The BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Samsung Captivate are both touch-screen mobile phones available for AT&T wireless users. The Torch also has a full keyboard you can access once you push up on the main screen. Since both phones run on AT&T's GSM network, you need to insert SIM cards for them to function properly. The Captivate came out in July of 2010, while the Torch was released one month later.
Size and Appearance
The Captivate is 4.18 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide and 0.39 inches thick. The phone weighs in at 4.5 oz. The Torch measures 4.37 inches tall, 2.44 inches wide and 0.57 inches thick. The Torch weighs 5.7 oz. The Torch is thicker and weighs more due to the full slide-out keyboard. The Captivate is available exclusively with a body style that blends black and gray. The Torch comes in black, white or dark orange.
Screen and Battery
The Captivate has an AMOLED display screen that measures 4 inches diagonally. The screen shows images at a resolution of 480 pixels by 800 pixels. The Torch has a TFT screen that is 3.2 inches diagonally. Screen resolution is 360 pixels by 480 pixels. Both screens show up to 16 million colors. The Captivate has a lithium ion battery that lasts up to 13 hours and 30 minutes of constant usage or one month on standby. The Torch lithium ion battery lasts up to five hours and 40 minutes of usage or 18 days on standby mode.
System and Storage
The Captivate runs on the Android 2.1 operating system and features a 1.0-GHz ARM processor. The phone also has 16GB of internal storage space and 512MB of RAM for virtual memory. With its microSD card slot, the Captivate has room for up to 32GB of total storage. The Torch uses the BlackBerry 6.0 operating system and has a 624-MHz processor. The Torch comes with 4GB of internal storage, though that number can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. The Torch also has 512MB of RAM.
Both the Captivate and Torch have 5.0-megapixel digital cameras with automatic focus and an LED flash. Maximum image resolution is 2,592 pixels by 1,944 pixels. The Captivate uses the Android Media Player for music and videos, while the Torch uses the BlackBerry Media Player. Both phones can connect to 3G Internet and Wi-Fi. The Torch also has a document viewer so you can look at documents made using Microsoft Office programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.