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BlackBerry Bold 9790 - BlackBerry OS 7 Interface

By Edward Chester



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The BlackBerry 9790 runs the BlackBerry OS 7 interface, which is a strange mixture of good and bad. On the one hand it's a great improvement over previous BlackBerrys with much slicker, smoother menu transitions, snappy response and plenty of new features. However, on the other hand, there are still a number of strangely fussy menus and it's lacking in some key areas.

Take the main homescreen; in many ways it's brilliantly laid out. It efficiently shows apps, notifications, time, date, battery, signal strength and network, and provides quick access to search and sound profiles.

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However, those apps rather annoyingly don't have text underneath them and the icons are so small it can sometimes be a struggle to remember which one's which. The notifications, also, require you to return to the homepage to call them up.

On Android and iOS you not only get a small message pop up when you receive a message but you can also drag down from the top of the screen (no matter what you're doing) to see all your notifications. On this phone you do get the customary flashing red LED that tells you there's a message/notification awaiting your attention but it's not the same as being able to see the notification itself, and the light is a feature copied on many Androids nowadays anyway.

You also can't add widgets to the homescreen, though frankly we've always been fairly non-fussed about most widgets so their absence is of debatable consequence.

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Visually, many apps and interface elements are still a little clunky with lots of long lists and confirmation boxes, but not only that - they're inefficient as well. Take the Facebook app, for instance. Go to someone's profile and it keeps nearly half the screen filled with the navigation tabs, leaving only a tiny letter box through which to view the content on their wall. It's a similar story for the otherwise very useful social network app.

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Speed isn't a problem, though, with the slick new stylings of Blackberry OS 7 working well in conjunction with the 1GHz Marvel Tavor MG1 processor. Menus glide and flow smoothly while apps open quickly. It's not quite as quick as dual-core handsets but it's definitely nippier than most 1GHz single core Android phones.

The same is true when it comes to gaming. Graphics look good and are rendered smoothly, making for an easy, enjoyable time.

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January 25, 2012, 4:08 am

Also you have option of Blackberry Balance and BES and the other corporate stuff. But that is adding alot to the cost. But with RIM's Mobile Fusion coming along and QNX. Might be hard to put up with for 2 years. Also BlackBerry Traffic is US /Canada only :( and no visual voicemail which you get on iPhone.


January 25, 2012, 4:11 am

Typo the display is 480x360 not 640x480. Please fix.

Martin Daler

January 25, 2012, 3:20 pm

screen resolution differs between spec pages and the first bullet point of your review

David Gilbert

January 25, 2012, 8:26 pm

@Peter @Martin Thanks for the spot, has been remedied now.

Gillian marshall ∞

January 28, 2013, 4:41 pm

I have the 9790 and it has caused me nothing but problems ever since having it. I've had this phone for only 5 months and i have had to send it back numerous times due to problems and had another 9790 send out due to the other being faulty, this one having the same problems as the last. Constantly freezes, flash on camera isn't always reliable, touch screen has stopped working numerous times and has caused me to loose my contacts, apps, messages and files on more than one occasion and also does not charge frequently when plugged in. waste of money.


November 19, 2013, 1:15 pm

This phone is stupid, i've had this phone for 18 months now and I wish I never had got it; the battery only stays on for 7 hours at the most, the phone is easy to break if you accendently dropped it. This phone broke a week and a half after I got it, I have had constantly had to glue parts together as I'm on contract I can't get a New phone until july 2014. I did think it waas a good phone until the loading symbol was constant. When my phone does have the loading symbol it does it for about 15 minutes without changing and the phone heats up and restars the phone which happens to me about 3 times a day. I would get this phone, a Nokia Brick phone is better then this phone!

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