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First Impressions Of The Bold 9650 and Unboxing Video

Bold_9650_Sprint_Front 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 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, 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 but rumors have it that it should get an upgrade soon to according to our source:
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.

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  1. I think the CPU is faster than the 9630, but likely the same as the 9700. I also read the 9650 has some new 3D graphics support, maybe similar to Storm2 does. I wish it had the larger battery like the 9700, but it has the same as the 8900/9630.

  2. Yeah it has the same battery as the 9700 surprisingly it last quite a bit I guess Verizon’s 3G network doesn’t waste as much battery life as the 3G on GSM

  3. I really like my 9650! Runs smoother and no more freezing! (like on my old Tour) I have so many mp3 ringers and photos and the ecryption of all that does not phase the CPU. and I am completely satisfied with this phone! Props to Sprint, yet again. They have not let me down since day one, 5 years ago.

  4. Wooh don’t go there. I have been screwed over by Sprint and am no fan of them. I will likely put a T-Mo SIM in mine. Hope it will work out of the box 🙂

  5. Sounds like one of your smoke detectors needs a new battery.

  6. Lol you got an ear for detail, funny you mention it though BC that’s exactly what I did after recording it.

  7. I like it

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