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BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

Another day, another high-end BB7 handset

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

There are a couple of new toys to play with on the BlackBerry Bold 9790, app-wise. For example, Wikitude comes preloaded. Augmented reality browsers have been around for a while, and appear to be the kind of thing users either love or hate. But the cool thing about this version is that it integrates with BBM so you can also see if your Messenger friends are in the vicinity by just waving your phone in various directions like a lunatic.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

Unfortunately, we have few friends, and even fewer with compatible handsets in the area, so we couldn't test it out to the full.

There are also various other bits and bobs such as BlackBerry Protect (what it says on the tin), Documents to Go (the full version- yay!) and Smart Tags (which we still can't work out, other than knowing it has something to do with the NFC chip).

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

There's a compass on the BlackBerry Bold 9790, which will become crucial if you're orienteering in the middle or the Amazon and need to know which way north is. And to help you find your way out of the rainforest, BlackBerry Maps is also onboard. Thank. The. Lord.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

We say that with all sarcasm of course, because Maps - as we have said before - has to be one of the blandest, most boring and underinvested bits of computer code known to man. Any serious mapper will just ignore it and download Google Maps straight away in its place. Luckily GPS gets a lock pretty quickly, so you won't be hanging around too long once you're set up.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

Unfortunately for those of us with lower IQs, there isn't much on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 in terms of games. Obviously BrickBreaker is there (it probably will be until RIM crumbles), and Word Mole is also onboard, but that's it. We wouldn't have said no to a nice Solitaire or Chess to while away long commutes.

But at least BlackBerry App World is there to top the BlackBerry Bold 9790 up with some bespoke timewasting.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

The App World still lags behind the Apple App Store and Android Market, though. Quality apps seem to cost a lot more than they do in their competitors' stores, and the free apps look, in the majority, like something created by Matthew Broderick in War Games (great film - what do you mean you haven't seen it?).

Although App World comes preloaded on the device, you're not in Apple's walled garden and, as such, can still download apps from a plethora or other stores online. Shop around!

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderOrange
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.56 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyBold
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenNo
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time5.30 Hour
Product Model9790
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)107 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerMarvell
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height110 mm
Width60 mm
Depth11.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time18 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameBold 9790
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTavor
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberORGBOLD9790WHT
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

The new fully loaded, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 smartphone

Prepare to be stunned by the BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone. This high performance smartphone combines the accuracy of a QWERTY keyboard with the speed and responsiveness of a touchscreen. Elegant lines and a premium finish conceal a powerful processor that delivers a truly outstanding experience.

Smart and intuitive

Enjoy the best of both worlds

Take control of your smartphone the way you want to. Use the fluid and highly responsive touchscreen for fast and easy web-browsing. And write clear and accurate emails using the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard - now wider and even easier to use.

Limited Warranty1 Year