Summary: The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 is one of a few phones that will please globe-trotting U.S. Cellular customers.
Pros: The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 has Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and 512MB of onboard memory. It has a nice display and a great optical touch pad. It is a dual-mode device and can work on both GSM and CDMA networks.
Cons: The RIM BlackBerry browser can be tricky to navigate, and it doesn't have OS 6 yet.
Conclusion: As a messaging oriented device the Bold 9650 is simply great. Unfortunately, just being a great messaging device is not enough to satisfy the consumer these days. As the competition becomes tougher from other phonemakers like the Android, RIM needs to innovate itself in order to remain popular. Cell Phone Reviews The Bold 9650 is certainly an improvement over its predecessors but the improvement is only marginal.
Pros: Great business phone, Good close up pictures, Fast and easy to use, Excellent displayMammoth application memory
Cons: Uneven sound produced due to single sound port, Small screen, Cramped up keypad, No touchscreenAbsence of WebKit browser with BlackBerry OS 5.0
Excerpt: A review of the new BlackBerry Bold 9650, the new world phone released for CDMA carriers. The device has a lot going for it, but will a few questionable design decisions be enough to sink this BlackBerry? Read this review to find out.
Excerpt: It has been a long time in the making. The infamous trackball that has graced the faces of so many BlackBerry devices is taking its last few breaths. Those were my initial thoughts, when I heard that there would be a BlackBerry Bold 9650 out to replace the Tour 9630. If you are a Tour owner, or know one, then you are fully aware of the trackball, and its many problems. Could RIM really pull it off though?
Excerpt: We’ve just got the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 in from Sprint and Research in Motion. The Bold 9650 is seen as the successor for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 for CDMA networks–both the Tour and the Bold 9650 are world phones and would operate on Sprint’s CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A network in the US and on GSM/EDGE/HSPA internationally for world travelers.
Conclusion: The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is Verizon's best BlackBerry, but unless you need its enterprise management features, it falls behind the BlackBerry Torch and best-in-class Android and iOS devices.
Pros: Good voice quality. Solid battery life. Good camera. True world phone. Sublime QWERTY keyboard.
Cons: Third-party app selection is slim. Could use a bigger screen. OS feels stale.