Nokia E5 vs. Blackberry Torch 9800 – Review

by Jerry D on August 25, 2010

Can Nokia out-Blackberry a Blackberry? The company’s previous E71 and E72 handsets certainly had their fans and RIM’s Blackberry Torch 9800 isn’t a great technological leap forward. Let’s get this big phone fight started shall we? Seconds away, round 1…

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We kick off with wireless options as usual and the E5 features 3G/HSDPA (with a 10.2 Mbps maximum speed for networks that support it), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. The Blackberry Torch 9800, meanwhile, packs 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and a triple-hit of Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n). The Torch takes an early lead. (0-1)

Size & Weight:

As far as size and weight are concerned, there’s not much between the two phones. The E5 is 115.0 x 58.9 x 12.8mm, the Blackberry Torch 9800 is 111.0 x 62.0 x 14.6mm. As you can see, the E5 is the more compact handset. It’s also the lighter of the two. The Blackberry Torch 9800 weighs 161g, whereas the E5 has 35g less bulk and weighs a lean 126g. (1-1)



First up, the E5′s 5.0 Megapixel camera features: a fixed focus lens with 3x digital zoom, an LED flash and VGA video recording. So ho, so hum. The Torch also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera but features improved functionality such as auto-focus, image stabilization, an LED flash, 2x digital zoom and VGA video capture. (1-2)


The E5 boasts a LCD display (not touch-enabled), measuring a teeny-tiny 2.36 inches and delivering a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. As for the keyboard, it’s a compact QWERTY layout, like the E71, E72 and classic Blackberry handsets before it. The new touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Blackberry Torch 9800 is bigger, measuring 3.2 inches. It also boasts a superior resolution of 360 by 480 pixels. (1-3)


Under the hood, the 9800 uses a Marvell CPU, rated at 624MHz. It’s nothing to write home about. In comparison, the E5′s engine is a 600MHz ARM 11 processor. Symbian OS (Series 60) comes installed on the E5; the Blackberry Torch 9800 uses RIM’s Blackberry OS 6.0. Both lag equally far behind the fully-featured Apple and Android OSes. (1-3)


While the E5 only boasts 2GB, the Blackberry Torch 9800 comes with a better 8GB capacity as standard. The E5 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 32GB by replacing the 2GB card installed. A similar microSD slot on the Blackberry Torch 9800 can further boost the overall memory on RIM’s phone to 36GB. (1-4)

Battery life:

Charged to the max, the E5 weighs in with a massive 13.0 hours of talktime; the Blackberry Torch 9800 in comparison boasts a mere 5.8 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Nokia’s phone can last 635 hours, while RIM’s model boasts 336 hours. It’s no contest. This is a thumping win for the E5. Not that will change the overall verdict. (2-4)



In this category of phone, there’s usually little to get excited about in this final round. To prove my point, the E5 includes GPS/A-GPS with Ovi Maps and a stereo FM radio. The Blackberry Torch 9800 features GPS/A-GPS, geo-tagging and Blackberry Maps. (3-4)

The RIM Blackberry Torch 9800 wins!

Torch 9800 keyboard1 Nokia E5 vs. Blackberry Torch 9800   ReviewThe Blackberry Torch 9800 emerges as the winner of this fight (3-4). Despite the close nature of the scoreline, it’s a convincing win. The Torch has the best all-round camera features and the most memory out of the box. It also boasts a bigger, higher resolution display.

On the E5, the Symbian OS is sturdy if unspectacular. While the usability on the Torch is much improved with version 6.0 of the Blackberry OS, which includes a new customisable homescreen, integrated social and RSS feeds, enhanced web browsing and universal search functionality.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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