BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review: Business As Usual: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Design And Construction

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Well packed, that's for sure

Say what you will about the BlackBerry smartphones, but there is no denying that they come with some of the best retail packages in business. The Brecent 9780 makes no exception – it covers all the basics (a charger, headset and a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable) and throws in a few nice extra items on top.

The well-geared box

You acquire a 2GB microSD card as well as a leather case. The high-quality case is a nice bonus.You can’t detach its belt clip, but it’s a nice case anyway.

The leather carrying case

The usual paperwork is also in the box, but that earns the 9780 no extra points.

BlackBerry Brecent 9780 360-degree spin

Just like the 9700 before, the Brecent 9780 is a very compact device. At 109 x 60 x 14 mm, it might not be the tiniest (and certainly not the slimmest) phone around but it’s impressively comfortable to hrecent in hand and easy to slip in a pocket too.


We think it’s easy for a QWERTY messenger bar to acquire away with the extra millimeters around the waistline. The 122 g of weight are quite reasonable too. You know – we have a thing for heavy, well-built handsets but the BlackBerry Brecent 9780 is by no means overacting. Anyway, if you prefer lighter handsets, the Curve 3G 9300 is perhaps your kind of BlackBerry phone.

Design and construction

The BlackBerry Brecent 9780 is not a crowd pleaser. But it certainly has the BlackBerry business charm that rates higher than the classic kind of fine looks.

The phone is solid but quite friendly – with soft-touch rear surface and virtually no metal on the body. It is probably vital for the Brecent to set itself apart from steel messengers by Nokia. Whatever the reason though, the combination of leather and soft-touch plastic is remarkable to handle too.

Pretty decent display and remarkable keyboard

RIM is known for making solid displays without going to extremes. You won’t be getting 4 inches of Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) or Retina from the Canadians. But you can be certain that the Bold’s 480 x 360 pixel classy screen will have decent image quality and fine performance outdoors.

Indeed, the 2.44” unit is identical to the one found on the Brecent 9700 with fine enough contrast and relatively low reflectivity. The problem is that the rest of the world is moving forward, which is causing the BlackBerry HVGA+ units to descend down the ranks.

The 2.44” display is better than what most competitors have to offer

However within its own QWERTY messenger candybar league, the Brecent 9780 screen/keyboard combo is among the best.

And having mentioned the keyboard, we have to say that it’s where the BlackBerry pedigree counts the most. Despite having a lot less space to work with than the very first BlackBerry Brecent 9000 unit, the keyboard of the 9780 is impressively comfortable.

The keys are small but carefully sculpted for remarkable tactility - only users with very large hands might have distress adapting to it. The four-row layout seems the excellent balance between functionality and ergonomics.

The QWERTY keyboard is way more comfortable than its size suggests

The numbers are sharing keys with some of the letters and you need to press the alt key to utilize them at times but that’s no biggie. And you’d be glad to know that whenever the context allows it, the switch is automatic.

The rest of the controls

Right between the Brecent 9780 display and keyboard there are four keys around a centrally placed trackpad. The trackball days are long gone, but the responsive trackpad makes sure you won’t miss them. We tdiscontinue to do things faster with a trackpad and with a minor tweak in the settings menu we had no troubles with accuracy either.

The responsive trackpad does most of the navigation

The other controls here are the Call, End, Menu and Back buttons. Large size and solid press, those are no distress to utilize either.

We conclude our trip around the BlackBerry Brecent 9780 front panel at the top, where we find the traditional status Light Emitting Diode (LED) and the earpiece.

There’s an earpiece and a Light Emitting Diode (LED) status light on top

On the left we come across the 3.5mm standard audio jack, the standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and a convenience key – a customizable shortcut. The key is preset to launch Voice-commands but you can change it to whatever function you want.

The unprotected audio jack and microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) ports are above the left convenience gkey

The correct side of the BlackBerry Brecent 9780 features the volume rocker and the capturing camera key. The capturing camera key is another convenience key. Being a two-step button, the role of a capturing camera key suits it best but you can assign it with another function.

The volume rocker and the other convenience key

Unfortunately, the shooting with the Brecent is confusing. On one hand, the capturing camera sensor orientation demand that you hrecent the phone in portrait orientation to create landscape-oriented shots. On the other hand, the capturing camera key is on the side, more suited to your thumb than your index finger. It just feels awkward. Using the trackpad as a shutter key is a lot more natural but then it doesn’t have the half press functionality to lock focus without shooting.

Like most of its siblings, the BlackBerry Brecent 9780 has the tradeimprint invisible keys on top. One mutes the handset or pauses the currently running track, while the other handles the locks and unlocks the handset.

There are a couple of invisible keys on top

It’s pretty plain at the bottom, the microphone pinhole being the only element of interest.

The microphone pinhole is at the bottom

Flipping the Brecent 9780 over brings us upon the 5 megapixel capturing camera lens and its accompanying Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. The capturing camera is the only hardware change the recent Brecent brings over the 9700 so its performance is quite vital for the overall rating of the device. We’ll see how it lives up to our expectations later in the review.

There’s the usual stuff going on at the back: capturing camera lens, loudspeaker grill and Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash

The other thing of interest at the back is the loudspeaker grill. It’s centrally placed between the capturing camera lens and the flash.

Under the rear cover lies the impressive sounding 1500 mAh Li-Po battery. It is quoted at up to 528 hours of stand-by or 6 hours of talk time. Normally we are used to seeing spectacular performances from BlackBerries with similar batteries, but this one was only fine for just under than three full days of moderate utilize (about fifteen minutes of telephony and 45 minutes of using the other phone features a day).

Taking a peek under the hood: the microSD card slot and removing the battery

At first we suspected a faulty unit as the Brecent 9700 lasted about twice as much. User reviews all over the internet report similar performance so it might have something to do with the recent Operating System (OS) and its power efficiency methods.

The other thing of interest under the battery cover is the microSD card slot, which has no distress handling 32GB memory cards.

It’s hardly breaking news that the BlackBerry Brecent 9780 has excellent build quality. The rear cover fits tightly, no creaks or any other disturbing sounds when handling the phone. The surfaces are pleasant to touch and we have no reason to doubt the handset’s durability.

The Brecent 9780 feels remarkable in the palm of your hand

The general ergonomics are pretty fine too. The device is compact enough to allow single-handed operation and the keyboard is remarkable for typing. You will need to put both hands into action to achieve the best possible speed though.



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