Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 9, 2013

If you compare the Blackberry Q10 and the Blackberry Bold 9790, which one is technically the better phone? Does the 3.1-inch screen on the Q10, outdo the Bold 9790’s 2.4-inch display? What’s the processor like? How fast is it? All of these questions are answered below…

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Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it.

Blackberry Q10 VS Blackberry Bold 9790
Display 3.1-inch Super AMOLED 2.4-inch LCD
Resolution 720 x 720 pixels
(328.387 PPI)
480 x 360 pixels
(250.0 PPI)
Keyboard QWERTY QWERTY
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1GHz single core Marvel Tavor MG1
Software Blackberry 10 Blackberry 7
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP No
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Size 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.3mm 60.0 x 110.0 x 11.4mm
Weight 139g 107g
Talktime 10.0 hours 5.0 hours
Standby TBC 430 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope and Blackberry Maps GPS/A-GPS, NFC and Blackberry Maps

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 fight plays out…

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Q10 lists NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. Data downloads will zip over 4G (if your network supports it). Blackberry’s Bold 9790, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR. No 4G on the 9790 though.
— The Q10 wins (1-0)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Size/Weight

How do these two handsets match up in terms of size? The Q10 is a neat 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.3mm handset. While the Bold is 110.0 x 60.0 x 11.4mm. Overall, the 9790 is the smaller phone. Weighing 107g, the Bold 9790 is also 32g lighter than the Q10, which weighs 139g. At the end of this round, the Bold 9790 ties the scores, but there are eight rounds left.
— The Bold 9790 wins (1-1)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Camera/Video

Blackberry has built a 8.0 Megapixel lens into the Q10 together with features such as autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. For video calls, there’s also a 2.0 Megapixel front-facing camera.

In this round, the Bold 9790 comes off second best. Its 5.0 Megapixel lens (with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording) falls short. The highest resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels.
— The Q10 wins (2-1)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Display

The Q10 features a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display, 3.1 inches across with a quoted resolution of 720 x 720 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a sky-high 328.387. As for the keyboard, it’s a compact QWERTY layout.

XXXX pointy arrow The Blackberry Q10 features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 720 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 328.387.

The 2.4-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Bold 9790 is significantly smaller. In this battle, it suffers from a lower screen resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a lowly, last-generation 250.0. There’s also a QWERTY keyboard for data entry, a Blackberry hallmark.
— The Q10 wins (3-1)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Processor

How fast are these two handsets? The specs reveal that the Bold 9790 uses a single core Marvel Tavor MG1, rated at 1GHz. The Q10′s processor is a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip. Whoosh!
— The Q10 wins (4–1)

Half-time: Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790

We’re halfway through this fight and the Q10 leads by 3. The second half is about to start. Can the Bold 9790 mount a fight-back?

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-3)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Storage

This round is about the storage options. The Blackberry Q10 is only available in one configuration with 16GB of storage. The Blackberry Bold 9790 also comes with one storage option – 8GB. The Q10 naturally wins the internal storage battle with 16GB, compared to 8GB on the Bold 9790. Of course, the Q10 also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 32GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 48GB. The 8GB storage capacity on Blackberry’s phone can also be expanded to 40GB via the built-in microSD slot.
— The Q10 wins (7-3)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Q10 and the Bold 9790 share the points (8-4)

Blackberry Q10 vs. Blackberry Bold 9790 – Extras

Finally, the Q10 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope and Blackberry Maps. In comparison, the Bold 9790 features GPS/A-GPS, NFC and Blackberry Maps
— The Q10 wins (9-4)

BPF Verdict: The Blackberry Q10 wins! (9-4)

No surprises here as new tech beats old tech. The Blackberry Q10 has the best connectivity, a more modern 8.0MP camera and a 3.1-inch 720 x 720 pixel display with a PPI of 328.387. It’s also got a faster processor, has the most memory and, when the final stats are in, probably has a meatier battery life. What’s not to like? The Q10 is one helluva Blackberry.

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