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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.




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.



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