Smartphones are getting more and more capable with every new release, so at first glance, analysts are not exactly sure if the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is high tech and up to date enough to past muster. Their skepticism is mainly due to the fact that, these days, a smartphone without a touch screen is hardly even worth mentioning. However, RIM does manage to pack some solid features into its new release to make up for that yawning gap in capability. Read the rest of this BlackBerry Bold 9780 review to see where the device really shines and where it’s left in the dust by its competitors.
Users who are fans of earlier BlackBerry designs will continue to admire the new model, since the outer look of the 9780 is virtually identical to that of the Blackberry Bold 9700. It features the same 480×360 2.44 inch screen with half of the handset devoted to the surprisingly popular QWERTY keyboard. The keys are relatively small, but with some practice it is very easy to get used to the button placement, and there almost seems to be no need for a touch screen. BlackBerry has long been championed as the best mobile email device, and that legacy continues with this model. Most users even unanimously agree that heavy typing is much easier on a physical keyboard.
Where the outside of the device has remained unchanged, the internal hardware has experienced a number of upgrades. The Blackberry Bold 9780 features 512 Mb RAM, up from the 256 Mb in the 9700 model, which really makes a noticeable difference in how smoothly the OS runs. On the subject of the operating system, the Bold 9780 features the Blackberry 6 OS as well. The built in camera is now 5 megapixels, although the video capture was not upgraded to 720p, which is fast becoming the standard on other smartphones. However, reviewers agree that the camera still has an enviable clarity, making for clear pictures and videos.
While it’s relatively easy to get past the lack of a touch screen in most of the on-board systems, web browsing can get pretty tedious with the physical controls. However, once you look past the controls, the browser itself is very impressive, especially with the tab feature. This feature is used so often on desktops that it is largely taken for granted, but it is still a long way from commonplace in the mobile browsing sector. The Blackberry Bold 9780 has 3G as well as Wi-Fi capability and the quality of the connection is rarely an issue.
- 3G HDSPA 850/1900/2100
- 109 x 60 x 14 mm
- TFT 65k color 480×360 pixel, 2.44 inch screen
- QWERTY keyboard
- 256 Mb storage, 512 Mb RAM
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UMA
- microSD up to 32 Gb
- MicroUSB 2.0 port
- 624 MHz processor
- Blackberry OS 6.0
- 5MP camera 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh
While the lack of a touch screen might first leave new users wary, but they will likely change their tune once they discover the 9780′s new attributes. As for current Blackberry fans, they will have no problem picking up the Bold 9780 and getting right into it. One of the biggest setbacks that this Blackberry Bold 9780 review found is that the Blackberry 6 OS is actually coded with touch screens in mind, and it doesn’t quite carry over to the keyboard-grounded 9780. However, with a little practice, consumers will find this is a smooth, easy to use phone.