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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

BlackBerry Bold 9790

Author: Jonathan Munizaga
Photos: Mariano Mancilla

This smartphone was announced in November 2011 and is characterized by incorporating a full QWERTY keyboard, a 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus. It has a 2.4 inch display with a resolution of 480 * 360 pixels and operates with the operating system BlackBerry OS 7.0.

Let’s start!


2G Network: GSM GPRS EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network: HSDPA 900/1700/2100 MHz UMTS

4G: Not available

Dimensions: 110 x 60 x 11.4 mm, weight 107 grams

Display: 2.4 inch Touch TFT with 16 million color, capacitive type, 4:3 image aspect and resolution of 480 x 360 with a density of 245 pixels per inch

Storage: 8 GB MicroSD card expandable internally up to 32 GB

Operating System: BlackBerry OS 7.0

Processor: 1GHz Marvel Tavor MG1

Graphics: Not available

RAM: 768 MB

Camera: 5 megapixel (2592 x 1944) with LED flash and VGA video recording with auto focus

Connector: MicroUSB 2.0 high speed and 3.5mm audio output jack

Wireless connections: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and NFC

Battery: 1230 mAh Standard Li-Ion type, operating at 3.7 volts

Other: QWERTY keyboard, NFC, Optical trackpad, compass, etc.


The design of our protagonist is very similar to other company equipment. The team is basically based on plastic, but from a tough plastic. At the edges and in the upper back, the team has a chrome-colored plastic to match the black color of the front, adding a touch of elegance to our Bold 9790.

The team is very comfortable when taken into the palm of your hand, it is also convenient to carry since it is so small it fits in any pocket and is very thin, hardly enough to feel it when you carry in a pocket.

Now we begin to detail each of the pieces of equipment:

In front of the computer we find its 2.4 inch screen, the center we find four keys: Send – Menu – Back – Finish, and is also the optical trackpad. Below is the full QWERTY keyboard Iconic and consists of 35 keys, a little further down is the microphone, and overhead is the earpiece, the ambient light sensor and LED Notification multicolor.

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On the back of our hero, we find his camera whose resolution is accompanied by a 5-megapixel LED flash. By removing the back cover we find the 1230 mAh battery and below is the SIM card reader and microSD card reader.

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As sides, particularly on the left side, we can only see the 3.5mm phone jack audio output, which will connect any stereo headset.

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On the right side of the device are the volume keys and mute key followed by the control and start the camera, which can also be customized.

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At the top of the team we have a key that will allow you to lock or unlock the touch screen that incorporates our protagonist.

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And finally, in the bottom of the unit we find the MicroUSB port, which lets you connect your computer to computer and also charge the battery. We also see the main microphone.

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The camera integrates the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is 5 megapixels which is accompanied by a LED flash and is capable of recording VGA quality video and integrate some options that allow you to get a better result when making an video or photo.

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Our protagonist will allow you to capture images with a resolution of 2592 x 1944, besides having some customizable settings to improve picture quality, also adding an LED flash for capturing images at a time where there is low light and auto focus.

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Available resolutions of the camera are:

Large 2560 x 1920 (4:3)
Medium 1024 x 768 (4:3)
Small 640 x 480 (4:3)

The camera options are not complete, are very limited unlike those found on other machines with similar characteristics. Here the detail below:

Scene Modes> Auto – Face Detection – Vertical view – Sport – Horizontal view – Fiesta – Close – Snow – Beach – Night – Slate

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Also you can enable or disable geolocation, LED flash, digital zoom, adjust the auto focus and image stabilizer.

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With the BlackBerry Bold 9790 you can make video recordings with a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 at a speed of 30 frames per second as the highest quality. the video is done in 3GP format with AVC codec at 3,525 Kbps, 57.2 Kbps AAC audio, 16.0 kHz, MONO.

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The recording quality profiles that are available are:

Normal 640 x 480
MMS mode 176 x 144

As in the photographic mode, you can also make some adjustments to improve video quality but again are rather limited. Here the detail below:

Scene Mode> Automatic – Vertical view – Horizontal view – Close – Beach

You can also enable or disable the LED flash, autofocus and image stabilizer.

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Then we leave you with a video test, conducted in the highest quality that supports the team:


The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a team that has everything you need to complement your multimedia world, supporting various audio and video so you can avoid the need to be installed and using other players. Our protagonist is able to play audio files MP3, AAC, AAC + and WMA Plus, while video files can play MP4, 3GP, WMV, H.263 and H.264 with a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 up 30 frames per second.

Music Player

The audio player that integrates our character is well rounded and with a friendly interface, getting to show album art to the artist who is playing.

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The music player which integrates our protagonist, has the typical repeat options as “repeat one” or “repeat all”, and integrate the Shuffle playback mode or shuffle mode. The audio quality offered by the player is good, has very high volume output allowing you to enable or disable the “audio power”.

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It also has an equalizer with pre-configured profiles. We will detail the following:

EQ> Off – Low power – Reduce serious – Dance – Hip Hop – Jazz – Lounge – High – R & G – Rock – Power sharp – sharp reduction – Power Voice

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The player directs all your music for sections like Artist, Albums, Genres, by playlists that you create yourself or ultimately choose to display all your songs.

Video Player

The video player that integrates the BlackBerry Bold 9790 has the same interface that has the music player, you can even adjust the equalizer. You can also add subtitles to videos for those movies you want to play in the smartphone.

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The Internet browser that integrates our hero is quite fast and fluid. Not slowed down with pages that have lots of content, on the contrary, very fast loading.

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The browser also lets you open multiple tabs at once, allowing you to have multiple sites open.

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This browser that incorporates the operating system BlackBerry OS 7.0 is 100% suitable for operation with content in HTML5 which works very well. I tried the trial version of YouTube and the videos were played smoothly and with very good quality. This reproduction is realized having 3 tabs open in the browser while playing the video in HTML5, could slip through the site without suffering any slow down the system.

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The GPS of our BlackBerry Bold 9790 works great, takes about 6 seconds to connect, being in an outdoor location.

To use the GPS, the operating system includes an application called "Maps", which allows you to search places and make voice navigation. Unfortunately I found that the maps are rather poor in terms of graphics, but information going well.

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The screen that integrates the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is TFT and has a size of 2.4 inches. Its resolution is 480x360 with a density of 245 pixels per inch and 16 million colors. The display of our protagonist has a 4:3 aspect ratio, is of the capacitive and supports multi-touch.

The screen quality is excellent, has a very good brightness, excellent contrast and definition (for small the screen), and outstanding and vivid colors.

The sensitivity of multi-touch screen works very well and we find the famous "ghost" images when playing very fast or at the time of enjoying a game. We tested also in broad daylight and behaves very well.

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The headset of our protagonist has an excellent sound quality of voice delivery is very definite, clear and very understandable.

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This team has a single speaker, so the audio received is in MONO. The speaker is located on the back of the computer right in the part where there is a small curve. Thanks to this power over the speaker volume is not lost when you leave the computer on a flat surface and also sounds a little louder because the sound bounces.

The speaker quality is good, has good bass, which allows sound to be heard not as sharp and you get to annoying. It has good power in volume and if one leaves it to the fullest, the audio is not distorted, but that depends on the quality and type of music being played through the speaker.

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Operating System

The operating system that operates with the main character is BlackBerry OS 7.0 and it works pretty well, is very fast and fluid.

When somebody says "BlackBerry" immediately came to my mind an operating system complicated to use, tangled and slow. BlackBerry OS 7.0 but surprised with how quickly it works and does not look anything like the previous versions.

I'm impressed with the system of "suspension" that is because it takes one second to start. That if, when you take out the battery, start there if you have completely, a process that takes about a minute or less.

The Home Screen only has a desk which is divided into 3 parts: The first shows the date and time, battery status, signal, operator name, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and alarm. In the second part are the notifications along with the speaker volume and a magnifying glass to search. And in part three we will find our direct access to applications and computer options, enabling us to sort them by categories. All this you can control with optical trackpad or touch screen.

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The contacts menu is extensive and easy to use. There you can add Name, Last Name, add image, number, email, IM address, groups ringtone, management, organization, notes, alias, web site, birthday and anniversary, PIN (BlackBerry Messenger), etc. .

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BlackBerry OS 7.0 there is no media gallery as we see in other operating systems but if we find a menu called "Multimedia" where we find direct access to our music, pictures, videos, video camera, Podcast and Music Store.

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As for social networking, Black Berry OS 7.0 comes equipped with Twitter, Facebook, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Meesenger.

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Over here we can see the app store called BlackBerry App World is not complete. Like any app store, find games and applications, some free and some pay.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is very comprehensive in terms of networking and connectivity, incorporating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity HSDPA, HSUPA and NFC. It is also suitable to operate in most of the world's networks as it supports GSM-GPRS-EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and HSDPA-HSUPA 900/1700/2100.

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The Bluetooth we could try a small transfer an MP3 file with the Galaxy Note (Bluetooth 2.1 v / s 3.0 of the Note) and the transfer does not take long. A file that weighs about 5 MB transferred in just 43 seconds.

The Wi-Fi I liked how it operated as it had an excellent signal reception and a very fast transfer speed. In this RIM can do their work.


The battery that integrates the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the type Li-Ion 1230 mAh, operating at 3.7 volts. According to the manufacturer, the battery has a range that lets you talk up to 5 hours and 10 minutes in 2G mode and up to 5 hours 20 minutes of talks. It also supports up to 432 hours standby on 2G mode and up to 5 hours 20 minutes in 3G mode.

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[06:30 - Battery 100%] switch on my computer which is connected to internet via 3G mobile immediately and remains so throughout the day. I connect my Bluetooth headset and activate the music player to go listen to my music while I go to work. During the trip, I sometimes get emails and I use Twitter and Foursquare but very little. [07:35 - Battery 88%] came to the office and from there I use the computer to use email, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, WhatsApp, Chaton and some calls throughout the day but not so then. [18:00 - Battery 50%] end of my workday and I’m going home again connecting my Bluetooth headset with the music player for listening to my music go and go using instant messaging applications and Twitter. [19:15 - Battery 14%] came to my house and leave the equipment there on standby and occasionally use WhatsApp, Twitter and Chaton. [22:00 - Battery 4%] The team is nearly about to die, so I turn it off and leave it connected to the charger overnight.

In short, the team gave me a range of approximately 15 hours.


The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a very complete in terms of functions. I should point out how well it works its operating system, as it is quite fast and is very fluid.

Its design is very practical, is a team with a fairly light and stylish design well. The quality of the materials with which this equipment was built, seem to be of good quality.

His physical QWERTY keyboard I was quite comfortable, but suddenly going to carry two keys. The optical trackpad is what I like about RIM equipment is very useful and very convenient, especially for reading your Twitter and the Web browser.

The music player like me, has an excellent sound, a very good equalizer and a very good power in volume. The “audio power” found it very useful and good, especially for those hearing aids that do not have enough power required and lack of volume on some computers. Also the GUI is really nice along with the animations.

The camera found normal, capture photos with good quality and even more grateful to have auto focus, as in video mode.

The battery life I found normal, as the typical duration of most smartphones.

Would I buy this team? My answer is: No, just having a very small screen and 4:3. Today the vast majority of content is performed to wide screens, and this content can not be seen well on a square screen. Leaving aside the issue of the screen, the team is excellent, very complete and optimal operating system and fast.

The Unmissable

  • Quickly and smoothly operating system
  • Delay 1 second to start (after being suspended)
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch screen sensitivity
  • The best social networks are already integrated
  • Excellent audio power and sound quality

The unpresentable

  • It has FM Radio
  • VGA video recording
  • Rather small screen
  • Your screen is a fingerprint magnet

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