The big upgrade from the Tour to the Bold 9650 is the ability of the Bold to connect to Wi-Fi networks. Even in areas that have good data coverage, switching to a Wi-Fi connection will make everything data related go so much faster. The 9650 also gives you a few Wi-Fi options and tools to help with the experience.
One of the major selling points of the Bold 9650 is the ability to use the device internationally. The device comes with a SIM card that you can use to roam internationally, but you should probably contact your service provider to get an idea about rates before you generate a bill in the thousands of dollars. You can also contact your provider to disable the supplied SIM card so that you can use a different SIM card that you purchase while you are overseas. To top it all off, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 supports the international 3G band so that you don’t have to suffer through lower data speeds while abroad.
The Bold 9650 comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera, which is a little disappointing considering some of the cameras that are in other BlackBerry devices released around the same time. The picture quality is ok, but it is nothing to write home about. You can also purchase a version of the device without the camera, if you can’t have one for various reasons (usually security related).
Messaging and email are all pretty standard on the 9650, you can have up to 10 email accounts as well as communicate on a number of different instant messaging programs. The installed programs will vary based on the wireless carrier that you have, but most will come with a handful of carrier-based applications and a few more social networking apps.