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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

BlackBerry Bold 9790

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review
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  • Outdated, uncomfortable interface
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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 (unregistered)

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
Single core, 1000 MHz, Marvel Tavor MG1 processor
0.75 GB 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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