BlackBerry Bold 9790

AKA: BlackBerry Bellagio

Available at: Bell, Fido, Koodo Mobile, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Wind Mobile

7/10 AVG.
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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  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
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.

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 While it is still easy enough to use, it just feels outdated compared to iOS and Android.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 1230 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are: 1 day standby time, 312 minutes talk time, 242 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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BlackBerry Bold Touch 9790 - 8GB - Black (Unlocked) Fair Condition

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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
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.

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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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

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

from Know Your Mobile (over 2 years ago)

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... More

  4/10

Compact design, great camera, cheap-feel lock button

from Dial-a-Phone (over 2 years ago)

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... More

  8/10

Provides excellent email and messaging, in a portable format

from Recombu (over 2 years ago)

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... More

  7/10

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

from Expert Reviews (over 2 years ago)

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

  6/10

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

from Digital Versus (over 2 years ago)

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... More

  10/10

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

from PhoneArena (over 2 years ago)

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... More

  7/10

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

from GSMArena (over 2 years ago)

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... More

Triumphant keyboard, sharp screen, Wi-Fi hotspot function

from What Mobile (over 2 years ago)

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.

  6/10

Nice screen, QWERTY is still great

from Pocket-lint (over 2 years ago)

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... More

  7/10

Touch screen, great for email, good battery

from V3 (over 2 years ago)

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... More

  6/10

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