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BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

Another day, another high-end BB7 handset

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.30 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 360

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For

  • Generous 8GB memory
  • Great keyboard
  • Easy to set up
  • Holds onto signal well
  • iTunes sync is simple

Against

  • Only a lock button up top, no media buttons
  • Touchscreen too small
  • No HD video
  • App World still poor
  • Contacts need a lick of paint

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

RIM hasn't gone to town on the battery for the BlackBerry Bold 9790. We won't beat around the bush. Under the hood, you'll find nothing more adventurous than a 1,230mAh pack. It's the same as that found in the larger-screened Bold 9900.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

Not that it made much difference, since we managed to get comfortably through a day of heavy use and still have about a third of the juice left for nighttime shenanigans. This is the advantage of having a smaller screen and (marginally) smaller processor.

Plus, although we don't know the inner mechanics of it, we'd attest to BB7 being optimised to save power where it can. We're not talking Curve 8310 standards of yesterday, but it does put in an above-average performance.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

Connectivity-wise, we have the usual suspects: HSDPA 3G and HSUPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. Bluetooth isn't just reserved for calls but also for streaming music wirelessly to our stereo via A2DP, which we were very happy with. The Wi-Fi signal was strong and we had no problems with the speeds of our Vodafone 3G signal.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

Near-field communications (NFC) is the big plus on the BlackBerry Bold 9790. NFC is to phone operators now what integrated GPS was back in 2007.

All of the manufacturers are talking about it and telling us it's the future, yet BlackBerry is one of the first to bring it to market, which you have to commend it for. In theory, the technology will enable you to use your phone to pay for goods by touching them against a sensor.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

NFC is taking a while to catch on and it's still only being used in a handful of places as an experiment. But having said that, Orange said it expects a huge increase in NFC handsets brought to market this year, so be assured, it's the future (and it would know, because it also told us it's bright).

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
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height110 mm
Width60 mm
Depth11.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
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