RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

Introduction and Design

Ladies and gents, there is a new 'Berry in town. Sporting that tried and tested BlackBerry form factor, which is praised by many throughout the world, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is here to win the hearts of business users and heavy texters alike. And at a glance, this shiny handset sure looks promising. On one hand we have the comfort of a physical QWERTY keyboard, and on the other – the  convenience of a capacitive touchscreen.

But we cannot judge a smartphone solely by the list of its specs and features, which is why we took it around the block for a spin. Care to learn how the BlackBerry Bold 9790 performs in real life? Read along to find out.

The box contains:
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired stereo headset
  • Wall charger
  • Documentation


Think of the BlackBerry Bold 9790 as the Bold 9900's little brother. Albeit slightly thicker, it is both smaller and lighter than its high-end sibling. Remarkably, it has a nearly identical premium feel thanks to its solid construction and the high quality materials that it is made out of. The device fits nicely in the hand, and your thumb can reach all of its sides – from the touchscreen's furthest edge to the keyboard's bottom row of keys, without much effort. We are also pleased with the excellently executed volume rocker and convenience key, which are located on the device's right side, as well as with the cleverly disguised lock button found on the unit's top side.

You can compare the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Albeit somewhat tiny for a BlackBerry, the physical QWERTY keyboard is definitely among the better ones out there. Its keys are neither too soft nor too hard and their shape facilitates feeling them under your thumb. Even those who are not accustomed to the BlackBerry trademark form factor will find typing on it quite convenient.


The BlackBerry Bold 9790 has a relatively tiny 2.45-inch touchscreen display with 480 by 360 pixels of resolution, but looking at it is a pleasure to the eye. With its 245 ppi pixel density, even small text is legible and images look nice and crisp. It is bright enough to be usable in broad daylight, and its viewing angles are nothing to complain about. However, the display does not reproduce colors as accurately as one might want as they lean towards the warm side.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 360-degrees View:

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