BlackBerry Bold 9790

A new phone from RIM

There has been some market research back at RIM and the conclusion they reached to was that people are more into slimmer and thinner handsets, rather than the heavy, large ones. It is true that each model has its fans, but the company decided to come up with a handset that meets the Blackberry requirements and in the same time the customers’ preferences.

2.45 inch touchscreen

The result was materialized in the BlackBerry Bold 9790, the slimmer variant of the previous Bold 9900. We thought to give it a try and test the “baby” Bold, which turned out to be equal to our expectations. Our review model, the Bold 9790 inherited all the good and efficient features from its predecessor. The two phones look just the same, differing only in size. It has the same fettered design of the keyboard which requires some time to get used to it, but one you do you really see its point. The 2.45 inch touchscreen is smaller and has a lower resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, uses TFT technology and we didn’t notice any flaws in its behavior. The smaller touch screen is one of sacrifices for coming up with this size, the others being a less powerful 1GHz processor and the plastic housing. However, the Bold 9790 doesn’t look cheap at all looking very compact and nice.BlackBerry-Bold-9790

Powered by OS 7

The operating system is not different than the one used on the Bold 9900, which is Blackberry’s OS 7. It has support for NFC, OTA sync and Computer sync as well and comes with the necessary connectivity features. The Bold 9790 has Bluetooth 2.1 support, EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/a and also microUSB and USB 2.0. As it was mentioned before in the review, the handset packs a 1Ghz Marvel Travor MG1 processor, with 768MB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. For storage expansion you have microSD, SDHC slot through which you can expand up to 32GB. On the rear of the phone there is a 5 megapixel camera with flash and a range of features, including Auto Focus, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging and Scenese, meaning all the great stuff a smartphone’s camera can have. Video recording has of course the 640 x 480 resolution. We used all these features during our testing and they worked just as fine.

Taking less space in our palm, we noticed that the touchscreen is easier to use. Although it doesn’t have the brushed-metal finish the Bold 9900 has, we cannot really complain about the hand grip. The best part of its design is of course the fact that it’s slimmer, measuring 4.33 x 2.36 x 0.45 inches while weighs about 107 grams.

Good sound quality

We also tested the sound quality in its all aspects, for calling and also for playing music. For calling, there were no problems and we could hear each other clear enough, so we have no objections to make. For playing music though we would recommend you used the headphones because the loudspeaker tends to make a funny noise when used too loud. The battery life duration was about 8 hours of speaking.

As for the Bold 9790’s availability, RIM has chosen to launch it in Indonesia first and it will reach European stores sometime during early 2012. Of course, it is too early to have any price details but we hope it won’t be very different than the Bold 9900’s price tag.

Review conclusion

The BlackBerry 9790 features all the connectivity, multimedia and communication support that you need and offers all this in a slim and attractive design. You only have to wait a few more weeks for it to launch is Europe too and then you can see for yourself if it suits you or not.

Technical specifications

Form factor Slab
Primary orientation Portrait
Operating system BlackBerry OS 7
Screen size (diagonal) 2.44 inches
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Resolution (Y) 360 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
Processor Manufacturer: Marvell
Frequency 1 GHz
RAM size 768 MB
Camera resolution 5 megapixels
Video resolution VGA
Focus type Autofocus
Flash Single LED
Internal storage capacity: 8 GB
External storage: Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD
Physical keypad QWERTY
Loudspeaker Yes
Color Black
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
3G Connectivity Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
NFC support Yes
Weight 0.24 pounds
Width 2.36 inches
Thickness 0.45 inches
Height 4.33 inches

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