The BlackBerry Bold 9790 looks set to be on many a Christmas present list this year, but hopeful BlackBerry devotees may have to accept an IOU, since manufacturers RIM, having already announced the Indonesian launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9790 towards the end of November 2011, are aiming to have it on the UK market some time in early 2012.
When the BlackBerry Bold 9790 does hit the UK, BlackBerry fans are in for a treat – and something of a shock, since it’s very different from the current generation of BlackBerry devices. Of course, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 runs the BlackBerry 7 operating system, just like the current generation of BlackBerrys, but according to Chris Velazco from Techcrunch, “that’s about where the similarities stop”.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 has a curvier design that its forerunners, with a layered effect similar to the one seen in the BlackBerry Curve 9360. In terms of build quality, it’s impressive, with a solid feel in the hand.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the latest in RIM’s 9700 series of diminutive devices, measuring just 110mm by 60mm by 11.4mm with a pocket-friendly weight of approximately 107g. The BlackBerry Bold 9790’s display screen takes the ideal of “small is beautiful” seriously, measuring just 61.97mm (or 2.44 inches) with 360×480 pixels and 256dpi resolution. It’s a small touchscreen, of course, but it doesn’t suffer for its size – the BlackBerry Bold 9790’s LCD clarity can hold its own against any other display, and it’s as perfectly responsive and fluid as that of any other BlackBerry device, registering your scrolls and swipes swiftly.
RIM and BlackBerry are known for the quality and usability of their keypads, and the BlackBerry Bold 9790 continues this tradition, with a fret-style QWERTY keypad with angled keys with raised notches which act as a handy guide to help you find your way around and which are pleasingly chunky to the thumb during use. Plus, of course, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 has the optical trackpad common to all BlackBerrys.
Turn the BlackBerry Bold 9790 over and you’ll see a powerful and easy-to-use 5 megapixel camera, which features flash and continuous autofocus. With its small size and quick response time the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is perfect for whipping out and snapping memories on the spur of the moment. If stills aren’t quite enough for you, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 has VGA video recording capabilities, enabling you to capture your antics in great quality film. You can keep up with friends by sending them your pictures and videos via BBM.
There’s plenty of room to save all your photos and films on the BlackBerry Bold 9790’s 8GB internal storage memory, and this is further expandable via the microSD memory card slot which supports cards up to 32GB in size. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 has a powerful 1GHz MG1 Marvel Tavor CPU – an update on its predecessor – coupled with 768MB RAM.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is packed with features to make your life just that little bit easier. For example, 3.5G connectivity comes as standard, as does WiFi, so you’ll be able to harness everything the internet has to offer, wherever you are. And if you don’t know where you are, use the BlackBerry Bold 9790’s built-in GPS to find yourself again.
With all these features, we can see why BlackBerry themselves have described the BlackBerry Bold 9790 as “the ultimate productivity tool for both professional and personal use”.