Difference Between BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Torch 9800

BlackBerry Bold 9780 vs Torch 9800

BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Torch 9800 are both BlackBerry OS 6 devices. BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the Research In Motion’s (RIM) latest addition to its BlackBerry Smartphone family. It is the first Torch version with touch screen and slide out QWERTY keyboard. Bold 9780 is the latest edition of the BlackBerry Bold Smartphones. Both devices are powered by BlackBerry OS 6.

Torch 9800

Torch 9800 has incorporated the large touch screen design of the Storm and the physical full QWERTY keyboard of Bold in to its new design. It has 3.2″ capacitive HVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 360pixels and more memory, 8GB internal memory, expandable with microSD card up to 32GB, 512MB RAM and a decent 5.0 MP camera . The Built in Wi-Fi supports 802.11n, which enables three times faster connectivity. (802.11b/g – 54 Mbps; 802.11n – 150 Mbps). Torch 9800 takes the best advantage of OS 6 multi-touch feature, which is missing in Bold 9780. It also takes much shorter time to power on.

Outside this technicality, the first impression of the phone is also very pleasing with its wet look and nice finish.

Bold 9780

Bold 9780 is a candy bar design with 2.4″ TFT LCD screen. Not much deviation from BlackBerry’s classic design. But the screen has a higher PPI compared to Torch 9800; 247 vs. 187, which gives crisper display of text and graphics. The other features are: 512MB RAM + 2GB media card, built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, the same 5.0MP camera.

Torch9800 vs Bold 9780

The same processor is used in both with 624 MHz speed, which is slow, compared to the other devices in the market; they come with 1GB processors. Both are powered by latest operating system BlackBerry OS 6 which is easy to set up and user friendly. See more details about BlackBerry OS 6 in the box. Both devices have 5.0MP camera and secondary camera for video calling is something missing.

What is the difference?

Torch 9800 has:

  • Large capacitive touch screen with slide-out QWERTY keyboard 3.5” vs 2.4”
  • Faster Wi-Fi connectivity with 802.11n
  • Larger internal memory 8GB compared to 2GB in Bold 9780
  • Multi-touch feature in the screen supported by OS 6
  • Featured Applications such as: PrimeTime2Go and Kobo eReaders

Bold 9780 has:

  • Crispier text and graphic display
  • More sleek in hand, less bulky; 4.3 oz vs 5.68 oz
  • Stronger battery life
Blackberry OS 6 is enhanced with the following features on top of its existing feature list from previous software:(1) Customized and Organised new home screen menu with customised add option of other menu items.

(2) Introducing two quick access areas,

a. One quick access area to manage connections, alarms and option screens.

b. Other quick access area on home screen is to enable access to most recent messages such as emails, SMS, BBM (Blackberry Messenger), Phone calls, upcoming appointments and facebook and twitter notifications.

(3) Introduces Universal Search Application to perform searches internally in the handset as well as web searches.

(4) Blackberry OS 6 Browser – Faster Browsing than ever before

a. New Start Page – Its implemented with a single URL entry box and Search entry box to enable user fast browsing

b. Tabbed Browsing – Enables user to browse multiple pages and keep tracking of open tabs.

c. Social feeds integration and option menu – Enable RSS feeds better than earlier versions and in browser options unnecessary options are automated and really wanted options are made available for users.

d. View Content Made Easy – Zoom of content is made easy and perfect by introducing multi touch in touch screen models. Its possible in normal models as well.

(5) Enhanced Media Player introduced.

RIM has integrated some featured applications such as Bloomberg, WebEx and Evernote to both devices, and Torch 9800 has much more to offer such as PrimeTime2Go and Kobo eReaders.

With PrimeTime2Go for just $9.99/month you can download the hottest TV shows from leading networks and cable channels such as NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, ComedyCentral, and Discovery Channel directly to your BlackBerry phone.

Blackberry Bold 9780

Blackberry Bold 9780

Blackberry Torch 9800

Blackberry Torch 9800

Specification Bold 9780 Torch 9800
Display 2.4” LCD

480 x 360 pixels

16-bit colour

light sensitive

user-selectable font size

3.2″ TFT capacitive touch screen

HVGA , 480 x 360pixels

16M colours

light sensitive

Proximity sensor

user-selectable font size

Size and Weight 4.29” x 2.36” x 0.56”

4.3 oz

4.37” x 2.44” x 0.57” (closed)

Open height 5.83”

5.68 oz

Design Candy Bar Slider
Keyboard Full QWERTY keyboard with optical trackpad Touch screen with on-screen keyboard and multi-tap, landscape QWERTY with opticall trackpadSlide out QWERTY
Battery & Battery Life

Talk time

Standby time

Playback music

1500 mAh Li-ion

up to 6 hrs (GSM & UMTS)

up to 22 days (GSM)

up to 17 days (UMTS)

up to 36 hrs

1300 mAh Li-ion

up to 5.5 hrs (GSM)

up to 5.8 hrs (UMTS)

up to 18 days (GSM)

up to 14 days (UMTS)

up to 30 hrs, 6 hrs (video)

Camera 5.0MP, 2x digital zoom

Autofocus with flash

Video recording@176 x 144 pixels (QCIF), 352 x 480 pixels

5.0MP, 2x digital zoom

Autofocus with flash

Video recording@176 x 144 pixels (QCIF), 352 x 480 pixels

Memory 512MB RAM

2GB media card

microSD card slot for expansion


4GB eMMC + 4GB media card

microSD card slot for expansion up to 32GB

Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11b/g

Bluetooth v2.1

Wi-Fi  802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth v2.1

Colour Black, White Black, White, Dark Orange
Carrier Network 3G:  tri-band HSDPA 2100/1900/850 MHz

UMTS: tri-band 2100/1900/850/800 MHz and 2100/1700/900 MHz

GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G:  tri-band HSDPA 2100/1900/850 MHz

UMTS: tri-band 2100/1900/850/800 MHz and 2100/1700/900 MHz

GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Featured Applications Bloomberg, WebEX, Evernote BB App World, eBay, BBM, BeejiveIM, Flicker, Dragon(email), Pandora, Crunch SMS, Netflix, iheartradio, Fixter