BlackBerry Torch 9810 vs BlackBerry Torch 9800

Vs Paul Briden 18:15, 5 Aug 2011

The new BlackBerry Torch 9810 aims to outdo the Torch 9800. We take a look to see if it’s successful.

We see how RIM’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 stacks up against the Torch 9800.

Form:

BlackBerry Torch 9800 - 111 x 62 x 14.5mm, 161g

BlackBerry Torch 9810 - 111 x 62 x 14.5mm, 161g

Visually there’s virtually no difference between the 9800 and the new 9810. It’s pretty much exactly the same shell stuffed with new internal hardware.

That's fine by us - we love the looks of the Torch as it’s very sleek, very modern and a bit different from the status quo.

It’s quite a sharp, angular design overall but the top and bottom of the device have a sort of tapered, chiselled curvature to them which we feel works very well.

Both models hide a portrait-oriented slide-out Qwerty keyboard, a nice touch in our view as, where possible, we’ll take keys over touchscreen for any serious texting.

Winner - Draw

Display:

The 9800 has a 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution at 360x480 pixels and a pixel density of 187 pixels-per-inch (PPI).

In terms of control features there’s multi-touch input and an optical track-pad.

The overall scale of the 9810 hasn’t changed drastically from the 9800 the screen size is and identical 3.2-inches.

The resolution has been cranked up a notch though and now comes in at 480x640 pixels. Pixel density has also received a significant boost to a hefty 250ppi.

The rest of the display features remain more or less the same as its predecessor.

There may only be a couple of changes to the 9800’s starting point but they’re substantial enough to make a world of difference.

You’re getting a much sharper and clearer image on the 9810’s updated display which easily makes it our preferred choice here.

Winner - BlackBerry Torch 9810

Storage:

With 4GB of internal space the 9800 always seemed adequate More would be nice, sure, but we find it difficult to complain as this is a perfectly usable quantity.

However, the 9810 has only gone and doubled this to 8GB, which makes us very happy indeed.

RAM has also seen an increase. The 9800 could quite happily boast not only 512MB of RAM but the same again in ROM.

The 9810 has ditched the additional ROM, instead opting for 768MB of RAM and this is a much better setup.

Both phones offer the same support for Micro SD cards up to 32GB and the 9800 comes with a 4GB card in the standard package, should you need more storage.

The 9810 takes this one home easily.

Winner - BlackBerry Torch 9810

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