Nokia C7 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810

by Jerry D on August 29, 2011

The Nokia C7 (you might also know it as the Nokia Astound) and the RIM Blackberry Torch 9810 line up for a 100 metres sprint. Which one is the telephonic equivalent of Usain Bolt? And how big is the margin of victory? Oh, and did we mention that we’re going to shoot the loser? Harsh but fair…

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Round #1 – Connectivity:
As far as wireless tech is concerned, the C7 comes with 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. RIM’s Blackberry Torch 9810 comes with 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP as standard.

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

Round #2 – Size & Weight:
Size-wise, the Nokia C7 and the Blackberry Torch 9810 measure 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5mm and 111.0 x 61.9 x 14.5mm respectively. The Blackberry phone, aka the Torch 2, is 4.0mm fatter than the C7 (aka Nokia Astound). It’s also considerably tubbier, weighing 161g. Whereas the C7 is a noticeable 31g lighter. It weighs 130g.

Score: +1 to C7 (2-1)


Round #3 – Camera:
As for photo/video prowess, the C7′s 8.0 MP camera features a fixed focus lens, dual LED flash, geotagging, face detection and HD video recording (720p). For video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera.

Despite continuous autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection, 4x digital zoom and HD video recording at 720p, the Blackberry Torch 9810′s 5.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.

Score: +1 to C7 (3-1)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
The C7 incorporates a touch-sensitive AMOLED display, an iPhone-esque 3.5 inches in size and with a resolution of 360 x 640. Packing 230400 pixels into this 3.5-inch screen results in a pixel density of 209.714 pixels per inch (PPI). To be honest, that’s not exactly cutting edge.

rez comparison1 Nokia C7 vs. Blackberry Torch 9810

The 9810′s touch-sensitive LCD is less roomy, measuring 3.2 inches. In comparison, there are 307200 pixels onscreen, giving the Blackberry Torch 9810 a much better pixel density of 250.0 pixels per inch. As you’d expect from a Blackberry, there’s also a QWERTY keyboard for data entry.

Score: +1 to both phones (4-2)

Round #5 – Processor:
As for the CPUs in this fight, the C7 boasts a sluggish 680MHz ARM 11 processor. The Blackberry Torch 9810, meanwhile, has a speedier Qualcomm chip, rated at 1.2GHz.

Score: +1 to Blackberry Torch 9810 (4-3)

Round #6 – Software:
RIM’s phone uses a new and improved Blackberry OS 7, while Nokia uses Symbian ^3 OS in the C7. With Symbian failing to fulfil its promise, the Blackberry OS just snags the point in this round.

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

Round #7 – Applications:
This round is all about apps. Yes, hardware matters. But a phone’s versatility can often make up for a weak specification. According to the latest numbers (see below), the Nokia C7 has the biggest app library.

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

Round #8 – Storage:
Both handsets come with 8GB of internal memory. Like many phones, the C7 also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 40GB. The 8GB storage capacity on RIM’s phone can also be expanded to 40GB via its own microSD card slot.

Score: +1 to both phones (6-5)

Round #9 – Battery life:
Fully powered-up, Nokia claims 9.5 hours of talktime for its C7, versus 6.5 hours for the Blackberry Torch 9810. The standby times are 552 hours for the C7 and 307 hours for the Blackberry Torch 9810. The C7 takes the point here.

Score: +1 to C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (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 C7 also includes GPS/A-GPS (with free Ovi Maps), a digital compass, Web TV, Flash support, an FM radio (with RDS) and TV-out with Dolby Digital Plus support. As the Nokia Astound (exclusive to T-Mobile US don’t you know), it also features NFC short-range wireless connectivity.

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 Nokia C7 wins!

If this was a 100 metres sprint it would have ended in a photo finish. But the Nokia C7/Astound just edges it here. True, it has a slower processor and a lesser screen resolution. But it’s a strong performer elsewhere and, like most Nokia phones, it’s well built and makes the most of the Symbian OS.

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

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