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Both of these handsets have touchscreens and are aimed at users who want to spend time everyday using apps and surfing the net. There are plenty of good points to both handsets and both are worthy of consideration when it is time to get a new mobile phone. The handsets are fairly similar in size with only 10 g dividing them in weight.

Using the Phones

The screen sizes on both handsets are also similar with the Huawei Ascend Y having a 3.5 inch screen and the BlackBerry handset having a 3.7 inch screen. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 has also been given an optical trackpad for those who prefer it. There are only a few physical buttons and ports on both phones and these include a 3.5 mm headphone jack.


The Huawei Ascend Y has been given 2GB of onboard storage and this can be expanded with another 32GB using a microSD card. The BlackBerry handset has 4GB of onboard storage and also has the option to expand storage with another 32GB. Storage is only going to be important for those who want to use their phone for music or images.

Internet Use

Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G on both handsets making it very easy to get on to the internet. The operating system on the Huawei phone is Android while the BlackBerry uses OS7, a proprietary operating system. Neither of these will disappoint. Android has become popular all over the world and there are plenty of apps that can be added. The Blackberry operating system has earned itself a good following thanks to its efficiency and flexibility. Both handsets give organising functions, document viewers and apps that link the user directly to their email and social networking accounts.


The camera on the Huawei handset has been given 3.15 megapixels while the BlackBerry handset has 5 megapixels. Both phones are able to record video footage. A reasonably good quality photo can be taken on either one of these phones. Neither handset has been given a radio function so those who want to use this for music may find this to be disappointing.


A major point for any mobile phone is the battery life. The Huawei Ascend Y handset has been given a standby time of up to 300 hours while it has talk time of around 7 and a half hours. The BlackBerry handset has a standby time of 320 hours and talk time of nearly 7 hours so these phones are very similar in this respect. The average user will be able to get at least a day out of both of these phones before they need to be recharged.

Decision Time

As there is very little to choose between these handsets anyone considering both of them will find it difficult to decide. However, the Blackberry has the edge when it comes to the camera while the Huawei does slightly better on battery life and does feature a very popular operating system. It will come down to personal preference, although whichever one you choose you are sure not to be disappointed.

Phil Turner has has his own opinions as to the best smart phone, but so does everyone else and no two opinions are the same.

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