Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Calling quality can go both ways since there is no evidence of any static noise using the Torch, while on the DROID 2, it can faintly be heard in the background – but doesn't pose too much of an annoyance. Callers said that our voice sounded crystal clear on their end when we used the Torch, but it sounded somewhat choppy with the DROID 2, however, its earpiece was noticeably much louder than what the Torch's earpiece emitted. Switching over to the speakerphone, it was also clear that the DROID 2 produces some audible and sharp tones, but the Torch had muffled sounding voices. Needless to say, both devices do a decent job with calling quality since we were still able to get through conversations without many problems or the need for repetitions.
Signal strength wasn't an issue for either smartphones seeing that we didn't experience any dropped calls or major fluctuations with bars during our test in the greater Philadelphia region.
You'll be happy to know that both handsets will provide for at least one solid day of normal usage before requiring a recharge, but from our experience, it looks like the Torch has a very small edge in this area. The Torch employs a 1300 mAh battery while the DROID 2 has a larger 1400 mAh one, but there isn't too much of a variance in actual usage. However, we did see that the Torch had more juice going into the next day – but it still would prove to be beneficial to recharge it. Nevertheless, we'd recommend to have a charger on hand if you're a bit more heavy with your smartphone.
From the looks of it, the Motorola DROID 2 is packing more heat in its gun barrel than the BlackBerry Torch 9800 – especially when it feels like the more compelling device between the two. Although the Torch brings forth a totally new form factor not seen out of RIM's camp before and a rebooted platform, it still doesn't offer the fine qualities found on the DROID 2. Not only does the DROID 2 have a solid construction that makes it feel well justified at the $199.99 on-contract price, it's actually Android that substantially widens the gap between the two handsets. Sure BlackBerry OS 6 is still in its early stages, but it doesn't completely shed the look and feel of its previous iteration to call it refreshing enough. Instead, OS 6 is only catching up to the level that Android saw itself when it first came rolling onto the scene – which is evident with their switch to finally employing a WebKit based browser. And when you see that the Torch is priced evenly with the DROID 2, it doesn't provide for a compelling argument to overlook the DROID 2 and side with the Torch. As the dust slowly settles, it's not only clear that the DROID 2 stands tall amidst the heap, but we find the Torch unable to repel the relentless force emitted by this latest-generation Android device.
Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800:
1. mbabasmrtphnz (unregistered)
i liked this a lot. great review. id love to see the palm pre plus (gsm version) vs. the torch see that they have a similar form factor. that would be interesting.
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1230; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
The palm is so old now but would still probably win especially cuz of the price tag it has: free!
3. testman22 (Posts: 338; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
Its nice to see phone arena is picking clear winners in these battles
4. DroidCLH (unregistered)
I'll save you the trouble, Droid 2 Wins because the torch is using a screen from 2005 and processor from 2008.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
So while the Torch's response time, when up and running, is all well and good, I'm curious: does it still take ten minutes to power up like every other Blackberry phone in the history of ever?
9. RT @jimmyontheradio (unregistered)
I have a Torch and that was a worry, but it powers up very quickly, unlike past BBs.
6. Concerned (unregistered)
Great Phone! However, can you be completely sure that Motorola won't leave you with an obsolete phone by denying you an OS upgrade in no time?
7. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)
They just updated the Droid 1 to 2.2 and that phone came out almost a year ago...
8. phonebunny (unregistered)
Seriously the best review I've seen in a very long time. No bias, clear and clean categories and definite conclusion. Nice job!!!
10. RT @jimmyontheradio (unregistered)
I kinda figured I knew where this review was headed, but I like that both sides are heard out. I've been fortunate enough to use both the Torch and the Droid 2 and I would say I am a little torn, myself. I wish RIM would put something out with the memory and processing speed of any Droid. I love RIM's OSes - they're just so crisp with little to no flaws. Everything makes sense after you play with it enough, plus the Torch keyboard is just the best I've ever used. I don't like the apps running in the background of the Droid. That is and will be my main gripe about the Droid until there's a permanent solution. You'll be happier with either phone, but if you aren't in a huge city, go with Verizon since they have coverage everywhere. AT&T lacks in you aren't in NYC or San Fran.