BLACKBERRY BOLD 9790: Total value for money

Dec 20 2012, 10:00 IST
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SummaryBruce Perens famously said, “Choose your logic. Choose your percentage”. Contextually, Research in Motion has been reported to be losing subscribers leaving it in droves for a fancy iPhone or Android platforms.

True multitasking is a breeze on this BlackBerry device

Bruce Perens famously said, “Choose your logic. Choose your percentage”. Contextually, Research in Motion (RIM) has been reported to be losing subscribers leaving it in droves for a fancy iPhone or Android platforms. Analysts of all hues croaked about being in a death spiral. Amid tumbling stocks, motivated negative cannards by technology websites and high profile resignations, RIM released updates to OS 7 and announced Blackberry 10 OS due to release next year.

This reviewer upgraded to BlackBerry Bold 9790 from prior Curve Series phone. The difference in sleek build quality (110 mm x 60 mm x 11.4 mm) and tapered design was immediately apparent. A volume rocker and convenience key is on the right of the phone with lock button on top of unit. After first boot, a helpful set up screen allows various tweak options with a smooth transition affected through phone switcher.

The touch and type phone has a brilliant capacitive touchscreen (2.45 inches), 480 x 360 pixels of resolution and 245 ppi pixel density. A hybrid approach works best in this reviewer’s opinion since a pure touch interface is good enough for brief bursts of activity alone. Even after screen’s brightness is reduced to minimum, it is functional with crisp legible text in direct bright sunlight without squinting your eyes.

Bold has littany of standards compliant connectivity options, from 3G to Bluetooth and “low power” near field communications (NFC). A software upgrade made the phone capable of acting as a mobile hotspot with connected Wi-Fi. The crowning glory for any BlackBerry handset is the physical keyboard and with strategically angled keys, it has reached it’s zenith with Bold series. A back up service, BlackBerry Protect has to be installed which allows OTA sync and back up of essential services. This reviewer adores the LED coverage indicator which turns red in case of any pending notification.

This review doesn’t cover the hardware specifications; suffice to say, Bold has gutsy innards to run Java based OS 7 effectively. A decent, 5 MP with flash, camera allows to shoot pictures of acceptable quality.

This reviewer often faces pointed questions about availability of applications. The apps don’t run the smart phone, it’s other way round. Unlike Google’s ecosystem being full of malware and Apple’s walled garden approach through its proprietary and bloated iTunes interface, BlackBerry is functional with plethora of options for fine tuned granular control

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