Since its launch in 2007, the iPhone has completely revolutionized the mobile industry. It was the first usable touch screen smartphone and had a really good user interface. It gained scores of fans in the month it launched and in the subsequent months, it went on adding more users.
While RIM was the number one mobile company in the US with the BlackBerry smartphone platform and Nokia was at the top worldwide with the Symbian platform, Apple's market share exploded with the success of the iPhone, making it the second largest mobile company in the US. Apple will soon cede that position to Android, but both iOS and Android are growing at phenomenal rates, adding about 200,000 new activations each day.
RIM tried to counter the iPhone with the BlackBerry Storm, but it flopped. Then, RIM launched the BlackBerry Torch 9800, a touch screen smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard which slides out. With the Torch, RIM hopes to defeat the iPhone 4 and regain its lost glory. Considering how awesome the iPhone 4 is, it is going to be a tough fight. In this article, I will examine the BlackBerry Torch versus the iPhone 4 based on various aspects like display, hardware, OS, design, connectivity options, and multimedia features.