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Simply put, the in-call quality with the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is top notch. The earpiece easily reproduces clear and distinct voices, which won't get distorted even when its volume is turned all the way up. The microphone is just as impressive as it captures clear, natural voice tones. Additionally, absolutely no background noise present in either sides of the line.

When it comes to battery life, one can expect getting a little over 5 hours of talk time out of the phone's 1230 mAh battery. That figure is somewhat disappointing since even simpler smartphones can last longer. The 17 days of stand-by time, on the other hand, are nothing to complain about.


Overall, there is a lot to like about the BlackBerry Bold 9790. It is beautifully designed, has a really nice QWERTY keyboard, and delivers outstanding in-call audio quality. In fact, if you are a BlackBerry enthusiast, you probably needn't look at a higher end model as this one would do the same job just fine.

But if you do not insist on owning a BlackBerry, we think that it would be much wiser to spend your  money on something different. Currently, a Bold 9790 can be purchased for about $550 off-contract, meaning that there are plenty of alternatives to consider. If you insist on having a physical keyboard, the Motorola PRO+ offers one, yet comes with a bigger, 3.1-inch display and is much more affordable. With its 3.7-inch screen, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro is also worth considering, as long as you do not mind the slide-out QWERTY form factor. And if you need something that would be really easy on your budget, the Samsung Galaxy M Pro should do the trick. If you can live without a physical keyboard, check out the Samsung Galaxy W, which costs considerably less, yet comes with a bigger, 3.7-inch display. If you are willing to spend a little more cash, the 16-gig Nokia Lumia 800 will definitely grab your attention with its sleek appearance and premium feel.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Video Review


  • Great in-call audio quality
  • Premium feel
  • Nice physical keyboard


  • Web browser needs more work
  • Outdated, uncomfortable interface

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