RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review
Seeing a higher 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on board with the device, we're happy to see that it produces some nice looking images outdoors where lighting is most prevalent. In fact, images are acceptably sharp looking with an attention for the finest of details – especially for macro shots. In addition, colors are neutral in tone thanks to the proper exposure the handset is able to exhibit. However, its quality diminishes drastically in low lighting conditions as it boasts an abundance of noise which inevitably softens its look. Fortunately, the LED flash is able to better illuminate the scenery, but colors still look washed out.
Moving into an era where high-definition video recording is becoming all too common, it's still hard to fathom that this notable handset is still missing out. Instead, it retains the same old maximum video recording resolution of 640 x 480 while shooting at a decent rate of 23 frames per second. Still, its performance is respectable and is even highlighted with its support for continuous auto-focus – which is something not seen on a lot of handsets.
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 Sample Video:
Simplistic in nature, we're happy to see that the music player interface is functional while offering some good looking visuals to its presentation. Naturally, it display the usual mix of items like the album cover, on-screen controls, and track information, but it sprinkles a dash of glamor with its coverflow-like interface when navigating between songs. Even though its speaker output is a bit on the sharper side, enabling audio boost and choosing the correct equalizer setting can adjust it to an appropriate level.
Since it doesn't embody the high resolution displays of its competitors, you're going to be limited to the kind of videos that'll play with the smartphone. Specifically, we were able to load a video encoded in MPEG-4 640 x 480 as it played smoothly and without much effort. However, the device wouldn't accept anything higher in resolution than that. Moreover, it's also able to play the same sized video encoded in DivX, but its clear that there is a delay with its audio output. Regardless, the still highly regarded display is more than capable of enabling anyone to enjoy a couple of hours of video playback.
RIM has preloaded a 2GB microSD card which should satisfy the needs of most people, but it can always be replaced with cards up to 32GB in capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
You can't go wrong bringing along the BlackBerry Bold 9780 overseas on trips or vacations seeing that it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (900/1700/2100 MHz) device. Even better, it boasts UMA calling which enables you to place/receive voice phone calls through a Wi-Fi hotspot – so it's an invaluable feature in situations where the network connection is insufficient. And for those instances you find yourself lacking 3G speeds, you can connect via its 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi to gain faster data speeds. Finally, it includes Bluetooth 2.1 to get all of your pertinent accessories to connect with the handset.
Web surfing on a BlackBerry web browser isn't as challenging as it was in the past now that it's a WebKit based system. Luckily, pages manage to load up in a decent amount of time on the Bold 9780 while perfectly rendering it exactly like what you see on a desktop. Additionally, scrolling is much more manageable with its fluid movements and its adjustment of long passages of text to fit the length of the display. Sure it's lacking Flash support, but it's leaps and bounds better than what we experienced with the Bold 9700 – plus, it rivals some third party offerings like Opera Mini and the BOLT browser.
1. kentuckyloan (banned) (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
Love it. Super Fast, Fantastic Battery, fits in pocket great, great looking screen. Email and messasging machine....Browser still needs work--also like uma for the tmobile blackberry
2. Flacco (unregistered)
8.5? To a mediocre call quality? Really?
3. OverRatedChild (unregistered)
Blackberries are the best, SUPER reliable and have all the features I need from a phone. If I want to play games or some other crap, I get my self an iPod Touch.
THREe things I want to see In the next Blackberry:
>Better Resolution (Maybe VGA - 640x480, over the current WVGA - 480x360)
>Touchscreen (Like a hybrid, eg: Sony Ericsson Aspen, Nokia X3 Touch and Type)
Those Features, coupled with a good price = Best Phone..... ever.
4. Ebonyks (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Changing the resolution of the blackberry would require a pretty massive overhaul of the apps market. It's not going to happen in the current blackberry OS, maybe the playbook OS being ported over to phones will change that.
Same thing with the touchscreen. The touchscreen blackberries have all been retrofitted to run blackberry OS, and they lack the features that make touchscreens so compelling in the first place, including heavy use of gestures.
That's the ultimate problem with blackberries, they keep building on a dinosaur of an OS. They're reliable, and have the best hardware keyboards in the world (I still miss that part of my curve 8900), and still have the best battery life in the business.
I just hope next year brings more change, because the torch wasn't enough to push RIM into the next generation. They're not trying with the 9780, but that's fine, they're filling a niche of business types who don't want to bother with learning a new OS and interface.
5. T-MoLoyalist (unregistered)
Actually the bold has a HVGA Resolution. I don't mind the loss of a touchscreen, we end up smudging it anyway. The QWERTY Keyboard is awesome, the browser is so much better, and the camera takes fantastic pictures. Future BlackBerries I hope there's a front facing Video Camera while, keeping it's current form. If it manages to do everything the competition can do while staying compact, it'll be a good day for RIM indeed.