By Chuong Nguyen | March 15, 2011 4:02 PM
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. the Bold 9650 represents a merge of the Tour line into the BlackBerry Bold product line and joins the Bold 9700, the device’s GSM counterpart for AT&T and T-Mobile.
The new Blackberry phone adds WiFi, more RAM, and a trackpad from its predecessor, the BlackBerry Tour. Physically, the Bold looks identical to the Tour and is slightly more wider than the GSM Bold 9700.
Users familiar with the BlackBerry operating system will feel right at home with the BlackBerry 5 OS on the Bold 9650. The device also comes with a number of Sprint apps at no extra charge to give users added value, including turn by turn voice guided GPS navigation via Sprint Navigation, NFL and Nascar apps, and a Sprint TV app that gives users streaming on-demand videos and Internet radio.
In terms of hardware, the Bold 9650 smartphone offers a comfortable, solid experience. The keyboard has a contiguous key layout with ridges making for a great typing experience in a small space–the keyboard on the Bold 9650 seems to have a little less of an arc design than the one on the Tour 9630. Additional features to review include a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash, 2.4-inch HVGA display, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and the device comes pre-bundled with a 2 GB microSD card. The speakers sound very crisp and loud and the earpiece speaker offers excellent sound quality for calls.
The new Blackberry Bold 9650 is now available from Sprint and retails for $200 after rebates and with a two-year contract.