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BlackBerry Bold 9780 review

Will the addition of BlackBerry 6 operating system breathe new life into RIM's flagship phone?

Our Verdict

A great update to the Bold line, thanks to BlackBerry 6.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 512 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour

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For

  • Powerful messaging
  • Improved media section
  • Excellent new Home screen
  • Great new web browser
  • Better social networking functions

Against

  • OS would be best on touchscreen
  • Keyboard was a little small for us
  • Signal strength wasn't too good
  • Some interface areas still a bit plain

With the arrival of the BlackBerry Bold 9780, fans of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will no doubt be jumping at the chance to see how good RIM's latest flagship phone is.

While there are a few physical changes to note from its predecessor, the big news is the addition of the BlackBerry 6 operating system.

We've got the Social Feeds view, a new WebKit-based internet browser, Universal Search, a richer media experience and lots more besides.

The camera has been bumped up to five megapixels from the 9700's three, while the chrome edging has been toned back to black or white and the faux leather has also been dialed down.

BlackBerry bold 9780

Inside, things haven't undergone a major revision either, with one significant exception: the RAM has been doubled to 512MB from the 9700's 256MB.

That's great news for the all-singing, all-multitasking new operating system.

BlackBerry bold 9780

Otherwise, we're still looking at 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, the full QWERTY keyboard, 480x360 2.44-inch screen and a host of built-in apps, including BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry App World.

BlackBerry bold 9780

The Bold 9780 is available in black or white and is free on contract depending on your monthly bill. Ours was supplied by T-Mobile, and was tested on that network.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, QWERTZ
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1.15 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyBold
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product Model9780
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.4")
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Memory Card Size Included2 GB
Memory Card Type IncludedmicroSD
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 6.0
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth14 mm
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameBold 9780 Smartphone
Processor Speed624 MHz
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-33291-020
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
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Business email integration

BlackBerry Bold smartphones integrate up to 10 email accounts into one easy-to-access place, along with your calendar, contacts and other important data - so you can conduct business almost anywhere.

Productivity and multitasking

Open apps are always connected on your BlackBerry Bold smartphone, so you can easily switch back and forth. And with BlackBerry 6 on the BlackBerry Bold 9780, there's a new application switcher that makes jumping between apps even faster.