BlackBerry Bold 9780 Onyx 2: Review

BlackBerry Bold 9780 Onyx 2: Review

Previously created a huge fan of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 aka Onyx, and until now have not been accomplished. Now, already present a new version that was asked as complement the first Onyx, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 aka Onyx 2.


Indeed, striking changes that try to offer this handheld camera that already exist at 5MP resolution, while the first Onyx just 3.2 MP. Sure, the interface is brought Onyx 2 is also much better and more interactive than the old Onyx. This is related to the implementation of most operating systems are released BlackBerry gress, namely OS v6.0. Those who are still curious, about what else this new Onyx has to offer, please follow the following reviews.

As an identical twin, of course, physical appearance Bold 9780 aka Onyx 2 is identical to the Bold 9700. This means that the texture of the body, the structure of the keypad, as well as the laying of the navigation bar (trackpad and softkey), port connections and the enhancements were identical. When compared to the Bold 9000, Onyx construction is certainly smaller and compact.

What about the flagship QWERTY keypad BlackBerry Onyx 2 on this? Yes, there was no significant difference compared to his eldest brother. Stay cozy, comfortable and certainly facilitate the process of typing a message (SMS) and Email.

Characteristic generation preserved Bold Onyx 2 is loh. Just look at the orange peel texture that is in the back cover. Begtitu well as the mechanism to open the battery cover, remains the same as the old Onyx. Namely, the model slide down instead of using a lock mechanism like other BlackBerry types.

Overall, the design of the Bold 9780 is like the spitting image of the Bold 9700. So, who are used to make first use of Onyx or at least Curve 8520 aka Gemini, will not be awkward again in the run.

New OS

Like the BlackBerry 9800 Torch, a lot of new things that can be found on the latest operating system (OS 6.0) which brought the Bold 9780. Most of the directly visible from the structure of the interface, as well as basic settings, which certainly would confuse a novice user as well as those already using the older version of the BlackBerry.

Access the menu for example, no longer can be opened simply by pressing the BlackBerry icon. But, using the method of area click on the drop down menu or by pressing the arrow at the bottom of the home screen to open the menu window. Same as menu access methods on Android phones. It could also, after pressing the BlackBerry menu select Open Tray.

In addition, the ranks of the main menu on the home screen Onyx 2 is also subdivided into several sliding window, like a widget. Generally, this menu contains the search window of the main features by category. There All Menu, Favorites, Media, Downloads and Frequent.

Other changes can also be directly perceived suite of applications built on the BlackBerry (Core and Add-On), which on average had berembel appendage except the BlackBerry Messenger v6.0 and Third Party applications. Even so, the display and application version still has the most up to date. Â

One more, through our innate feature can directly monitor the activities related to utilization of the operating system and memory, without the need to use a special code (keyboard combination). This allows us to calculate and determine what program or application that needs to be added or removed from memory.

If dikomparasi directly with older OS versions, of course, acceleration and performance of the new OS is much better and full power. Included in the use of battery power that could be more friendly again. However, for older users Onyx (v5.0) is actually already prepared the BlackBerry version of the OS upgrade to v6.0 as well

Browsers, Internet and Connectivity

Application of the new operating system also impact on karakteristrik internet browser, which is now more flexible and cool, thanks to the WebKit platform support. Display as well as his browser menu structure was much more smooth, including flash support which is close to the ability of the computer desktop. We can also display multiple Web pages at once in the options tab. Anyway, the thrill surfing in cyberspace become more exciting.

For the purposes of the Internet, Bold 9780 still supported high-speed data path as the Bold 9700. Namely, it is HSDPA with a maximum data speed reaches 3.6 Mbps. Speed ​​browsing using the BlackBerry APN and operators fairly equivalent. If the cover was not the 3G network, customers can also use the path to EDGE or GPRS data speed is certainly under 3G. As an alternative connections, Onyx 2 is also equipped with WiFi.

While the transfer of media files, entrusted to the Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR connection with a fairly complete profile. If the older operating system or type of previous BlackBerry we have to open the menu Receive Using BlackBerry is in the Media folder when I want to receive audio / video / photo, the Onyx is not anymore. During the Bluetooth pairing between the handheld is connected, we can accept files easily and smoothly as most Bluetooth phones.

Media other connections are also provided Bold 9780 is microUSB. We can use it to connect the handheld to the PC, and make it as mass storage or modem internet via PC Suite.

Office & Messaging

BlackBerry His name of course not separated from service and messaing office, offered through the package BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) or BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server). Champion is the Push Mail feature, which can add up to 10 email accounts.

No less interesting is the messaging service via BlackBerry Messenger application, Instant messaging client applications such as Yahoo Messenger, Google, AOL, MSN and ICQ. We can also enjoy two-way communication via social networking service Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and so on. But of course, we must subscribe to one of the packages offered by operators which towed the BlackBerry. New deh can enjoy all the facilities offered. If not subscribe, it's useless have a BlackBerry.

For additional office features, the BlackBerry apps editors typically provide document files (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) the DataViz Office To Go trial version (for editors) and free (for viewer), including a PDF viewer. If you want the full version, we have to buy a license first.


Although more inclined used for business, Onyx 2 remains to integrate the entertainment sector as a facility that is interesting. Application of the new OS at least also brought changes in the multimedia side of this.


The camera is embedded in the rear body Bold 9780 has a powerful 5 MP. This is the second noticeable difference after the Operating System, when compared to the Bold 9700 (Onyx first). LED flash, autofocus and geotagging so that additional features are also still available. For the photograph, of course the camera Onyx 2 is much more mighty than the Curve 9000 and Bold 9700. When compared with the BlackBerry 9800 Torch equally 5MP, recorded balanced.

Images that successfully captured the camera lens can be translated in an image with natural texture and quality as the original object. Sharper and clearer. Essentially noise-free and is satisfactory.

Music and Video Players

System software used for the media is certainly the standard and typical BlackBerry. Support files are quite large. Began to MP3, AAC, WAV, 3gp, MP4, DivX and Xvid can be executed properly and smoothly.

Especially for an audio player, the latest system offers the capability of synchronizing with a PC media player programs such as Windows Media Player and iTunes. That is, the performance of the BlackBerry media player equivalent to Apple's iPod.

Problem audio output, Onyx 2 is equipped with powerful speakers premises funnel that exists between the camera lens and LED flash. Performance is slightly better than the BlackBerry Storm speakers. Audio comes out pretty hard but still soft and pleasant to hear. Another alternative is offered to enjoy audio via a headset connector 3.5 mm audio jack or Bluetooth stereo headset that supports A2DP profile.

In addition, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 has also been added to the facility and also Podcast Slacker Radio application. Two of these features can be used as a substitute for conventional FM radio which was never available in any type BlackBerry.


To run OS v6.0 brings, Bold 9780 relies on a processor with a clock speed of 624 MHz. This is equivalent to that of the Bold 9700 and Curve 9000. But for the RAM, slightly above the Bold 9780 Bold 9700. Ie, 512 MB RAM and 256 MB of storage. Compare also with the Bold's 1GB 9000 is reached. So, make a hobby of collecting applications must be truly wise and selective. If not, we are guaranteed Bold 9780 will slow.

Onyx 2 also provides a microSD expansion memory slot. Reaches its maximum capacity of 32GB, and in the sales package is provided free of 2GB microSD card.

In the power sector, Bold 9780 equipped with a battery type and capacity similar to the Bold 9700 and Curve 9000, the lithium ion 1500 mAh. In normal conditions the hell can last up to two more daily. But if the intensity of the use of continuous BIS service, including all applications that are connected to enable the data and the selection of 3G networks, battery power will be guaranteed to have fallen so drastically.

Application and Installation

Application of the latest operating system at least Onyx 2 also affects the default set of applications. Just look at the widget YouTube application for streaming video. There are also Social feeds, the content around social networking services (Facebook, BBM, Twitter and Instant Messaging).

To navigate via GPS technology, Onyx 2 entrust BlackBerry Maps as a digital map. His version was already filmed the latest Tele Atlas, and remain integrated with Google Maps.

The presence of BlackBerry Applications World, can be used to enrich and personalize your BlackBerry Bold 9780 is. Available thousands of applications available for download, either free or paid. But again, we must be wise to select and add applications to the Onyx 2, one-one on the home screen you will emerge Bold 9780 hourglass continuously.


The common thread that can be drawn from the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the change in the interface. Which of course related to the application of the latest BlackBerry OS. It is indeed not simply be claimed to improve performance and overall performance of these Onyx 2. Moreover, any software upgrades are offered for users of older Onyx. Now, with the use of this brand-new OS actually create new problems. Create a BlackBerry user older, of course, have to learn again and adjust to the character and this OS interface.

However, improvements in the camera can at least cover up this weakness. Similarly, the performance of Bluetooth which can now be used more easily and conveniently for the purposes of exchanging files.


2G, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100

Dimensions / Size
Size / Weight:
109 x 60 x 14 mm / 122 g

Type: TFT, 65K colors
Size: 480 x 360 pixels, inches 2:44
- QWERTY keyboard
- Touch-sensitive optical trackpad

Audio Jack: 3.5 mm audio jack
Features: Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone: Yes

Internal: 256 MB storage, 512 MB of RAM
External: microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB card included

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g, UMA
Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared: No
Cable / Port: Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Primary (rear): 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary (front): No
Video Record: Yes

Operating System (OS): BlackBerry OS 6.0
CPU: 624 MHz processor
Browser: HTML
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Java: Yes, MIDP 2.0
Radio: No

Stand by: Up to 528 h (2G) / Up to 408 h (3G)
Talk Time: Up to 6 h (2G) / Up to 6 h (3G)
Type: Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh

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