RIM has sent me a new Bold 9650 for review and decided to do a short video clip for you guys to see. * Disclaimer I am not great with video editing or taking videos, so it is a little bit blurry. Back at WES we got to play with the device for a little bit but not as much as we would like to. The device that was sent to us was already service activated ready to use. I also put in my T-mobile SIM to see if it was unlocked and it worked just fine. It picked up good signal too since the tower is close to my house. That means the device is already factory unlocked, its not clear if most devices shipped out from Sprint will be like that but the reports suggest they will be. The only thing is that you can only use EDGE if you use an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM on it. This means the device can be used globally perfect for people that travel for work.
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Comparison to the 9700 – The 9700 and the 9650 are similar in shape but the 9650 is a bit wider, and thicker. The 9650 bezel is different also, especially the edges. The other big difference is the keyboard, although it looks the same,the keyboard is raised up a little bit. Al from CIO.com also noticed the same thing the keyboard feels different, not saying it is a bad thing since typing on it is comfortable. Some new hardware features the 9650 brings to the CDMA world include the new trackpad, and WIFI both missing in the Tour 9630.
Applications – The device came preloaded with Blackberry App World, BBM 220.127.116.11, pushed links to download Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, quite a few Sprint apps for NASCAR,Football, Sprint Tv, Music, ScanBuy, and Pandora.
OS – The OS Version is 18.104.22.1681 but rumors have it that it should get an upgrade soon to 22.214.171.1249 according to our source: pocketberry.com
I have not used the previous 9630, so I compared the 9650 to the 9700, because the 9650 has similar specs as 9700. The 9700 is a GSM BlackBerry and the 9650 a CDMA device. The 9650 is a world phone that will work with GSM networks but you can’t use the 9700 on a CDMA network like Sprint or Verizon. So if you are on Verizon or Sprint waiting for an upgrade the 9650 is a great upgrade.