This is review for the new bold 9790.
The Bold 9790 immediately addresses the two biggest gripes with the bold 9900- it has great battery life and the camera has autofocus. Thank heavens. Compared to the Bold 9700 and 9780, the 9790 packs more power into smaller package. The Bold 9790's style may not be as luxurious as the Bold 9900, but the 9790 really comes across as a getter done work horse, which we love.
No HD video recording on a Bold in 2011? You'd think it's bullocks, but it's true. It makes us sad that RIM couldn't deliver a Blackberry 7 Bold that offered both autofocus and HD video recording this year. And while we like the fact the 9790 has a touchscreen,due to the small-ish size of the display we didn't find ourselves touching the 9790 as much as we do the Bold 9900.
If you're looking for a Blackberry 7 Smartphone with a front facing full physical qwerty keyboard, you have three options, the entry level Blackberry Curve 9350/9360/9370, the flagship Bold 9930/9900, and the Bold 9790, which is positioned as a lower end Bold alternative to the 9900 for those who prefer a smaller phone. Assuming you can afford it, we pretty much always recommend going Bold over Curve.