Excerpt: While some of the most important mobile phone manufacturers are trying to technologically advance with each device they are throwing on the market, Research in Motion seems to slack big time. Furthermore, it has become well-known that BlackBerries are no low-budget devices, as the company has a pretty narrow market niche, now mostly interested in the email services these smartphones provide.
Pros: Dual-network compatibility and the possibility to use the gadget as a modem in EVDO CDMA are some of its positive aspects. Tour 9630 can also be highlighted for its stylish design, excellent display and QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry fans will also be delighted to employ RIM's messaging services to their fullest using this device.
Cons: I think the lack of Wi-Fi connectivity is one of the biggest disappointments regarding the phone's features. When we thought that Wi-Fi would become standard for BlackBerry smartphones, RIM seems to have another idea and missed this feature for Tour 9630. Also, the low autonomy of the 1400 mAh battery is another negative aspect of the device. Sales Package BlackBerry Tour 9630 smartphone Standard battery 1400 mAh Li-Ion BlackBerry 3.5mm Stereo Headset AC Travel charge...
Conclusion: For the BlackBerry 8830 or the Curve 8330 users, the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is the logical upgrade. The processor is twice as fast and memory more than doubled from the BlackBerry Curve 8330. The Tour gets the new styling and looks great for a BlackBerry. It has a fresher OS, newer web browser and a media player that supports more codecs. You get the same excellent push email and IM experience, and for the business users, the Tour offers many levels of security.
Pros: New software and styling. Excellent messaging experience and strong application selection., Faster processor and more memory, new OS including a new version of the web browser and media player, outstanding email and IM experience, good selection of bundled software and available downloads from BlackBerry App World. Very good looking.
Cons: Camera takes mediocre pictures. Battery life could be better., Call quality isn't as good as the Bold, camera takes so-so pictures, and no Wi-Fi.
Summary: The BlackBerry Tour is the best CDMA BlackBerry that we’ve tested. Even with an ageing operating system, it is quite functional as either a personal or business smart phone. The poor browser is offset by applications like Facebook, Flick3r and MySpace that allow you to access much-used web applications without actually using the browser. Phoning, e-mailing, messaging, and other functions work well as does the visual voicemail.
the BlackBerry Tour 9630
RIM had a misstep taking on the iPhone with the BlackBerry Storm. The Tour and other traditional devices show that RIM is and should be comfortable in its own skin.
BlackBerry Tour 9630
is a solid device with no major complaints, outside of the screen ripple which cannot be remedied, but will probably not result in long-term damage.
Pros: Good form factor, size, and price, Verizon and Sprint availability, Great keyboard compared to previous models
Cons: LCD screen ripples when top set of keys are pushed, Sprint coverage not great in all areas, Only an average browsing experience, not on par with some competitors (Palm Pre, iPhone)
BlackBerry Tour (Verizon Wireless) Smartphone Review
12 August 2009
Excerpt: It seems that mobile phone carriers besides Verizon Wireless have their token smartphone at this point. AT&T has the iPhone, Sprint has the Palm Pre, and T-Mobile has the G1 and now myTouch 3G. Could the BlackBerry Tour 9630 be the flagship smartphone for Verizon?
Pros: Sleek design., Fast network., Great camera quality.
Cons: Battery life needs improvement., Keyboard is somewhat cramped.