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BlackBerry Bold 9790 - Messaging, Contacts and Calling

By Edward Chester

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Our Score:

6

If there's one thing BlackBerrys can be relied upon for it's good messaging services, and so it is here. Setup can be a bind but once done you get a fast and reliable email service. You can either view all your email accounts in one folder, along with your social network messages (and messages from any other app that you let have access) or you can view them separately. Text messages are kept in a separate folder.

As mentioned, we found the typing experience generally quite good – bar those slightly awkward edge buttons – though as died in the wool touchscreen users now, our typing pace was half what we can achieve on an iPhone or Android. We do, though, like how you can simply start typing when on the homescreen and the phone will start searching for what you type.

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The signature BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service is of course on hand and it's as useful and fun as ever. Whether you're organising a meeting, a footy match or a riot, it's still among the best ways to keep in touch with a whole group of people or individuals at once, with notifications letting you know when messages have been received and read. The ability to add a contact by simply scanning their barcode is also a real boon.

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Contacts can also be populated by logging into your Facebook and email accounts, as well as being input by hand or copied from your SIM. However, pictures aren't automatically pulled in and there's no integration of messages, updates or online pictures in the contact's profile.

Go into a contact on many Androids or a Windows Phone and you'll find all sorts or real time updates and extra bits of info. It's not always massively useful but it's a nice to have that is missing here.

If all you want to do is call you buddies, though, then the 9790 will do you proud. Not only is it quick and easy to find a contact by simply starting to type either their name or number when on the homescreen but call quality is also good. The earpiece is loud, as is the loudspeaker, although recipients of your calls will have to pick out your voice from the background noise, as there is no active noise cancellation.

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Peter

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.

Peter

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.

Louise

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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