What's Good: Wi-Fi, trackpad, and more memory.
What's Bad: Keyboard is oddly domed; besides the positive improvements listed in "What's Good," it's virtually identical to the Tour 9630. Expensive.
Verdict: If you're looking for something to replace your Curve 8330 or 8830 World Edition, the Bold 9650 is worth a look. But for someone using a Tour 9630 or Curve 8530, I don't think there's enough to justify the upgrade. I also think the device is a bit pricey, given that the EVO 4G and iPhone 3GS are also $199.99.
Announced at WES 2010 last month, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 has made its way to Sprint (with no Verizon launch in sight as of yet). Featuring Wi-Fi, a trackpad, additional system memory, and a few cosmetic changes, the device is more of a revision of the Tour 9630 than it is an entirely new model.
The Bold 9650 ships in a box that's identical in size to the Tour 9630 (though the Sprint design has changed a bit). The unit ships with a battery, SIM card for international travel, USB cable, charger, swivel holster, AC adapter, 2 GB microSD card, and instruction manuals. From a design perspective, the device closely resembles its older brother, the Tour 9630. Buttons are in the same place, the chrome looks exactly the same, and the keyboard is the same. Overall functionality appears to be faster (thanks to the increased system memory), but I'm still running tests to determine if it's true or if it's just me.
I haven't had the device long enough to do any accurate battery tests, but I will say that call quality and signal strength seem to be good. I briefly took the unit to a Sprint dead spot, and was able to make a call, despite having no bars of service. The people I've called can all hear me well, and it's clear and loud on my end also. My Bluetooth headset connects perfectly as well.
Other things that I've found:
Now it's time to jump off for the weekend and play with...er, "test" it. Stay tuned for my full review!