One of the biggest and most important differences between the BlackBerry Torch and the iPhone 4 is the operating system these phones use. iOS4 has received great reviews, even though it has recently had security issues. The Torch uses the brand new BlackBerry 6 operating system, which launched with the announcement of the Torch.
BlackBerry 6 maintains all of the messaging and productivity features beloved by BlackBerry users, but it also adds in significant social networking and media features in order to appeal to the average consumer who has come to expect those features in a smartphone. Even still, its likely the average smartphone user will still prefer the simplicity of the iPhone interface over the revamped look of BlackBerry 6.
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The BlackBerry Torch has an obvious advantage for those who prefer physical keyboards or haven't decided if they prefer typing on keys or a touchscreen yet. The iPhone has no physical keyboard, so it's not even a competition. The Torch includes a touchscreen, which is rare for BlackBerry devices, and utilizes many of the same multitouch gestures for navigation found in other touchscreen phones.
Another area where BlackBerry wins is in mobile browsing. A new WebKit browser in the BlackBerry 6 operating system has already been tested and is shown to be faster than the browser included in the iPhone 4. The WebKit browser scored significantly better than iPhone or Android phones in an Acid3 test, which indicates a faster and better browsing experience.
In many other areas, the BlackBerry Torch is similar to the iPhone 4. It has Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, and while it has less internal storage (4GB) than the iPhone (16GB or 32GB), it has a microSD card slot that can expanded up to 32GB. BlackBerry 6 also has a revamped media player that mimics that of the iPhone, with cover art and searching capabilities reminiscent of iTunes. There is even an app store for the Torch.
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