Pros Track pad better than track ball, a few nice software tweks, larger RAM (512) addition of WiFi if you need it. Still a nice looking phone.
Cons Same old BB stuff, BB web browser still SLOW, battery life not that great, call sound / clarity could be better, ring tones still till low on highest volume.
Summary A slight improvment over the Tour, should have been this model to begin with, BB should have skipped the Tour and went to this phone, Overall typical BB quality and consistent with RIM's equipment in general, I am hoping that OS 6.0 with WebKit Browsers will improve the main fault in BB's biggest downfall, the web browser, but after adding BOLT it really isn't that much slower than my HTC hero. and for the ring tones and message alerts, I am looking for something with some volume, the 10 on the volume is a few levels too low, should have a few more steps to bring it to a level you can hear in a noisy enviroment. Call quality is OK but not as good as a few other phones I have / do use. This is not a Sprint issue, (the call quality) all my other phones are on Sprint. So in conclusion, it is a good phone, better than the Tour, but not by much, 4 Stars was actually a geneous rating, but it is a well built phone. I hope RIM will continue to stive to improve and keep up with the other manufactures in their future software and hardware, Compitition is a Good Thing.OK now that I have had this Bold 9650 for a little over a month, it is driving me crazy, this is by far the worst reception I have ever had from any p[hone, I took my daughters BB 8330m on sprint also, with me on a business trip, I had to use the 8330 most of the time as the 9650 Bold had no signal or just kept dropping calls, after a long web search, I found out this is a common problem on the 9650 Bold, so I guess Steve Jobs knew what he was saying when he mentioned RIM has just as many reception problems as the iPhone 4, a few of my co-workers have iPhone 4's with the reception problem on them, but they are still more reliable than this POS from RIM. RIM needs to take notice of this problem, I would stay far away from this phone, past my 30 days, so I guess it goes on ebay fro whatever I can get for it, on Craigslist there are already 10 of them for sale, I guess I'll take whatever I get on ebay, I am done with Blackberrys, if they don't get on the ball, they will go the way of Palm
Updated on Jul 22, 2010
Pros Easy to use, many features, exclusive apps.
Cons can be a little sluggish at times.
Summary Ive had this phone now for about a year and a half and ive never encountered any real problems with it. I do get occasional random restarts, and stalls but its only happened a total of about 10 times. ive used many phones and this one is really pretty good. Its quick and easy to use and just works for me.
Pros BES integration
BIS integration yahoo,gmail,pop/smtp
Perfect size for using as phone and messaging terminal
512MB of RAM - staged for Blackberry OS 6.0
2GB MicroSD comes with the phone
Screen crisp and bright
Cons Camera just doesn't quite perform as I would like. Too dark or grainy too much of the time.
Web experience is lacking. I use Bolt Browser to offset.
Notifications: Loudest setting isn't loud enough. Doesn't offer good range of volume.
Summary I love this phone. Disclaimer: this is my first smart phone but my wife has an iPhone so I know the difference. If you want a work warrior in one sleek, sexy and feature packed piece of hardware, this is it.
I use this thing for every kind of email and notification known to man. It consolidates all of my email into one interface that allows for very granular handset to mailbox reconciliation. I feel in total control of my messaging, calendaring and networking. I could do all three without my laptop.
The Wi-Fi allows me to use faster connections without burning $ (although most people have unlimited now). I loaded all the Google Apps, DVR controller, Grooveshark?etc and all use WiFi without a hitch (Google Voice requires your mobile radio be on though so that?s is a bit of a disclaimer)
The phone sleeps when put in the holster but remains "listening" and the notification profiles are limitless (although when you set up a certain notification for a contact it will override the profile setting...at least this is what I have experienced).
The camera should have been 5.0 megapixels. Since I take this thing everywhere, I would like to be able to take reliably decent pictures, something I haven?t been able to do. This is the one obvious screw up on RIMs part as far as I am concerned. All the soon to be released phones with these specs have 5.0 megapixels. Since we?re talking about what sucks, the browsing experience is not good with RIM browser and slightly better with BOLT. Read further for the hopeful fix for this.
I tried to tip the balance in the cool area and download a ton of apps geared towards more fun than business. This can be done but without a touch screen that is larger this can be challenging. For me business productivity is fun (I know sounds crazy) so this phone is the Cadillac of business smart phones. The physical keyboard is tops with me and it?s a bit more spacey than the Bold 9700. This tips the scale to the usability side but you should really compare the BBs that offer completely separate keys because they have more forgiveness and the screens tend to be a bit bigger on those as well. It?s not all business though. I do have fun apps that work well but you get the gist.
The real key thing for me is the 512MB of RAM. Most other BBs have 128 or 256 with all the newly spec'd phones coming with 512. So, I believe this will stage the Bold 9650 (at least memory-wise) for BBs OS 6.0. I read this phone sports the 624 MHz processor but I just can?t find consensus on that. OS 6.0 offers better OS and, yes, better native web browsing. The other kick a$$ feature is this phone is GSM and CDMA. It is a world phone. I threw my wife's SIM card in from AT&T and I was able to make calls but not browse the Web (mostly cause it only picked up EDGE from the AT&T SIM). Sprint sells this sucker unlocked so all that was easy to do. I hear VZW locks it down but I cannot confirm. Do your research on that.
This phone is a 4.5 for what is it meant to do. It can be cool but working folks think the cool factor comes from what you can do with it with respect to your day to day activities. I am in love with this phone and can?t tout it enough. Having said all of that, this is not close to being an iPhone or Droid and vice versa. If you want to just browse the web and play games, wait for RIMs Storm 3 or Bold 9800 they should bridge the gap between cool and business. If you want a real business player with a solid, sexy look and feel total package, this phone is for you.
"Superb Phone"on by kwame49
Pros It's a quantum leap forward from the BB 8350i I used for a year. The BB 9650 is excellent for travel overseas and the extra memory makes access and service a breeze.
Cons Trackpad can be super sensitive - takes some getting used to initially.
Summary Great package, great service, great user-friendly connectivity anywhere in the world.
Pros nice design
Cons Poor signal strength, bad browser, bad battery life, touchy optical mouse pad, and bad network with Sprint (Get Voice mails from 2-3 days past).
Summary This thing is only good as a paper weight.