Difference Between Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II) and Blackberry Torch 9800

Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II) vs Blackberry Torch 9800 – Full Specifications Compared

Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II) and Blackberry Torch 9800 are comparable especially on the business applications, else they are two different designs altogether. Samsung Galaxy S2 is a thin (8.49mm) candy bar (the thinnest in the world by Q1 2011) with all high end features like 1 GHz dual core processor, 4.3 inch super AMOLED plus display, 8 MP camera dual LED flash, [email protected] video camcorder, 1 GB RAM, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and runs Android 2.3 with a new personalized UI. Galaxy S2 support the fast HSPA+ netwrok. The processor has the capacity to interface with 4G-LTE. The Blackberry Torch 9800 on the other hand is a new design from RIM and better hardware compared to its other models. It is a very elegant design with slide out QWERTY keypad and comes with the latest OS Blackberry 6 which promises to offer faster and richer browsing with pinch to zoom, smooth multitasking and an enhanced music player. Browsing is a better experience compared to other Blackberry phones that run OS 5, however it still lags behind when compared to many other phones with 1GHz and dual core processors. BB Torch 9800 is packed with 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen, 624 MHz processor, 5 MP camera with LED flash, 480p video camcorder, 512 MB RAM, 8GB internal memory and supports 3G-UMTS network. As a business friendly phone it has many useful applications.

Galaxy S II (or Galaxy S2)

Galaxy S II (or Galaxy S2) is the thinnest phone to date, measuring only 8.49 mm. It’s faster and gives better viewing experience than its predecessor Galaxy S. Galaxy S II is packed with 4.3″ WVGA Super AMOLED plus touch screen, Exynos chipset with 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 CPU and ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, 8 megapixels camera with LED flash, touch focus and [email protected] HD video recording, 2 megapixels front facing camera for video calling, 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory expandable with microSD card, Bluetooth 3.0 support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI out, DLNA certified, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, mobile hotspot capability and runs Android’s latest OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Android 2.3 is a major release to Android platform and has added many features while improving on some of the existing features in Android 2.2.

The super AMOLED plus display is highly responsive and has a better viewing angle than its predecessor. Samsung also introduces a new personalizable UX on Galaxy S2 which has a magazine style layout that selects the contents used most and displays on the homescreen. The live contents can be personalized. And the web browsing also improved to optimize Android 2.3 fully and you get a seamless browsing experience with Adobe Flash Player.

The additonal applications include Kies 2.0, Kies Air, AllShare, Voice Recognition & Voice Translation, NFC (Near Field Communication) and the native Social, Music and Games hub from Samsung. Game hub offers 12 social network games and 13 premium games including Gameloft’s Let Golf 2 and Real Football 2011.

Samsung in addtion to providing entertainment has more to offer the businesses. The entreprise solutions include Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, On Device Encryption, Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN, MDM (Mobile Device Management) and Cisco WebEx.

Blackberry Torch 9800

Blackberry Torch 9800 is a stylish new design with 3.2 inch capacitive multi-touch screen with optical trakpad and portrait oriented sliding full QWERTY Keyboard (keyboard is somewhat space optimized, but there are short keys for easy text input). The touch screen is better than the one used in Storm, it supports HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) resolution, very responsive and having a better viewing angle. The sliding mechanism also works smoothly. Browsing is a better experience with the new WebKit browser introduced with the Blackberry OS 6. It offers tabbed browsing, bookmark, RSS feed, and many more. The new OS 6 also gives a renewed look for the homescreens, it has introduced new hubs like people hub, social hub for easy access to applications, drag and drop feature to organize folders, pinch to zoom feature and delivers an excellent multitasking experience.

The other features of Blackberry Torch 9800 include 634 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM, good quality 5 MP camera with LED flash,  480p video camcorder, 8GB internal memory, support for memory expansion up to 32 GB with microSD card, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 and enhanced Blackberry music player. The performance of battery also improved, the rated talktime is up to 5.8 hours on 3G.

Blackberry has the legacy of being the business friendly phone and having the best basic phone features such as good call quality, fast and easy mailing and excellecnt messaging application, it continues to maintain that in Torch 9800 too.

Comparison of Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) vs Blackberry Torch 9800

 Design Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Form Factor Candy bar Slider - Vertical slide
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY with Swype QWERTY and multi-tap, landscape QWERTY and Slide-out QWERTY
Dimension 125.30 x 66.10 x 8.49 mm, 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm, open position height 148mm
Weight 116 g 161.1 g
Body Color Black Black
 Display Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Size 4.3 inches 3.2 inch
Resolution WVGA, 800×480 pixels HVGA 320 x 480
Features 16M color
Sensors Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer
 Operating System Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Platform Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) Blackberry OS 6
UI TouchWiz 4.0, Personalizable UI Blackberry
Browser Android WebKit, full HTML
Java/Adobe Flash Adobe Flash 10.2
 Processor Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Model Samsung Exynos, ARMv7 Dual-core, Mali-400MP GPU
Speed 1.2 GHz Dual-core
 Memory Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
RAM 1 GB 512 MB
Included 16 GB/32 GB 4 GB eMMC + 4 GB media card
Expansion Up to 32GB with microSD card microSD cards up to 32 GB
 Camera Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Resolution 8 Megapixel 5 Megapixel
Focus, Zoom Auto, Digital 2X Digital Zoom
Video Capture FullHD 1080p High Profile [email protected] HD
Features Geo tagging, Single Shot, Beauty Shot, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Action Shot, Cartoon Shot 11 scene modes, Image stabilisation
Secondary camera 2.0 megapixels VGA
 Entertainment Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Audio Sound Alive music player, File Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, AMR, WAV , FLAC, XMF, MID, MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis
Video 1080p@ 30fps, DivX, XviD, MPEG 4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1, Video streaming MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3
Gaming Game Hub, Let Golf 2, Real Football 2011
FM Radio Yes No
 Battery Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Type Capacity 1650 mAh Li-ion removable Li-ion 1300 mAh
Talktime 8 hours (3G), 18 hours 20 min (2G) Up to 5.5 hrs (GSM), 5.8 hrs (UMTS)
Standby 400 hours Up to 18days (GSM), 14 days (UMTS)
 Mail and Messaging Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Mail POP3/IMAP4 Email &, SMS, MMS with Video, Gmail, MS Exchange 10 Accounts, BB Mail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hot mail, Corporate mail
Messaging IM (Google Talk) , Beluga IM (Facebook) IM - BBM, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Enterprise instant messaging application, AOL, Yahoo
 Connectivity Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Direct, 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes No
Bluetooth v3.0 v2.1+EDR
USB 2.0 FS
HDMI Yes, HDMI mirroring up to 1080p
 Location Service Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Maps Google Maps Navigation - beta, Navigon BlackBerry Maps
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support A-GPS
Lost-Theft Protection Yes , with third party application ex: My Lookout
 Network Support Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
4G No No
 Applications Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Apps Android market, Samsung Apps, Google Goggle, Google Mobile App Blackberry App World 2.0
Social Networks Facebook, Twitter, SNS, Social Hub Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin, YouTube
Voice Calling Skype, Viber, Vonage
Video Calling Skype, Tango
Featured Vlingo - Voice Solution, Office Document Viewer, AllShare
 Business Mobility Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
Remote VPN Yes Yes
Corporate Mail Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync Yes with Blackberry Native Client
Corporate Directory Yes with CISCO Mobile App
Video Conferencing Yes with Cisco WebEx CISCO WebEX
 Security Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
  Password Protected Screen, Thirdparty mobile secure application like Lookout.
 Additional Features Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) Blackberry Torch 9800
  NFC, Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies Air, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, AllShare, Vlingo Voice Recognition & Voice Translation, On Device Encryption, Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN, MDM