The BlackBerry 9790 looks very similar to a lot of other BlackBerrys. It’s more or less a cheaper model of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. With BlackBerry mobile phones you’ll either love them or hate them, probably depending on whether you prefer QWERTY keyboards over touchscreens. BlackBerry are one of the few companies that still haven’t moved on to touchscreens like other mobile phone companies which could be a dangerous move on their behalf, but what do we think of one of their latest models to come to Europe, the BlackBerry 9790.
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One noticeable difference between the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and previous BlackBerrys is that the 9790 has a smaller keyboard than usual. Some people might assume that this means that it’s much more difficult to use if you’re always texting and so on, but we actually found it easy enough to text on. It’s hard to find a phone with a QWERTY keyboard which is easy to text on without being the phone being too big to carry around with you at all times, but the BlackBerry 9790 could be the right phone if this is what you’re looking for.
The overall build quality is decent for the price tag that’s on the BlackBerry 9790, for the price that most places are charging we can’t complain too much about the materials used to build this phone. However, we just wish that BlackBerry invested a little bit more money on the screen of the 9790. It looks as if the screen can get scratched easily and if you want to keep the same phone for a year or more you’d more than likely have a screen covered in scratches if you buy the BlackBerry 9790. We think that most people would be more than happy to pay a little bit extra so that the screen of the phone wouldn’t get scratched as easily as it does at the moment, but obviously BlackBerry doesn’t agree with us! Although the BlackBerry 9790 is a cheaper version of the 9900 and therefore you’d have to assume that build quality wouldn’t be as good, we’d still like if the build quality was a bit better to be honest.
One thing that has been improved on the BlackBerry 9790 compared to the 9900 is the camera. It comes with a 5MP camera that has auto-focus. You might be thinking to yourself that this isn’t anything special for most smartphones but the BlackBerry 9900 didn’t have an auto-focus option which many people found strange. BlackBerrys excuse for not adding auto-focus to their other phones was that it forced them to make their phones thicker, which wasn’t what most people wanted. This basically meant that if you used your phone for taking pictures a lot you could forget about even considering a BlackBerry which was a real shame. However, now they’ve finally realised that simple little things like auto-focus are important features to people since BlackBerry added it to the 9790 and we’re pleased to say it takes some decent photographs.
The operating system on the BlackBerry 9790 is called OS 7 which just came out around 6 months ago. As usual, the OS is really geared towards people who mainly send text messages and emails on a regular basis. There’s a bar at the top of the screen to allow you to quickly go to an unread message and so on which is a nice touch, although it’s not unique to OS 7 since companies like Apple have started using a similar navigation bar. There are also apps that you can download but sadly since most app developers are staying where the money is (Android and iOS) there isn’t anywhere near as much choice as you’d like. There’s also something called BBM music while is a subscription service but it hasn’t been that popular with a lot of people. As you can see, if you using your phone for just text messaging and emailing then this might be the perfect phone for you, if you’re more interested in more recent mobile phone uses like applications and music we’d recommend that you wait until BlackBerry catch up with the mobile phone market before getting another BlackBerry.
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