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Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

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Interface and Functionality:

Despite packing a 624MHz processor, which might look on paper as quaint versus the 1GHz chip found inside of the DROID 2, the Torch actually does a good job in terms of performance. Actually, both handsets provide for a smooth and responsive platform experience that will suffice almost anyone out there – especially when there is barely any wait when launching apps. And it's obvious that they both showcase the latest version of their respective platforms; BlackBerry OS 6 and Android 2.2 Froyo. You can gauge that RIM is trying to attract an audience outside of its bread and butter category of business users with the platform's focus on being touch and social networking friendly. Still, Android 2.2 on the DROID 2 definitely has the advantage in terms of  personalization since you can utilize live wallpapers, add different widgets, and its tight integration of social networking. Although BlackBerry OS 6 is still in its infancy, there are still additional refinements needed for the platform to catapult it enough to attract new users.

The interface of the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
The interface of the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
The interface of the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

The interface of the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
The interface of the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
The interface of the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Seeing that social networking plays an essential role with almost everyone, it's easy to see how the DROID 2 does a better job in keeping you in the loop with your friends. Not only will you have widgets that will display tweets and Facebook statuses in rotation, but the official applications for Facebook and Twitter are more refined than the ones seen on the Torch. However, you can tell that RIM has finally adopted the importance of this growing trend with their “social feeds” app which aggregates all of your accounts in one centralized hub. As for the official social networking apps for BlackBerry OS 6, they offer some of the essential basics, but sometimes require more trips to launching the web browser for other functions.

Social networking options on the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Social networking options on the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Social networking options on the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Social networking on the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Social networking on the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Social networking on the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Social networking on the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Setting up email is definitely a breeze with the Torch, as it should seeing it's a BlackBerry, since it automatically sets up all of our accounts with simply requiring only an email address and password. The DROID 2 also makes email setup a breeze with the usual process, but unlike the Torch, it requires additional pieces of information to fully set up a custom email account. However, there's no arguing that the Android powered DROID 2 presents the most satisfying Gmail experience as it's able to accomplish a host of functions you typically see on a desktop. But to tell you the truth, email handling on both handsets is more than satisfactory.

Thanks to the extra real estate that the DROID 2 exhibits, it makes for an easier typing experience when using the on-screen keyboards. We just find the multi-touch enabled keyboards on both to replicate that true keyboard feel, but the Swype keyboard option on the DROID 2 also works fantastically after some practice. It's not to say that the Torch's on-screen keyboard is bad, but you can easily gauge that it's a bit more cramped due to its smaller screen. However, they're both equally responsive when typing away very quickly – so you won't ever miss a beat.

QWERTY keyboards of the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
QWERTY keyboards of the Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

On-screen keyboards of the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
On-screen keyboards of the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
On-screen keyboards of the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
On-screen keyboards of the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800


One thing that may be holding back the Torch from attracting more users is the lack of BlackBerry OS 6 support for some applications that are otherwise found on the older build of the platform. However, we'll eventually start to see more and more apps hit the App World storefront which should hopefully get users back in tune with some of their favorite and most widely used apps. When it comes down to Android, there is no denying the rapid rise in app availability since its inception and continues to deliver some top notch offerings to its arsenal. The nice feature we find with the Android Market is that it'll allow you to reinstall previously purchased apps to a newer device. As it stands right now, there is an aggressive development of apps that can be seen with Android – which should continually rise with the latest build of the platform.


Internet and Connectivity:

RIM finally decided to take the plunge with a WebKit based browser for the Torch, but it still pales in comparison to the refined stock Android web browser on the DROID 2. Of course, you're treated to common features like multi-touch support, double tap to zoom in/out, the ability to open multiple windows, and of course some smooth scrolling rates. However, the DROID 2 does a lot better job in pretty much all categories as there is some spotty evidence with the Torch's rendering times – it just doesn't do it as instantaneously as the DROID 2. Although they're both still more than usable, the Motorola DROID 2 easily takes the cake in this category due to the fact that it has support for Flash 10.1 – giving it that true-to-life desktop feel. It's a nice first attempt for RIM on the Torch, but the innovation and depth of Android's web browser can clearly be felt on the DROID 2.

The web browser of Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
The web browser of Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
The web browser of Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
The web browser of Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Surfing the web with the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Surfing the web with the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Surfing the web with the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800
Surfing the web with the RIM BlackBerry  Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Since the BlackBerry Torch offers quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and UMTS (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) connectivity, it is easily the choice for global travelers. On the flip side, the DROID 2 packs a dual-band (800/1900 MHz) CDMA radio with 3G speeds courtesy of EV-DO revision  A, so you'll be limited to using it domestically. As for other wireless options, both feature Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, the latter of which can be seen as beneficial to the DROID 2 which would allow data connectivity abroad. Additionally, the DROID 2 has support for Mobile HotSpot which enables it to share its 3G connection with other connected devices via Wi-Fi.

The Motorola DROID 2 includes an 8GB microSD card with its packaging, while the BlackBerry Torch 9800 has a paltry 4GB of microSD card. Luckily, both can accepts cards up to 32GB in capacity to satisfy the needs of media heavy users.

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