RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone
BlackBerry Bold 9780 review: RIM's latest BlackBerry Bold may look the same as its predecessor, but more memory and the new BlackBerry 6 OS are welcome additions
- BlackBerry 6 OS
- More RAM than predecessor
- Best-in-class keyboard and e-mail
- Browser much improved but still inferior to iPhone/Android
- BlackBerry 6 OS better suited to touchscreen navigation
- Less apps than competitors
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class e-mail capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
Price$ 899.00 (AUD)
RIM's latest BlackBerry Bold offers an upgrade rather than a revolution. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 looks identical to its Bold 9700 predecessor, but features more memory and the new BlackBerry 6 OS. A refreshed home screen, various software enhancements and a better Web browser are improvements.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone has an almost identical design to its Bold 9700 predecessor. A glossy black bezel surrounds the edges (rather than a chrome one) and the keyboard curves slightly upwards at the ends. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a very comfortable size to hold and feels well built; the battery cover is study and doesn't rattle or wiggle when pressed.
Despite a small, 2.4in display, the Bold 9780's screen is one of the best we've seen on a BlackBerry; it is bright and possesses good viewing angles. Like most BlackBerry smartphones, the Bold 9780 has a best-in-class physical keyboard that provides great tactility and is comfortable to type on for long periods.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is controlled mainly via an optical trackpad. It has no moving parts and you simply glide your finger across an almost flat surface. The speed of on-screen movement and scrolling using the trackpad takes a little getting used to, but it is responsive; its sensitivity can be changed in the settings menu.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 runs BlackBerry 6 OS. The home screen looks attractive, and uses a very handy notifications bar that drops down when you select it. This shows all your notifications including e-mail, calendar, text messages, and social network updates. The BlackBerry OS 6 also integrates "Social Feeds," aggregating feeds from Facebook, Twitter, RSS and BlackBerry Messenger among others.
The BlackBery Bold 9780 uses what RIM calls a "drawer" to store applications. Swiping across the screen will access different draws; all of your applications (main menu), your favourite apps (user definable), media, downloads from BlackBerry App World, and frequently used applications. Unfortunately, these drawers can't be edited or modified, apart from choosing what to place in each one.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 has an excellent universal search tool, and the handset offers a much better Web browsing experience than previous BlackBerry devices. Zooming in on a block of text automatically makes it fit to the width of the screen, and you can open new Web pages in tabs (then scroll through them using an excellent Cover Flow–like view). Panning around a page using the cursor and clicking links is still inferior compared to other handsets. There is also no Flash support.
Though many aspects of BlackBerry OS 6 have been improved we still feel it is best used with a touchscreen. For example, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 enables you to tap the notifications bar for notifications, the clock to set an alarm and the speaker to access sound profiles; all more intuitive than using the trackpad to scroll around the screen.
Being a BlackBerry device, e-mail support is as strong as ever. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 supports e-mail services through the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) and BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES). Microsoft Word and Excel documents can be edited and viewed thanks to the on-board Word To Go and Sheet To Go applications. In addition to 3G connectivity, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 has Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth capabilities.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 provides access to BlackBerry App World, RIM's third-party app store. It doesn't boast the same number of apps as Apple's App Store or Google's Android Market, but paid apps can be purchased in Australia (using PayPal) and most of the popular apps (such as Facebook, Twitter, eBay and Windows Live Messenger) are available.
The Bold 9780 is also capable media player that features a refreshing interface, and the 5-megapixel camera also doubles as a video recorder. One real positive is the BlackBerry 9780's battery life — it often lasted almost three days during testing, placing it far ahead of most of its rivals and making it a handy device for road warriors.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 2 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 4 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 5 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
Latest News Articles
- Pixel 2: Everything we know about Google’s next flagship phone
- OnePlus 5 rumors: Everything we know about the upcoming budget flagship
- Google makes the best Android apps easier to find with Android Excellence
- Motorola's Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods
- Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector
PCW Evaluation Team
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
- Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- Review: Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTMobile DeveloperWA
- FTSenior UX DesignerOther
- CCScrum Master / Project ManagerNSW
- CCJava DeveloperWA
- FTFull Stack . NET DeveloperNSW
- FTTechnical Business AnalystNSW
- TPSenior Biztalk ConsultantVIC
- CCTRIM Support OfficerACT
- CCBusiness Operations Engineer (ICT and Finance)QLD
- FTSenior Consultant TechnicalNSW
- CCJava Developer with Guidewire ExperienceQLD
- FTUI / UX LeadQLD
- CCSenior .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCServiceNow Technical Architect - CANBERRA BASEDSA
- CCSenior Developer - C#, .NETVIC
- FTPERMANENT Business AnalystsACT
- CCServiceNow Consultant - BrisbaneVIC
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- FTIntermediate BI DeveloperOther
- FTJunior PMO AnalystACT
- FTPrinciple Cloud AWS Transformation Lead - Perm - Telco - Nth SydNSW
- CCJunior Coordinator-Risk and Compliance--BathurstNSW
- FTIOS DeveloperWA
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- TPExpression of Interest - Multiple RolesACT