RIM announced to the world today their latest handset, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This is not your usual BlackBerry handset; it is like a hybrid to them, as it incorporates a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen. RIM will have some tough competition in this market as they have lined themselves up to go head-to-head with the Samsung Epic 4G, so who will win this slider showdown?
If I were a betting man I would say that Samsung would win out, I am not saying there is anything wrong with the new BlackBerry device, but the Epic has two things going for it — Android mobile OS and Sprint 4G data speeds. However, the Torch will be on AT&T and will benefit from a huge advertising campaign.
This is something that will not happen with the Epic as it is part of the Galaxy S range and all four carriers have their own variants — this means that none of the carriers will want to start a huge advertising campaign.
Let us compare the specs from the two handsets; the Torch 9800 has a 3.2-inch screen compared to the 4-inch display on the Epic 4G. Both handsets offer a 5-megapixel camera; again the Samsung handset has the edge with 720p video recording.
Both handsets come with 512 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM and MicroSD card slots for extra storage. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 comes with BB OS 6, where the Samsung Epic 4G comes with Android 2.1, although will get the 2.2 Froyo update in the fall.
On paper the Epic looks to be the better phone, but it is down to you, so what will you choose?