BlackBerry Bold 9650 Solid but Uninspired

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Solid but Uninspired

by Andrew Garcia

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Front

RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9650 for Sprint is designed for CDMA/EVDO REV A. for domestic use, with support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS (2,100MHz band) internationally.

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Back

The backplate has the leatherette texture common to the Bold family of smartphones. The camera is for video and still pictures (3.2 MP), with an LED flash.

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Inside

Beneath the backplate, the Bold 9650 looks a lot like the Tour. There is a SIM slot, prepopulated with a Sprint SIM for international usage, and a MicroSDHC slot with a 2GB card installed. The battery is 1,400 mAhr, rated for 5 hours of EVDO talk time.

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Right

The right side houses the 3.5mm headset jack, volume controls, the MicroUSB port, plus a convenience key set to trigger the still camera.

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Left

The left edge has one convenience key, preprogrammed from voice dialing. The speaker is also located here.

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Top

The top edge has buttons for mute and standby controls. The standby button both locks and puts the device in standby mode, a change RIM implemented within the last few months.

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Zen

The Bold 9650 comes with the standard Zen theme common for BlackBerry smartphones released in the last couple years.

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Virtual Preload

Most of the non-core software is not preintalled. Everything shown here needs to be downloaded and installed before use, save for BlackBerry Messenger.

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Update

Within days of product release, Sprint offered an OS update for the Bold 9650. I performed the over-the-air update, and was able to remain activated to our BES server.

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Stats

I added the Bold 9650 to our BES infrastructure so the device conformed to our security and network. Shown here, the BAS interface shows device statistics.

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