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Cell Phone Comparisons
BlackBerry Torch vs. Samsung Captivate

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August 18th, 2010


Key Differences

  • Operating system: The Torch 9800 is the first device to tout BlackBerry OS 6, the highly anticipated latest bake of BlackBerry’s mobile operating system.  OS 6 offers a number of enhancements over previous BlackBerry operating systems, including a dramatically improved desktop-like web browser,  enhanced media interface, close integration with social networks, a revamped homescreen and more.  The Samsung Captivate is powered by Google’s Android operating system.  The Android OS is characterized by a number of features including a tremendous number of applications and the ability to customize multiple homescreens with widgets.  Certainly, there are many differences between the two powerful operating systems that are beyond the scope of this relatively succinct comparison. Of course, the decision between the two operating systems is one of personal preference — and perhaps a decision easily swayed by familiarity with one operating system or the other. Familiarity aside, both operating systems offer a great user experience and are easy to learn no matter what device you may have had in the past.
  • Power: Equipped with a 624 MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the most powerful BlackBerry to date.  Armed with a 1GHz processor in addition to 512MB of RAM, however, the Samsung Captivate is a more powerful, faster device. The power differential between the two devices won’t be readily noticeable in most routine operations including email and text messaging, but power users may be swayed by the Captivate’s superior horsepower.
  • Display: The BlackBerry Torch offers a crisp and mid-sized touchscreen display (3.2″, 360 x 480 pixels). The Torch’s display is responsive, and provides multitouch support for uses including pinch-to-zoom. The Samsung Captivate offers a large and vibrant 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480×800 pixels).  While both displays are crisp and at the higher end of the smart phone spectrum, the Captivate’s is larger, higher resolution, and more vibrant than that of the Torch.
  • Camera: Both the Torch and the Captivate offer impressive 5-megapixel on-board cameras with autofocus.  The BlackBerry Torch, however, offers an LED flash for shots in low light while the Captivate is flash-less.  Although both phones are capable of recording video, the Captivate offers significantly better video recording quality (HD; 720P) than that the Torch.
  • Keyboard: The Samsung Captivate offers a capable virtual (on-screen) QWERTY keyboard as well as pre-installed Swype technology for super-fast typing. The BlackBerry Torch, however, offers a fantastic physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard reminiscent of that found on the BlackBerry Bold 2.  Users preferring a physical QWERTY keyboard will likely favor the Torch over the Captivate.
  • Storage space: Right out of the box, the BlackBerry Torch offers 8GB of total storage space for music, photos and videos (4GB on-board and pre-installed 2GB microSD card). With 16GB of on-board storage space, the captivate offers twice the storage space of the Torch.  Both devices can support up to a 32GB microSD card.
  • Wirefly’s cost: At the time of this comparison, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is $99.99 with a new AT&T account and the same price for existing upgrade-eligible subscribers. The Samsung Captivate is $49.99 with a new AT&T account, and $99.99 for upgrading customers.

Side-By-Side Comparison

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Samsung Captivate
BlackBerry Torch 9800 Samsung Captivate
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Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $99.99 $49.99
Carrier AT&T AT&T
Operating System BlackBerry OS 6 Android 2.1
Display 3.2″, 360 x 480 Pixels 4″, 480 x 800 Pixels, AMOLED
Data Speed 3G 3G
Global Roaming Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 3.0
Mobile Hotspot No No
Camera 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 5-megapixel, autofocus
Front-facing Camera No No
Video Capture Yes; Up to 640×480 pixels Yes; HD up to 720P
HD Output None None
Apps BlackBerry App World Android Market
Adobe Flash Support No Adobe Flash Lite
Storage Space 4 GB on-board; 4 GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB card) 16GB on board; support for up to 32GB card
Keyboard Physical slide-out QWERTY & virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery Up to 5.5 hours talk time; up to 400 hours standby Up to 5.83 hours talk time; up to 340 hours standby
Processor 624 MHz
ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird, 1000 MHz
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512 MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.68 oz 4.16 oz
Dimensions 2.44″ x 4.37″ x 0.57″ 2.53″ x 4.82″ x 0.39″

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12 Responses to “BlackBerry Torch vs. Samsung Captivate”

  • lance
    May 15, 2011

    i first got the captivate and tried it out wasn’t too sure so i had the focus sent to me was a very cool phone till i bought one xbox live game played for awhile phone got so hot when someone called it was to hot to put to my ear this problem then progressed even tho i stopped playin the game kept gettin hot and freezing up you think the captivate is laggy its nothing compared to the focus anyway the point is i went to at&t and got the captivate back there is nothing that could make me go back to the focus after i seen how many reviews are online about it getting hot so i know it wasnt just mine however i still have the torch in my eyes if i switched to anything that would ve it

  • The captivate always freezes on me, the torch email is actually faster than the captivate, yeah fun stuff multimedia stuff is better on the captivate but now with my business the torch is more practical. I do like the swype keyboard on the captivate but I love the qwerty physical keyboard on the torch! It just comes down to personal preference…can the torch be overclocked?

  • Good review, however there is a key stat thats missing. BATTERY LIFE! I have the Captivate now, and the phone is nearly unusable to me because I have to savor every single drop of battery. I am a power user and I have rooted my phone and flashed various roms for maximum battery life, however I still only get about 10 hours of battery on a normal day. Yes, the comparison between the battery life is similar, but Android OS uses ssooo much more juice than BB’s. And on top of that the super amoled just kills the battery, and for that reason I am heavily considering switching to the torch.

    • This is soo soo true, when I saw that I said no no no not true stats about the battery life. I have both phones and the torch scorches the captivate in the battery life comparison!

    • This is so true, when I saw that I said no no no not true stats about the battery life. I have both phones and the torch scorches the captivate in the battery life comparison!

  • tazsugs
    April 4, 2011

    torch does not yet have the adobe flash player needed to play ALOT of the cool video out there,im switching to captivate asap….ps they dont have any idea when the flashplayer will be available .

  • Robert Haskins sr
    February 6, 2011

    what are the monthly charges for a black barry if I update ?

    • You should contact Wirefly at 800-552-9000 to ask your question. You will get the best answer considering the information available on that day.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  • Brad Pitt
    December 25, 2010

    I have owned the blackberry tour 9630, bold 9650, torch 9800, and now samsung captivate, there is ABSOLUTELY NO COMPARISON between the captivate and the torch. Honestly, it would be like comparing a brand new top-of-the-line pc with a fisher childs toy computer. I was biased towards BB prior to switching phones, but after seeing that the captivate does soooo many more things better than the blackberry, than the blackberry does better than the captivate, I have realized that the above comparison is 100% true. BB torch is FAR inferior phone. If you have ANY doubt, get the captivate and see. Oh, btw, I am not really mentioning the operating systems as OS6 is very very good (I prefer Android now). The Samsung Captivate (in particular the galaxy s series) are quite possibly THE BEST phones of 2010. Check them out…

    • Thank you for you review Brad. I have a Samsung Captivate and i’ve had it for about 3 months now and I totally love it. I don’t why but i was thinking of switching to the Torch 9800. But after what you’ve said, I guess i’ll stick with the Captivate for a little more longer. I’m a technology nut so i pretty much switch phones a lot.

    • Lisa Melville
      January 19, 2011

      What about the Samsung Focus and the Captivate? What’s the difference?

      • The Samsung Focus runs the Windows Phone 7 operating system, while the Captivate runs Android 2.1. Samsung’s hardware for both phones is similar – both phones have a 4-inch AMOLED display, for example. Windows Phone 7 is a nice operating system that is smooth and friendly. Android probably has a longer learning curve than Windows Phone 7, but Android is more customizable.

        There are some hardware differences. Probably the biggest is that both come with 16GB of built-in storage for your files. However, the Captivate has a microSD memory card slot for expansion, while the Focus does not have a memory card slot. This expansion possibility (the Captivate ships with a 2GB microSD card) may or may not be of interest to you.

        Hope that helps!


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