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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

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Interface

What runs on the device is the BlackBerry OS 7 platform, which, in terms of appearance, is identical to what one would find on any recent BlackBerry model. And we hate to say it, but the interface on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 leaves a lot to be desired. With its tiny icons and miniscule elements, the whole outlay simply does not feel made for a display of this size, not to mention that “intuitive” is far from the first word we could describe the interface with. The whole experience feels outdated, which is why you are likely to be disappointed by the interface as a whole if you have ever used a device powered by another contemporary platform.

The interface leaves a lot to be desired - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The interface leaves a lot to be desired - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The interface leaves a lot to be desired - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The interface leaves a lot to be desired - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The interface leaves a lot to be desired - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

The interface leaves a lot to be desired



It is not all bad, however. The 1GHz single-core processor handles any task without breaking a sweat. We did not experience the slightest hint of lag while navigating, and application execution was instant every time. Navigating through the menu is done by either using the optical trackpad, or by sliding your finger across the touchscreen, and having options is nice considering that some might prefer one of these methods over the other. We personally prefer using the optical trackpad most of the time as our thumb easily covers half of the display area.


Software and Functionality

Long time BlackBerry owners will be sailing in familiar seas with the Bold 9790. The e-mail experience is as good as expected and is suitable for casual e-mail users and corporate customers alike. The calendar does not disappoint either as it provides lots of flexibility when organizing your agenda. Of course, BBM is in stock for that unmistakable instant messaging experience.

The calendar and instant messaging don't disappoint either - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The calendar and instant messaging don't disappoint either - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The calendar and instant messaging don't disappoint either - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The calendar and instant messaging don't disappoint either - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

The calendar and instant messaging don't disappoint either


The Twitter Client - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

The Twitter Client

In addition to all BlackBerry apps and services, out of the box you get Facebook and Twitter clients, as well as Documents To Go, which supports the most common document formats, and a file manager. Fulfilling the rest of your instant messaging needs are the clients for Windows Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and Google Talk.


Interenet Browser

The internet browser works well, but could have been better. At times it is slow at rendering pages when scrolling, support for Adobe Flash is absent, and the text reflow functionality does not work as intended leaving some paragraphs outside of the display area. You can use the optical trackpad to scroll around and to hover above web elements with a tiny cursor. Tap to zoom and pinch to zoom work like a charm. 

The web browser could be better and it doesn't have Adobe Flash - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The web browser could be better and it doesn't have Adobe Flash - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The web browser could be better and it doesn't have Adobe Flash - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

The web browser could be better and it doesn't have Adobe Flash




Connectivity

When it comes to hooking up to the web, you can rely on the Bold 9790's Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity or its 7.2Mbps 3G radio. The list of connectivity features also includes Bluetooth 2.1, aGPS, NFC, and an FM radio, so you have pretty much all the basics covered. What is also convenient is that mass storage mode is supported by the platform, which makes transferring files between the handset and a computer pretty straightforward. It is a bit frustrating, however, that you do not get DLNA for streaming content to a compatible media device.

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posted on 01 Feb 2012, 09:33 4

1. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


"android devices are all the same" , this look like the same blackberry curve my ex girlfriend had 6 years ago

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 10:33 1

2. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Heh. They made it the same size as an iPhone.

I don't know how anyone could deal with this screen size.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 10:45

3. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


blackberry .. just die already!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 19:53

4. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


9900/9930 way better, but hopefully bold 10000 will be the best hehheh

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 23:11 1

5. Mark_Washington (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


Now that RIM are finally making the use of touchscreens viable with their devices, we are starting to see a number of interesting handsets. The problem for RIM has always been how to combine the core functionality of a great keyboard with the heavy demand for touch devices. For me the stand-out device is currently the all touch Torch 9860, which does a better job of presenting a usable touch keyboard than Apple or Google, in my honest opinion. Sadly for RIM one of only a few wins.

This Bold 9790 handset combines the small form factor of the Bold 9700 with a very usable touchscreen. The device is very well designed and looks great, it sits very comfortably in hand. It is incredibly easy to use. The combination of keyboard application shortcuts and touch navigation worked very intuitively. A dream to use. The battery life was also very good in context to modern smartphones. I easily got a day and a half out of it. Although I ended up just charging it at night, it was reassuring knowing if I was late home I wasn't going to be worrying whether I'd have enough juice to phone home.

As with all Blackberry devices I found the call quality to be excellent and the Bold devices have always had great cameras. The 9790 is no exception in this regard. One of my big complaints of the Bold line has been the sloped keys. While these are sloped too, the keys seem to have a wider base which makes them more stable. I didn't struggle with my fingers slipping off the keys anywhere near as much as I have in the past.

The 9790 has one major flaw. The screen resolution is a nice 640x480, but the screen is only 2.5 inches in diameter. This means any web based activities are almost impossible because the text just appears so small. You can of course zoom into the text, but typically I struggled to get a good, readable size. It was a lot of fiddling when I just wanted to read the content.

In summary - I'm a heavy email user with five accounts hooked into my BB. The combination of the keyboard and touchscreen made using the 9790 a joy and increased my ability to get through email and respond in full using the excellent keyboard. I'm also a big Twitter user though and found myself cursing each time I clicked on a link to then find myself struggling to size the content just so I could read it. The high resolution screen combined with it's small size is a big drawback. If you want a keyboard for email and a good screen for web browsing then I would recommend you take a look at the Bold 9900.

*Note, for best price if you're will buy it, I suggest you have to compare prices at:http://prices-comparison.info/BlackBerry-Bold9790

I hope this review was helpful.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 07:14

7. mojad626 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Pathetic phone, half day battery life, cheap plasticky materials. Had mine for 3 months, it developed a crack on lock button (from locking and unlocking - not dropped). Touch screen stopped working. Service provider quoted me 150$ to replace end cap and front housing. Even though it was under warranty. My friend and lots other experienced the same

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Display2.5 inches, 480 x 360 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz, Marvel Tavor MG1 processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.33 x 2.36 x 0.45 inches
(110 x 60 x 11.4 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery1230 mAh, 5.2 hours talk time

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