BlackBerry Bold 9650 in the flesh gets handled

BlackBerry Bold 9650 in the flesh gets handled
At this point in the game, there was little doubt that the BlackBerry Bold 9650 was on its way, but it has yet to have been photographed. Finally, there are some leaked images of the device that clearly wants to differentiate itself from its predecessor; the BlackBerry Tour 9630. Everything about this handset screams what was already seen with the BlackBerry Bold 9700 – almost exactly alike in design. The About Screen offers up some insights as to which carrier might be getting this handset – obviously, we've heard news that it was bound for Verizon and Sprint who carry the current Tour. The QWERTY keyboard is intact and now follows through with the optical trackpad that'll no doubt be less of an issue when compared to the headaches apparently witnessed with the Tour's trackball. With the Bold re-branding, RIM is probably keeping the 96xx name for CDMA phones while the 97xx with be kept for GSM devices. Finally, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 will feature the much beloved Wi-Fi that was lacking on the Tour and OpenGL support.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 Preliminary Specifications

source: CrackBerry



1. Rico Dinero

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 28, 2009


2. totes_magotes unregistered

no more trackball, thank god.

3. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Is it just me or is blackberry getting redone dent, like there isn't much or many changes which each new blackberry that roles around, i mean yeah the track ball is gone but what else? for example whats the difference between the bold 9000 and the bold 9700 beside the no trackball?

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

The size, internals, the OS, etc...

6. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

yeah the size mostly but i have the same os the 9700 does. i just use the 9700 desktop disc and sync my bold 9000 and it automatically updated it to OS 5.0 instead of my current 4.6 (for those who don't know that's works)

7. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

How does it run? I thought about putting 5.0 on mine, but since the Curve slowed down so much with 5.0 I didn't. I have 5.0 on my Tour and my girlfriends 8330 Curve though. Which 5.0 are you running?

9. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

That's the beauty of Blackberry if you like them. The fact that you can pretty grab any BB and know how to use it if you're familiar is a plus for most, but for me, I like change. I enjoy learning new OS's and everything that goes along with that.

5. jenna_23

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

my next phone!! yay im getting the verizon version if verizon actually gets it.. im not getting the sprint version cause sprint dnt work good in my area

8. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Verizon will get it...

10. lyndarva

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

I just upgraded from the 8330 to the 9650 on Verizon. I have felt like throwing it up against the wall multiple times since I got it today. For one thing, it doesn't work like the 8330 -- the 8330 was easy to work with. The instructions in the 9650 book are wrong on several things. I had to call tech support about a couple of issues and they went through everything I did and the book said to do. I was put on hold for about 5 minutes. Tech support came back on, having loaded a virtual 9650, and told me the way to do it. The phone works more like the Sprint 8330 than the Verizon 8330, but the differences are much more. I don't like the way the icons are placed on this phone, it is more like my son's Sprint 8330. The "track ball" pressure touch is very touchy. I had to go through tech support several times to get things set up. The phone is larger than the 8330. The keys have a slant to them, which is one thing I like about it; however, the numbers on it are in red. I am not color blind but I have difficulty seeing the numbers. My husband is color blind and he cannot see the numbers at all. This is a major issue for Blackberry. If my husband's large corporation upgrades from the 8330 to the 9650 he will be in big trouble. The charging port on the phone is on the lower righthand side. Maybe a lefty designed that change, but it is very awkward to try to do anything on it when the plug is in. I am mostly lefthanded, but for whatever reason I feel like I have to use my righthand more on this phone. I didn't notice my 8330 getting hot while it was charging, but this 9650 does. It also takes a lot longer to charge than the 8330. Even though I have the font size set large, the websites' fonts aren't large and are difficult to read. I won't be using the browser at all if something doesn't give with that. During the time I had the phone on today, several applications and games were downloaded, not by me. I have deleted what I could and hid the rest of them. I wish Blackberry would allow you more control over those items. I hope I am going to like this phone more than what I do now. By the way, a Verizon salesman at a store I went to had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned the Blackberry proprietary messenger. I had to show him how it worked. Amazing.

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