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BlackBerry Torch 9800 vs. Samsung Epic 4G: Slider Showdown

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?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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Tom Miller

hile waiting for a sprint torch I have discovered a few things like how to make the OS 4 browser run faster. (See google) and how to load the regular linkedin login page (turn off styles) plus the tether app replaces my need for a seperate data phone line so I am beginning to wonder if I even want to up grade out of my curve.

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Jeff
Jeff

My wife and I are leaving TMO after 3 months of a nightmare with their customer service. Now we are going to AT&T just to get the blackberry torch we can't wait till they arrive we even got the new colors. As far as the torch being a bad phone come on people all phones are bad the first time around but wait and see. As my wife would tell you I'm never wrong I say wait for the new torch it's going to blow all other phones away just stop and think about it and you will agree

LJon
LJon

Just moved from BlackBerry to a Samsung Epic – thought it was going to be the right move. While i love the Apps. and the browser. i have to say the most important function of a smart phone for business is the ability to do e-mail. Thus far i have not been impressed by Epic. Swype is cool but I like to click away on a keyboard, this is why i got the Epic. keyboard lay out is good, but i have not figured out how to make the text i am writting larger and possibly the biggest issue is… Read more »

Mattemer
Mattemer

The Epic 4G has 1gig of ROM, and 512mb of RAM. Not 512mb ROM like reported in this article.

CRMPie
CRMPie

I have had an opportunity to spend some time with both of these devices and since no one has thrown in a vote for the BB Torch, I will tell you why it will be my phone of choice. The Torch is a complete rework of the BB experience the majority of the smartphone users in the marketplace have come to know over the years. The Samsung has a slightly faster browser (only a fraction of a second) and a superior camera in that it also shoots clean video. If you love wicked fun gadgetry – go with the Samsung… Read more »

tommy
tommy

I have been with my blackberry phone since 2006. They were the best at that moment. (Past) Rim thought that they had the cell phone market forever. They were mistaken. Rim saw others companies growing such as HTC, Samsung and did not do anything. Blackberry OS 5.0.0 was ok but no excellent. Rim should have come with this Torch phone 2 years ago. It would have been the best phone in 2008, now it is too late. EVO 4G is here, Droid X, Droid 2 is about to come out and my phone Samsung Epic as well. Two years ago… Read more »

ninagosaimas

This one would have been better if it has a front facing camera and wasn't released on an AT&T carrier only. Reactions to Blackberry Torch.

biblelit
biblelit

Blackber-who??
Blackberry has been a great business phone for me for years. And it used to be the ONLY business phone to choose. That simply is NOT the case any more. Now, a phone must be able to have supportable applications that will aid our work and life. Blackberry OS is simply NOT that Operating System. I am sure this phone is fine. It can't stack up to the EVO or this Epic. It is over for Blackberry… I say that with no pleasure. It is just the facts of our technological lives.

Maroot
Maroot

With either phone you have a 2 year commitment.
I'd rather spend 2 years with a phone that's easier to see the screen, use/type, flixible/upgradable, faster data speed and overall – cost to operate.
That only leads to one phone. And that is the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G. Period.

Joxsha

I am on ATT now with an Iphone and oh gosh does the experience suck! You call their customer service and THEY will tell you — dude its the phone, not the network so get a new phone and you should see better service than the spotty service you have been experiencing. I declined the free phone offer and will get the Epic when I switch to Sprint.

Mikey
Mikey

The Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G from Sprint is the right choice!!!!

Fozzyfoe
Fozzyfoe

The slide out keyboard looks very useful and the lcd is incredible. I like that Sansung developed their own CPU and GPU to out-perform the Droid X and iPhone (the reviews have confirmed this). In my view, I don't think the Sprint Epic 4G is missing much. It looks to be close to perfect especially due to receiving the OTA Froyo update soon. This is the phone for me. It has been real Blackberry but I have to move on to the next level of smartphone……..Android – Epic 4G. Later.

Fozzyfoe
Fozzyfoe

I currently have a Bold 9700 and have been using Blackberries since they cameout a long time ago. The problem has always been their multimedia experience. The 9700 is better with Flash support but the web browsing experience is just ok. ATT has a questionable network but they do offer the ability to web browse, email/text, and talk on the phone simultaneously. This is helpful from time to time. The phone just needs a lot more. The screen is too small, the lack of touch screen is limiting. So the addition of touch-screen is nice. I do however wish they… Read more »

Neil
Neil

The bb is on AT&T.
That means great things for the epic4g. I will be moving from att, which is horribly uncaring and has horrible unreliable service to sprint, which is a wild card (but cheap, at least). This is just for Cincinnati, but att made me take back my iPhone by not having adequate service!

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