BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

Another day, another high-end BB7 handset

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So if you're wondering which of the two Bolds is the Daddy, here's where the distinction is made. And it's not good news for the BlackBerry Bold 9790. We say this because the newer handset has a much poorer video shooter than the Bold 9900.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you 640 x 480. Yes, it's 2012 and BlackBerry's supposed 'flagship' smartphone doesn't do HD video recording. This is a crying shame, because the Bold 9900 did come with that out of the box, but it's been deliberately omitted here.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes with a 1GHz processor, so it's clearly more than capable. The software is capable because it runs on the Bold 9900, so we remain completely stumped as to why RIM has crippled the BlackBerry Bold 9790 in such a way by providing us with the same resolution we'd expect from the more affordable Curve range.

Luckily, if you're a part time Spielberg you won't be too disappointed, since videos do look quite nice on the screen. The colours are reproduced well, the frame rate is top notch and the sound is recorded perfectly, so for watching back on your phone, you'll be quite happy with the BlackBerry Bold 9790.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

Even watching videos back on a computer is OK. It's just not amazing. Movies are shot in the older .3GP format.

There is a video light, but annoyingly, you have to decide if you want to have it on or off before you start shooting your video, which is irritating - especially if you're moving around between light and dark or maybe shooting in twilight.

You have to stop recording to toggle it on and off, which can ruin videos, and there's what looks like an icon at the bottom of the screen for you to click on to turn the light on and off. Unfortunately this is just a notifier, signalling if your light is on or off (like you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at the back of the phone), and is a waste of screen real estate.

It's annoying and shows that RIM hasn't really thought this whole bit of the OS through. Most people won't notice or mind, but we did, and it irked us.

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