How does the Samsung Tocco Lite compare to the Blackberry Torch 9800? One is finding success as a low-cost touchscreen alternative to the big-hitting smartphones. The other combines a touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard. Which one would we buy?
The popular Tocco Lite lacks both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity (but makes up for it in other areas). What it does have is Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Blackberry Torch 9800, meanwhile, is more up-to-date and comes packing 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. (0-1)
Size & Weight:
As for size and weight, there’s not much between the two – the Tocco Lite is 104.0 x 53.0 x 11.9mm, the underpowered Blackberry Torch 9800 is 111.0 x 62.0 x 14.6mm. The Tocco Lite is the more compact handset. If weight is an issue, then the Blackberry Torch 9800 is a hefty 161g, while Samsung’s phone is a surprisingly lightweight 93g. (1-1)
The Tocco Lite’s 3.15 MP lens features very few goodies, so you’ll have to make do with smile detection and QVGA video capture. Photos taken with the camera will have a max resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.
The Blackberry Torch 9800 impresses with a better camera, which has a resolution of 5.0 Megapixels and includes auto-focus, image stabilization, an LED flash, 2x digital zoom and VGA video capture. Photos enjoy a full resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It’s no contest. (1-2)
The Tocco Lite boasts a basic touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring 3.0 inches across the diagonal and delivering a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is 155.333. Not great. But this is a budget phone.
The touch-sensitive LCD on the Blackberry Torch 9800 is bigger, measuring 3.2 inches. With 172800 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 187.5 pixels per inch. The Torch also boasts a neat, slide-out QWERTY keyboard for more precise and speedy data entry. (1-3)
Samsung’s own OS with the Touchwiz 1.0 UI runs on the Tocco Lite. While the Blackberry Torch 9800 debuted Blackberry OS 6.0, featuring a new customisable homescreen, integrated social and RSS feeds, enhanced web browsing and universal search. (1-4)
The Blackberry Torch 9800 boasts 8GB of memory compared to the default 50MB capacity of the Tocco Lite. The Tocco Lite also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 16GB. The Blackberry Torch 9800′s overall capacity can be increased to 36GB via its microSD memory card slot. The Torch is piling on the points. (1-5)
What about talktime and battery life? The Tocco Lite weighs in with an impressive 10.0 hours of talktime. In comparison, the Blackberry Torch 9800 boasts only 5.8 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Samsung’s phone can last 600 hours, while RIM’s model boasts 336 hours. The points belong to the Tocco Lite here. But it’s too little, too late… (2-5)
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.
The Tocco Lite has very few extras beyond a stereo FM radio with RDS. The Blackberry Torch 9800 easily grabs the point in this final round, thanks to the presence of GPS/A-GPS and Blackberry Maps. (2-6)
The RIM Blackberry Torch 9800 wins!
Put the Samsung Tocco Lite up against some of the bigger name phones and its limitations are cruelly exposed.
The Blackberry Torch 9800 wins this battle easily, punching the Tocco down with the best OS, the highest-spec camera, the most memory and a great display/keyboard combo. Given the choice, we’d go for the Blackberry Torch despite its less than stellar battery life.
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