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?
Review of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 for Verizon and Sprint
3 July 2010
Summary: The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is the follow-up device to the Verizon Wireless (and Sprint) BlackBerry Tour 9630 smartphone. Much of the device remains very similar, including many of the specs and overall design, but the Bold 9650 also offers twice the memory of the Tour, adds WiFi support, and also includes the optical trackpad that's also found on the Verizon Wireless Curve 8520 and on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 available on AT&T and T-Mobile USA.
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.
Excerpt: Just like the Sprint version, the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 for Verizon brings an update to the carrier’s BlackBerry Tour. It’s not a major overhaul but brings some nice enhancements, including Wi-Fi, double the onboard memory, and an optical touchpad, to make it a worthwhile upgrade. In this review, we will focus on the Verizon-specific features and performance.
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.
Summary: The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a nice addition to RIM's CDMA lineup. Strong signal strength, combined with decent battery life and international capabilities will make for a great device for any individual that travels regularly. Despite that, it's more of a revision than it is an upgrade, so if you're using a Tour 9630, Curve 8500 series, or Bold 9700, the Bold 9650 isn't anything new. What's more, at $199.99, it runs a dangerous risk of being flanked by the EVO 4G and...
Pros: Additional system memory helps general performance; trackpad and Wi-Fi are also welcome improvements.
Cons: More of a revision than an entirely new model. At $199, it's also way too expensive.