BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

Another day, another high-end BB7 handset

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BlackBerry bold 9790 review

It's hard to be massively excited about the BlackBerry Bold 9790. The Bold 9900 was a mobile phone to be excited about, since it was the obvious successor to the Bold 9700 and 9780 handsets, which seemed like they'd been around forever. But just when the 9900 gets its feet under the table, this little upstart comes along and insists it's the rightful heir to the title.

It doesn't feel like a massive leap forward, more an upgrade that has been released for the sake of it, and we can't quite see where it fits in in the BlackBerry scheme of things.

We liked

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a perfect size for those who don't want too much bulge in their pockets, so to speak. It takes that winning design from the 9700 more than two years ago and brings it bang up to date. And even though it's been on a diet, it's acquired a bigger heart and much bigger brain and muscles with that beefed up processor and newer operating system. Plus NFC inclusion makes this baby future-proof.

We disliked

But the smaller size could also be its downfall, since bigger hands will struggle to cope - especially when prodding at the screen. The camera isn't anything special, and the internet browser is good but only by BlackBerry standards. Plus BlackBerry 7 does feel like a bit of a letdown - not so much of a problem if you're coming to BB new, but a bit of a disappointment if you're upgrading.

Final verdict

If you were to take the BlackBerry Bold 9900 out of the equation and judge the BlackBerry Bold 9790 on its own merits, you could quite confidently say it's a cracking little phone. We're not massively excited by it but, geek-speak aside, just the specs alone make it worthy of a £350/$450 SIM-free price tag.

If we were torn between the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the Bold 9900, we'd pick this, albeit at the risk of grumbling about a smaller screen.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderOrange
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Product NameBold 9790
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTavor
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberORGBOLD9790WHT
Manufacturer Website Address
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