The Samsung Galaxy S2 creamed it in a recent match-up. But if you drop down a division and pit it against lower-specced handsets like the pretty-boy LG Optimus Black, it starts to hold its own. This big phone fight is a close one…
Round #1 – Connectivity:
The wireless options on the good-looking Optimus Black include 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Blackberry Torch 9810 has 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. This opening round ends in a draw.
Score: +1 to both phones (1-1)
Round #2 – Size & Weight:
Size matters. The Optimus Black measures 121.0 x 63.5 x 9.2mm, while the fat Blackberry Torch 9810 is 111.0 x 61.9 x 14.5mm in comparison. The Optimus Black is the taller of the two phones by 10.0mm. Put the two phones on the scales and the LG Optimus Black weighs 109g, while the Blackberry Torch 9810 is a hefty 161g. Consequently, the LG phone edges into the lead.
Score: +1 to Optimus Black (2-1)
Round #3 – Camera:
First, let’s examine the Optimus Black, which comes packing a decent 5.0 Megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with extras that include: autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p HD video capture. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera. It’s a good spec and you could argue that you don’t need much better to take (and ultimately print out) great photos.
The Blackberry Torch 9810 also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera along with photo-frills such as continuous autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection, a 4x digital zoom and HD video recording at 720p. A extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. Another tied round.
Score: +1 to both phones (3-2)
Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
This is where it gets interesting… LG has built the Optimus Black with a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The so-called ‘NOVA’ LCD has a ho-hum resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. With its 4.0-inch diagonal measurements and an overall pixel count of 384000, the Optimus Black has a pixels per inch rating of 233.25.
At only 3.2 inches, the Blackberry Torch 9810′s touch-sensitive LCD obviously has less room. Its 480 x 640 pixel resolution is also no match for the LG display. But with 307200 pixels onscreen, the pixel density of the 9810′s screen is higher at 250.0 pixels per inch. And let’s not forget that this handset also features a classic Blackberry QWERTY keyboard.
Score: +1 to Optimus Black (4-2)
Round #5 – Processor:
Now onto the processors… We’re in the middle of a speed race, where single-core chips are being outclassed by dual-core configurations, which themselves will be outpaced by future quad-core engines. Here, the Optimus Black’s processor is a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 chip, while the Blackberry Torch 9810 uses Qualcomm silicon rated at 1.2GHz. Amazingly, the Torch 2 is faster. At least on paper.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (4-3)
Round #6 – Software:
The LG Optimus Black launched with Android 2.2, upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread). So it’s close to the cutting edge of Google’s mobile software project. The Blackberry Torch 9810 runs the new and improved Blackberry OS 7, which features significant speed improvements over version 6. Android still takes the round, however.
Score: +1 to Optimus Black (5-3)
Round #7 – Applications:
Software versatility is important, app variety even more so. Taking the numbers below into account, the Blackberry Torch 9810 is severely beaten by the Optimus Black and its Android friendliness. Ouch. Its chances of winning this fight just narrowed.
Score: +1 to Optimus Black (6-3)
Round #8 – Storage:
While the Optimus Black only boasts 2GB of onboard storage, the Blackberry Torch 9810 comes with a better 8 gig capacity. The Optimus Black also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to a more usable 32GB. But you can expand the memory of the Blackberry Torch 9810 via its microSD slot. The maximum is 40GB. Another point to the plucky RIM handset.
Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (6-4)
Round #9 – Battery life:
With a good overnight charge, LG’s spec sheet lists 6.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 6.5 hours for the RIM Blackberry Torch 9810. As for standby time, the phones can last for 350 hours and 307 hours respectively. Tie.
Score: +1 to both phones (7-5)
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 Optimus Black also includes GPS/A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA content sharing and a digital compass. In comparison, the Blackberry Torch 9810 features GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and NFC support.
Score: +1 to both phones (8-6)
BPF Verdict: The LG Optimus Black wins!
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