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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

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Camera

Photos taken with the Bold 9790's 5-megapixel auto-focus camera look pretty decent when taken in broad daylight. Details are plentiful, especially in close-ups, and the exposure is spot-on. But what we cannot overlook is the digital noise, which becomes quite noticeable once you view pictures at their actual size. It also makes indoor shots look way below average even when the lighting conditions are favorable.

The camera's interface looks pretty simple at first, but it offers a handful of shooting modes for your convenience. And we have to give two thumbs up for the fast shutter response and the low delay between frames. What spoils the experience a bit, however, is the lack of touch to focus.

The camera's interface offers a handful of shooting modes - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The camera's interface offers a handful of shooting modes - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The camera's interface offers a handful of shooting modes - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
The camera's interface offers a handful of shooting modes - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

The camera's interface offers a handful of shooting modes


Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Outdoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

Outdoor samples


Strong light - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples


Oh yes, the smartphone can shoot videos as well, but at the unimpressive resolution of 640 by 480. And that is a shame considering that 720p is now the norm. On the bright side, footage is smooth and captures a good amount of detail for its resolution.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Sample Video:



Multimedia

We doubt that you will need a media player different from the stock Music app as it can do pretty much anything that you would expect from one. Furthermore, it is really convenient having a search bar, which digs through your music library and delivers real-time results. On top of that, the volume rocker on the side can switch tracks and adjust the volume even when the app is in the background, which we find to be very useful. And by the way, the built-in loudspeaker may not be too loud, but it surely sounds great.

The video player, on the other hand, is not that impressive as it is unable to play back smoothly anything with a resolution above 800 by 480 pixels. But then again, with a display resolution this low, it won't make any difference anyway. Besides, we can't imagine many of you watching videos regularly on such a tiny screen, so we can easily live with its poor 720p video handling. On the bright side, support for DivX/Xvid video comes out of the box.

Music playback - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
Video player - RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

Music playback

 

Video player



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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: 1501; 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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