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.
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.
Conclusion: If you're a BlackBerry person, the Bold 9650 is tops in the carton. It's got a very good keyboard (though small, especially compared to the relative behemoth Bold 9000 ), good looks, good build quality and rock solid stability. We find the small, relatively high resolution display hard on the eyes, especially when web browsing and would put up with a larger phone to get a bigger screen.
Pros: Great voice quality, speedy. Optical trackpad is wonderful.
Cons: Small screen, middling reception, not much sex appeal.
Summary: Even with BlackBerry OS 6 on the horizon, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 from Sprint is still a very good smart phone. Yes, it’s lacking the better browser, 720p video recording, and 4G data of the identically priced HTC Evo 4G, but it’s a great business tool for road warriors who prefer a physical keyboard and longer endurance. And, unlike the Evo 4G, you can stay connected overseas.
Pros: Great design with comfortable keyboard, Easy-to-use optical trackpad, Sharp 3.2-MP camera,
Cons: Lackluster web browser, Doesn't support 802.11n, Low-res camcorder,
Excerpt: It also sports a superb keyboard and excellent messaging features. On the other hand, the BlackBerry OS lacks innovation and the BlackBerry Bold 9650's web browser isn't on par with what you'd find on an Android phone or the iPhone.
Conclusion: The camera feature has become a vital addition for any mobile phone. There are numerous users that decide on purchasing a device after considering the camera characteristics of a device. However, the BlackBerry phones are not very famous for featuring excellent cameras and 9650 Bold is not an exception either. The mobile phone includes a simple 3.15 mega pixel camera, which provides the resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.