BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

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Another day, another high-end BB7 handset

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Blackberry bold 9790 review

We're glad to say that the internet experience on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is top notch as far as BlackBerry devices go. This is a fairly significant statement, because up until just over a year ago when BB6 hit the streets, the web browsing on a BlackBerry device was poor to say the least.

Luckily once RIM started pursuing its own WebKit solution, things got a bit better and here we are now.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

We'll get the negatives out of the way first. There's no Flash. We always go on about this so we won't bother now - especially because Flash has become less and less important and significant. Indeed, Adobe has said it plans to drop Flash support for mobiles and concentrate on PCs and dedicated apps instead.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

We need to compare performance slightly to the Bold 9900, because that has a marginally bigger processor at 1.2GHz (compared to the BlackBerry Bold 9790's 1GHz). When we used the 9900 to browse it was good, but we noticed some glitches. Pages took a while to render, for example.

We'd have expected this problem to surface on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 because of the inferior processor, but we had no such issues, which is a big win as far as we're concerned.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

Pages don't load as fast as they do on comparable smartphones from other manufacturers, though. You'll not get the blistering speeds of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the iPhone 4S or even HTC Titan here. But the bizarre thing is, because BlackBerry's browsers have always been so pants until recently, you just feel it's par for the course and something to be tolerated.

The touchscreen enables you to navigate that way, but the screen is so small compared to the 9900 that clicking on links can be a bit cumbersome. Indeed, the screen size is the BlackBerry Bold 9790's Achilles' heel for browsing, because it doesn't fit much on.

When you consider we thought the 9900's screen was a little too small for web browsing, you can see why we were frustrated on this handset. Double-tapping enables tap to zoom, and text reflow works well though.

BlackBerry bold 9790 review

On top of that, you get nice little thumbnails for your browser bookmarks and open windows. Classy, huh?

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