BlackBerry Bold 9790/Onyx III/Bellagio Review

Though it won’t get any awards on hardware and depicts same design as its earlier siblings, BlackBerry Bold 9790 is worth mentioning for the sake of staunch RIM’s fans. You’ll notice same corporate styling that’s been RIM’s center of excellence for years featuring a classic BlackBerry full QWERTY keyboard rapped around the bottom of phone’s front panel and svelte lines that you’ll find valuable. Not everything on Bold 9790 is typical to the rest of BlackBerry devices out there, it’s a hybrid phone courtesy of a small capacitive touch-screen. The phone comes with RIM’s BlackBerry 7 operating system underneath, which’s out-dated and disappointing if you’re not a diehard, you’ll be better-off with an iPhone or Android handset where you can access apps galore. Having said that, BlackBerry Bold 9790 can’t be demonized in entirety and it would tantamount to untruthfulness trying to do so, as some specs are worth appreciating. It has a solid build quality and feels sturdy enough to escape damages from minor accidents.

Amidst launching a new operating system in the course of the year, BlackBerry fans are better-off waiting for the latest platform as an upgrade isn’t always guaranteed. Despite RIM’s platform struggling against iOS and Android, it has stunning messaging features that comes onboard BlackBerry Bold 9790, but rates poorly in apps galore. It has a tiny screen that’s not suited for web browsing and may not be effective for touch-commands; however, tapping on the QWERTY keypad using your fingers should do the magic. BlackBerry Bold 9790 is over-priced just like the rest of RIM’s devices; you’re better-off with a Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation or LG Prada 3.0/K2/P940with a similar price range. The Bold 9790 has a diminutive 2.45inch capacitive screen with a resolution of 480×360 pixels, about 246ppi pixel density, which is enough to promise sharp/crisp text and images, larger screens at the same resolution will appear over-pixilated.
Email and messaging have been BlackBerry’s center of excellence for years, and as you’d expect, BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes with all messaging features, you can link your Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoomail accounts on the go. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook are well catered for; in fact, you can connect Facebook with your BlackBerry calendar and contacts. A 1.0GHz single-core processor underneath isn’t the snappiest we’ve seen, however, it’s enough to afford faster menus and undemanding apps. It has a fairly smaller design that feels plasticky but retains that professional touch, there’s a chrome trim on the edges but finished with a rubberized, gun metal back plate that happily sits on the palm.
BlackBerry Bold 9790/Onyx III/Bellagio Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: BlackBerry 7.0 OS
  • Processor: 1GHz Marvel Tavor MG1
  • Display : 2.45inch (480x360p) (245ppi) TFT, Capacitive, 16m colors
  • Primary Camera: 5.0Megapixel (2592x1944p), Auto-focus, LED flash
  • Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 8GB internal, 768MB RAM
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • Internet: 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Other ft: NFC (carrier dependent), GPS, Geo Tagging, Face detection
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1230mAh
BlackBerry Bold 9790/Onyx III/BellagioPrice in Kenya: Kshs.45500


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