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While there are many things we could compare while doing an apples-to-apples comparison. But at a high-level here is what Torch seem to have missed.
- Most popular smartphones have a 1 GHz processor; BlackBerry Torch‘s 624 MHz processor from Marvel makes it look weak. Some reviews have suggested that the device would have sluggish performance because of the processor.
- Blackberry Torch has 480-by-360-pixel resolution. This looks looks low compared to the latest smartphone’s standards. Apple iPhone 4 has 960 x 640 screen, it is called Retina Display, since it has pixels so small the eye can’t see them.
- Blackberry Torch is promoted as the ‘Best Blackberry ever’. However, analysts feel that with a new version of the BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 6, Torch adds many touch-friendly features that are already available on most other touch-screen smart phones in the market today. The smartphone has a 3.2-inch touchscreen display.
- RIM is advertising multimedia as a major feature in Blackberry Torch. The company has also revamped the user interface for music, video, and photos in Blackberry 6 OS. However, still, Blackberry Torch comes with a 4 GB of internal storage and 4 GB MicroSD card. That means users will have to buy additional memory to save all their music or other data. Where as Apple iPhone 4has two offerings of 16GB and 32 GB memory, which clearly beats the new BlackBerry device which offers a total of just 8GB memory.
- Blackberry phones are considered to be the perfect choice for business travelers, which demands for a good and longer battery life. However, Blackberry Torch’s 1,300 mAHr battery, which provides 5.5 hours of GSM talk time, is only at par with Droid Incredible. Blackberry Bold 9700 too provides six hours of talk time, and 38 hours of music playback, compared to 30 hours for the Torch.
- There is no front-facing camera in Blackberry Torch. This means no option for video conferencing. Also, there’s no HDMI output feature. Apple’s iPhone has a front-facing camera.
- Gaming has become a crucial part of smartphone’s selling features. Analysts believe that with Blackberry Torch and Blackberry 6 OS, RIM was so busy playing catch-up on key features that it failed to see what the other major smartphone makers are working on next on the gaming front.
- Blackberry Torch 9800 is also the first device from RIM to have the new BlackBerry App World store pre-installed. However, BlackBerry App World offers just 7,000 apps, while Apple’s App Store offers a whopping 250,000 applications.