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Motorola DROID 2 vs RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

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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.


Conclusion:

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.


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