The 10 Coolest Smartphones Of 2011


8: Blackberry Bold 9790

Not deterred by serious network outages this year, Research in Motion's strategy has been full steam ahead with the November release of a pair of major new devices. Espousing the more traditional RIM design (with physical QWERTY keyboard) is the Blackberry Bold 9790, a slimmer, more powerful candy bar than its predecessor, the 9780.

The 9790 is built around a 1 GHz Marvel processor, 8 GB of memory, five megapixel auto-focus camera, 2.5-inch (480 x 360 pixel) capacitive touch screen and microSD slot that supports memory expansion to 32 GB. Measuring 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches, the Bold also is equipped with Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, UMA and WiFi a/b/g/n radios and runs Blackberry OS 7. A redesigned keyboard wraps left- and right-edge keys slightly around the corners.