In grand scheme of things, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a predictable, mostly-boring iteration made to address a gap in RIM’s lineup for the CDMA market. As a device in and of itself, it performs admirably, and even has a leg-up over the Bold 9700 with added application memory, but even that fails to give the 9650 any spice. Office warriors who demand a reliable workhorse on Sprint or Verizon have no reason not to pick this baby up. While those concerned about being productive will be hard-pressed to find something better than BlackBerry, pure consumers could probably find something a little more fun in alternative smartphones on the same carriers.
The 9670 certainly deserves the name Bold; as far as BlackBerrys go, it makes no compromises (something the Tour couldn’t claim). In the end, it really does boil down to a CDMA version of 9700 – at best a little more, and nothing less.