BlackBerry Bold 9790

6.8/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


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


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


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

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

8 GB

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


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.

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

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)

Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)

Know Your Mobile

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'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 leve... Full review


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 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. Howe... Full review


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 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... Full review
Expert Reviews

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 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... Full review
Digital Versus

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 display isn't really cut out for mobile browsing... Full review

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 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 ha... Full review


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 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 af... Full review

What Mobile

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... Full review

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 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 so... Full review


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 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 t... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date December 2, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/1700/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 7 (Update Available:

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Processor Marvell Tavor MG1 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 768 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.35 W/kg
Body: 0.81 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1230 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 347 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 242 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
312 minutes (2G)
318 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 1 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.0 x 6.0 x 1.1 cm
(4.3 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 107 grams
(3.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 360 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.45 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Optical pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser BlackBerry Browser
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Blackberry)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 2x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Bellagio

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