Torque or Speed in Robotics Competitions
Whether you build in a torque or speed advantage on your robot will depend on the weight of the objects it interacts with (how heavy the robot's part is, how much force it will need to do its task), and how quickly or carefully you want a task done (moving around the field vs. carefully grabbing and moving a game piece).
It is helpful to consider using torque or speed advantages to accomplish tasks similar to these:
Moving the entire robot around the field - speed advantage
Lifting and moving large robot arms or claws - torque advantage
Controlling a claw to hold game objects firmly - torque advantage
Moving a small part that collects small game objects - speed advantage
It is important to read and consider the rules of a competition so that you can build a competition robot for speed and strength in a strategic manner.