New Entrants Clash: Blackberry Torch vs. Droid 2 vs. Epic 4G

This article talks about the increasing competition in the global handset manufacturing and mobile application development arena and compares the three latest entrants in the mobile handset market for their pros and cons. The world of mobile application development and mobile handset manufacturing has seen rapid development in the recent times with the inception of state-of-the-art smartphones. BlackBerry application development, Android application development, iPhone application development, etc. all have left no stone unturned to garner a share of this market pie. The latest smartphone handsets to hit the mobile market are the BlackBerry Torch, Motorola Droid 2 and the Samsung Epic 4G.

Processing power wise, the Droid 2 and Epic 4G fare on equal stands with a 1 GHz processor which is as good as it gets with other smartphones available in the market today. The BlackBerry Torch disappoints here as it is slower and by some margin too. At 624 MHz it is nothing more than the previous edition of Droid. The Droid 2 and the Epic 4G run on the state-of-the-art Android operating system from Google. The Droid 2 has a plus as it incorporates the latest version of Android i.e.: v2.2 which makes it exciting from the point of view of Android application development. This version of the Android operating system also promises big upgrades on the security, authentication and other features. The Torch will have at its heart, the spanking new BlackBerry OS 6 that imbues cutting edge features such as a Webkit-based browser, social networking and a much simpler home screen. Android may be the latest buzzword but it still has some major catching up to do on the security front which is why for the security aficionado, the BlackBerry will still be an automatic choice.

The Samsung Epic 4G has the largest touch screen at 4 inches followed by the Droid 2 at 3.7 inches and the Torch at 3.2 inches. The screen resolutions of the Droid 2 and the Epic 4G are similar at 480×800 but the Blackberry can only muster a screen resolution of 480×260 pixels. All the device incorporate slider QWERTY keyboards, the Droid 2 and the Epic 4G going the horizontal way while BlackBerry sticking to the traditional vertical way. The Droid keyboard has the blemish of its earlier versions having a shallow keyboard not especially suited to typing which would mean users would require some time to test and trust this latest Motorola product. In contrast BlackBerry has always enjoyed the user’s confidence in terms of its keypad.

Time will tell what features mentioned above will appeal to what section of the smartphone user base. But going by the current trends, iPhone application development, Android application development and BlackBerry application development arenas are segments to be actively informed about.

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