October 1, 2016

Motorola Pro head to head with the BlackBerry Bold 9780 – how do they compare?

The Blackberry Bold 9780 has been out for a little while now and its keyboard and speedy operating system are the main attraction. As always Blackberry addicts can’t get enough of these features. It seems that with the Pro, Motorola are pitching their latest device firmly against the Blackberry in the corporate market. The Motorola Pro runs on Android and is one of relatively few Android smart phones with a front facing QWERTY keyboard.

From the surface it looks like the Motorola Pro should be in with a chance of winning the hearts of some Blackberry fans. As the front facing key board is going to be one of the attractions of these phones, how do they compare? The Motorola Pro is up against the Blackberry which is renowned for its keyboard. The 9780’s keyboard is a dream to use and retains all the benefits of its predecessors. It has clear, relatively large and easy to use keys and enables good speedy typing. So how does the Motorola’s keyboard stack up to the Blackberry’s. Well to state that it is similar would be an understatement. Motorola certainly seem to have been influenced quite heavily in the keyboard department by a certain smartphone brand well-known for their keyboards. The keys have a very similar wave shape to the 9780, so if you like the 9780’s keyboard, then it is highly likely that you’ll get on with the Motorola’s. Initially we thought the Blackberry would be the hands down winner, but with the similarity in the keyboards, the Motorola does very well.

BlackBerry Bold 9780

BlackBerry Bold 9780

A very noticeable difference between the two phones is the size of the screen. The Motorola has a 3.1 inch HVGA touch screen, that is sharp and good to use. This is compared with the Blackberry’s 2.44 inch TFT-LCD screen, that is lagging behind the latest screen technology. All the navigation on the Blackberry is controlled via the optical track pad rather than the touch screen of the Motorola. Whilst this may be a preference for die-hard Blackberry fans, with the ease of using touch screens for web browsing and other similar activities this is a bit of a drawback with the Blackberry. However, despite the size differences of the two screens their resolutions are quite similar with the Motorola Pro’s at 320 x 480 and the Blackberry 9780’s at 480 x 360, so in terms of usable space on the screen they are quite similar.

So with these differences in screen size, you’d probably expect the Motorola to be a bigger phone. Well the Motorola weighs in at 134g vs the Blackberry at 136g, so there’s barely anything in the weight. Width wise the Blackberry is slightly wider at 66mm vs the Motorola’s 61mm. The Motorola is also slightly thinner in terms of form factor at 11.7mm deep vs the Blackberry’s 15mm of depth. It is length where the Motorola is bigger at 119mm compared with the 9780 at 114mm. So all in all there isn’t much size difference between the two phones. Blackberry’s are renowned for their build quality and the 9780 is no exception. The Motorola’s build quality is OK, but doesn’t appear to be in the same league as the Blackberry’s. So what it makes up for in tech it might be lacking a bit in build quality.
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Now how do they compare under the cover? Well the Motorola is powered by a 1GHz processor compared with a 624 Mhz processor on the Blackberry. The Motorola needs the extra power to run all those great apps available for the Android devices, and this extra processing power makes it nice and responsive to use. Blackberry’s are renowned for their speed of operation and fast operating system, so if you stick with the standard applications there shouldn’t be much of a downside with the slower processor. The one thing you’ll be missing is all the fun with the apps at your disposal on the Android.

Motorola Pro

Motorola Pro

The cameras on both machines are strong at 5 megapixels, they also have LED flash, and both can also capture video. With 8GB of internal storage you’ll be able to capture plenty on the Motorola, both machines also have the MicroSD slots for adding up to 32GB of additional storage.
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Motorola are firmly pitching the Pro at the business camp with enhanced security features built-in, which is a shot across Blackberry’s bows as they are well-known for their security. Both are good phones, it will really come down to how in bed you are with Blackberry. If you are tempted by all that Android has to offer, not least all the apps available for it, the Motorola might just win you over.

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