The Bold 9790 is a classic BlackBerry package. Not the kind of classic you need to be old enough to appreciate. A loyal Blackberry user perhaps…

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

6.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 15 reviews

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the latest in a long line of phones from RIM. The styling is typical of BlackBerry with a sleek profile and elegant curves. It features a backlit QWERTY keyboard, which features all the keys you need, but they are a bit small. People with large hands might accidentally hit multiple keys, which can make writing e-mails and texting a bit of a pain. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is built very well and constructed with brushed stainless steel, giving the phone excellent drop protection.

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The phone features a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. While these numbers lag behind the competition a bit, the Bold 9790 still feels plenty snappy in everyday use thanks to efficient software. 8GB of internal storage is included, which can be limiting to some users. Fortunately, there is a microSD slot tucked under the battery which can accept up to a 32GB card. Call quality is very good as well. Voices come across clear and dropped calls simply do not happen. The Bold 9790 does lack 4G LTE hardware though, making it unable to take advantage of that network and its lightning fast download speeds.

The camera on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is far behind the competition. It only uses a five megapixel sensor and most photos appear washed out and not very sharp. Video is not much better with muted colors and a lot of distortion if you move the phone a bit when recording. The BlackBerry OS is also starting to show its age. While it is still easy enough to use, it just feels outdated compared to iOS and Android. If you are coming from either of those operating systems, prepare for a disappointment.

Need to Know: BlackBerry Bold 9790

1. Good, solid design helps protect against drops. (The Good)

2. Performance is fluid and snappy. (The Good)

3. The operating system feels outdated when compared to the competition. (The Bad)

4. No 4G LTE. (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
2.45"

The BlackBerry Bold 9790's screen is 2.45 inches with 480 x 360 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Marvell Tavor MG1 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 7 (Update Available: 7.1.0.523) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1230mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1230 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 1 days standby time, 312 minutes (2G), 318 minutes (3G), 242 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

6.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 15 reviews

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the latest in a long line of phones from RIM. The styling is typical of BlackBerry with a sleek profile and elegant curves. It features a backlit QWERTY keyboard, which features all the keys you need, but they are a bit small. People with large hands might accidentally hit multiple keys, which can make writing e-mails and texting a bit of a pain. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is built very well and constructed with brushed stainless steel, giving the phone excellent drop protection.

Show more

The phone features a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. While these numbers lag behind the competition a bit, the Bold 9790 still feels plenty snappy in everyday use thanks to efficient software. 8GB of internal storage is included, which can be limiting to some users. Fortunately, there is a microSD slot tucked under the battery which can accept up to a 32GB card. Call quality is very good as well. Voices come across clear and dropped calls simply do not happen. The Bold 9790 does lack 4G LTE hardware though, making it unable to take advantage of that network and its lightning fast download speeds.

The camera on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is far behind the competition. It only uses a five megapixel sensor and most photos appear washed out and not very sharp. Video is not much better with muted colors and a lot of distortion if you move the phone a bit when recording. The BlackBerry OS is also starting to show its age. While it is still easy enough to use, it just feels outdated compared to iOS and Android. If you are coming from either of those operating systems, prepare for a disappointment.

Need to Know: BlackBerry Bold 9790

1. Good, solid design helps protect against drops. (The Good)

2. Performance is fluid and snappy. (The Good)

3. The operating system feels outdated when compared to the competition. (The Bad)

4. No 4G LTE. (The Bad)

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The BlackBerry 9790 is a decent handset made unbearable by a sub-par operating system

from Know Your Mobile ( )

Generally the feeling we got when using the Bold 9790 was that it's boring and out of touch. We know that's a fairly standard criticism of RIM and its products these days and is cited as contributory to the company's poor predicament of late. But in this case there's no smoke without fire. RIM hasn'... More

Generally the feeling we got when using the Bold 9790 was that it's boring and out of touch. We know that's a fairly standard criticism of RIM and its products these days and is cited as contributory to the company's poor predicament of late. But in this case there's no smoke without fire. RIM hasn't adapted with the times and this phone is concrete evidence of that. Make no mistake, though, it's a well put together device. It can run decent apps and run them well, but the front end is simply too dense and is such a chore to plough through. On top of that, the 9790 hasn't attracted the level of app development needed to create the wealth of accessible content consumers expect in the current market. The technology in the background is sound but BlackBerry OS 7's obtuse nature hamstrings the whole phone.

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4/10

Compact design, great camera, cheap-feel lock button

from Dial-a-Phone ( )

Despite initial scepticism of yet another BlackBerry QWERTY device in what seems to be an already saturated range, we were thoroughly won over by the 9790. The phone is compact, feels has a premium feel and offers instant usability without ever extolling its virtues in an overly pushy manner. The de... More

Despite initial scepticism of yet another BlackBerry QWERTY device in what seems to be an already saturated range, we were thoroughly won over by the 9790. The phone is compact, feels has a premium feel and offers instant usability without ever extolling its virtues in an overly pushy manner. The design is instantly recognisable as a BlackBerry, however the slimline dimensions of the device offer a fresh take on what was arguably becoming a tired concept.

The handset is not without its flaws, particularly the dated feel of OS 7 and limited app options within BlackBerry App World. However, these are relatively small gripes and were not enough to dull our experience with the 9790.

Overall, this is a handset that far exceeds expectations, with the shortfall in innovation more than compensated for by the effective task management options. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a smartphone that provides the consumer with a user-friendly, accessible device perfect for everyday use.

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8/10

Provides excellent email and messaging, in a portable format

from Recombu ( )

The role of the Bold 9790 is clearly to provide a bridge between the Bold 9900 and Curve 9360, which is quite a tough job. While the Bold 9790 is well built, it looks unremarkable, lacking the the generous screen, fantastic keyboard and premium build of the Bold 9900, although it's portability will... More

The role of the Bold 9790 is clearly to provide a bridge between the Bold 9900 and Curve 9360, which is quite a tough job. While the Bold 9790 is well built, it looks unremarkable, lacking the the generous screen, fantastic keyboard and premium build of the Bold 9900, although it's portability will be an advantage for many people. Underneath the chassis (which of course is really where it counts), BlackBerry fans won’t be disappointed either - it’s just good as it’s pricier sibling, with unbeatable mobile email, a fast processor and far better than average battery performance.

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7/10

Images look sharp and clear, great build quality, small screen

from Expert Reviews ( )

Where the Bold 9790 falls down, though, is with App support. BlackBerry App World has got better, but it lacks official apps from a lot of big companies, there are fewer apps than available for Android and iPhone and less quality control.Given the small screen and lack of apps, the Bold 9790 is only... More

Where the Bold 9790 falls down, though, is with App support. BlackBerry App World has got better, but it lacks official apps from a lot of big companies, there are fewer apps than available for Android and iPhone and less quality control.

Given the small screen and lack of apps, the Bold 9790 is only of interest for corporate environments or if you want its excellent email handling and keyboard. We'd rather spend the money on a phone with a larger touchscreen.

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6/10

The latest Bold isn't up to speed with photo, audio and video features

from Digital Versus ( )

Who's going to buy the new BlackBerry Bold 9790? Business users are, and so will die-hard BBM fans and anybody who likes a good physical keyboard or not having to charge their phone twice a day. It's nippy, but the latest Bold isn't up to speed with photo, audio and video features, and the small dis... More

Who's going to buy the new BlackBerry Bold 9790? Business users are, and so will die-hard BBM fans and anybody who likes a good physical keyboard or not having to charge their phone twice a day. It's nippy, but the latest Bold isn't up to speed with photo, audio and video features, and the small display isn't really cut out for mobile browsing.

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10/10

Great in-call audio quality, premium feel, nice physical keyboard

from PhoneArena ( )

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 jo... More

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.

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7/10

Compact body and solid build quality but poor audio output quality and poor loudspeaker performance

from GSMArena ( )

The question on everyone's mind must be how the Bold 9790 will coexist with the Bold 9900. And they're not asking nicely either. People are fuming in the comments and most of them seem to see no point in having two so very similar handsets released fairly soon after one another.We don’t pretend to k... More

The question on everyone's mind must be how the Bold 9790 will coexist with the Bold 9900. And they're not asking nicely either. People are fuming in the comments and most of them seem to see no point in having two so very similar handsets released fairly soon after one another.

We don’t pretend to know how RIM think, but we guess we can see some of their reasoning. Let's look at the facts. It's six months sharp between the release of both phones. Even more, if you acknowledge that the Bold 9790 is only now starting to be available on a broader scale.

So, we've come to that after all. Price is the biggest thing the Bold 9790 has in its favor. It's the affordable option in the premium line. One that's not supposed to compete with the flagship but help RIM widen their demographic and get a foothold in emerging markets.

The 9790 is a natural upgrade from the Bold 9780 but you can throw in a few Curves there as well for flavor. It should be a good option too for loyal RIM users who fancy a transition to touchscreen but think the Torch line is taking it too far.

The Bold 9790 is a classic BlackBerry package. Not the kind of classic you need to be old enough to appreciate. A loyal Blackberry user perhaps…

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Triumphant keyboard, sharp screen, Wi-Fi hotspot function

from What Mobile ( )

If you demand a BlackBerry, this is the one to get: its thin frame, triumphant keyboard and sharp screen are excellent. But aside from NFC this phone doesn’t push the boundaries – it does little the two year Bold 9700 can’t.

If you demand a BlackBerry, this is the one to get: its thin frame, triumphant keyboard and sharp screen are excellent. But aside from NFC this phone doesn’t push the boundaries – it does little the two year Bold 9700 can’t.

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6/10

Nice screen, QWERTY is still great

from Pocket-lint ( )

You might conclude that we don't like the 9790. But that's not it at all. In fact we are just more disappointed at the mistakes BlackBerry has made with it. Yet again we have a phone with a lovely screen, great battery life, and a superb keyboard. All in a package and small enough to fit easily in o... More

You might conclude that we don't like the 9790. But that's not it at all. In fact we are just more disappointed at the mistakes BlackBerry has made with it. Yet again we have a phone with a lovely screen, great battery life, and a superb keyboard. All in a package and small enough to fit easily in our pocket. But this is rendered pointless by a few odd design decisions and an operating system that really needs an update.

The classic BlackBerry form factor just doesn't work anymore in the world of big screen smartphones. We need a way for the QWERTY expertise to be incorporated into something with a display larger than a matchbox.

That aside, if you are part of the social hardcore who likes to be constantly emailing and chatting with friends. This is the best value communicator you could possibly pick up. It grants you access to RIM's speedy world of push email and BBM, whilst not being so budget that it will fall apart in your rucksack.

BlackBerry is going to need to do something as significant as Nokia did with the Lumia 800 if it wants to see its decline reversed.

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7/10

Touch screen, great for email, good battery

from V3 ( )

The Bold 9790 is available free from £21 per month or around the £340 mark SIM-free. It is a good choice for users who are looking for a dedicated messaging device. Considering that the device performs just as well as the Bold 9900, has a slightly longer battery life and is cheaper, it could be a be... More

The Bold 9790 is available free from £21 per month or around the £340 mark SIM-free. It is a good choice for users who are looking for a dedicated messaging device. Considering that the device performs just as well as the Bold 9900, has a slightly longer battery life and is cheaper, it could be a better option.

Business users who have the budget for two devices and who want a dedicated messaging device could do worse than invest in this handset.

However, for those wanting an all-round smartphone and who are only looking to invest in one device it would be better to shell out the extra for an iPhone 4S or high-end Android such as the Galaxy S II or Galaxy Nexus.

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