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Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

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Interestingly enough, the 5-megapixel auto-focus cameras on both handsets performed similarly to one another in almost every condition we captured photos in. It is a bit difficult to deduce which handset has the clear advantage, although it is clear that those who prefer sharper photos with more details would gravitate towards the BlackBerry Torch with its crisp and clear images. In the same time though, photos with the Torch come out a bit darker than those made with the DROID 2. Indoor shots with the Torch on the other hand are somewhat out of focus, that is until you turn on the flash, which lets you produce some quality indoor images. The DROID 2 does well as far as such photos go, although we founds its pics taken with the help of its flash to be muddy-looking.

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

The camera interface of the Motorola DROID 2


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

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Shooting videos though go to the DROID 2 due to its higher 720 x 480 resolution and smoother capture rate of 29fps. When comparing it to the Torch, they looked extremely smooth with plenty of detail – that's because the Torch's videos are limited to VGA (640 x 480) resolution and 24fps capture rate. However, we do like how the Torch offers an anti-shake mode to minimize the sometimes jerky movements of our hands while recording. Nonetheless, video happy individuals will probably gravitate towards the DROID 2 solely for its better performance.

Motorola DROID 2 sample video at 720x480 pixels resolution.
RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.

With its blazing fast processor in tow, we're presented with a visually appealing gallery app on the DROID 2 which provides for some 3D like effects when viewing your media content. On the other hand, the Torch resorts to the usual looking grid-style layout for its media content, but fortunately functions perfectly in the end – so there's no clear advantage between the two. You'll be able to change the orientation of photos with both, but the DROID 2 packs an additional host of editing functions that blows away what the Torch has to offer – making it the favorite choice for those who prefer to edit their photos on the go.

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The Gallery app of Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

The Gallery app of Motorola DROID 2

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Gallery of the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Visually, there's nothing you wouldn't expect out of the music players found on the two smartphones, but surprisingly, the Torch garners some attention thanks to its coverflow-esque presentation. Naturally you'll be presented to common things like the album cover, on-screen controls, and pertinent information regarding the song in play. However, moving about songs on the Torch is much more in line with some of the polished looking music players found on other handsets; such as the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S. However, there is a visualization offered on the DROID 2 which will display some neat effects to the beat of songs. Both offer a variety of equalizer settings to appropriately cater to specific genres of music, but we find the DROID 2 to produce stronger and sharper tunes from its speaker. Regardless of that, the Torch's speaker is still able to emit decent tones that are more than audible for anyone to hear.

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Motorola DROID 2 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

This is one area where the Motorola DROID 2 clearly showcases its supreme processing ability since it doesn't stutter one bit when playing videos. Of course both will handle videos in lower resolution with no problems, but the Torch is plagued with laggy performance issues when we tried playing a video encoded in MPEG-4 640 x 480 resolution – audio wasn't close to being in-sync with the video. Undoubtedly, the 1GHz processor on the DROID 2 easily played the same exact video, but in 1280 x 720 resolution, without any problems at all. Not only was it very smooth, but you can gather that it didn't pose any problem for the handset. And to add to its stature, its sharp looking and larger display made it more conducive to watching videos.

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BlackBerry Torch - Video playback - Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

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