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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 The whole experience feels outdated, which is why you are likely to be disappointed by the interface as a whole if you have ever used a device powered by another contemporary platform.

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.

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. 


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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