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Now that I have a Blackberry, I do not know how I ever survived without one. I can see now why it has earned the popular name of Crackberry. Here is my review for the Backberry Tour and I hope it helps!
The screen is pretty amazing. It’s not a huge panel but the colors are rich and and text and graphics look as sharp as ever. Additionally it looks like there’s a harder plastic covering the LCD than there is on the Bold and 8900 and it feels solid.
Calls came through loud and clear, and callers can hear me perfectly on the other end.
The speaker and speakerphone function on the Tour are good. You can really tell this was designed as a business device. There’s only one speaker on the left side since the 3.5mm headset jack is on the right. I personally do not have a bluetooth, so I just use the speaker phone when I'm driving and it works well.
The best and most efficient way to type on the Tour is not to press on an entire key but on the angled area of a key. This let’s you pound through emails with relative ease and doesn’t really let your finger hit more than one key a time. It is Simple, easy to use, and perfectly laid out. It’s a winner.
Battery life is impressive. I've heard that even with the exact same usage and same applications installed, you are able to get double to battery life using the Tour compared to the Bold.
I would highly reccomend this phone. Overall, I give it a very good rating.
I've had the Tour for about a week now. I had been anxiously waiting for this Verizon Blackberry hybrid-cross between the Bold and the Curve for months after my contract ended on a Neanderthal 8700G with T-Mobile and I was afraid that my expectations would exceed reality. I have to say that I am very, very pleased!
The device is beautiful, black and solid in one's hand. The screen is large and clear. The buttons are all in logical positions. The software is a vast improvement over earlier versions. The camera is 3.2 mp auto focus and takes better than average pictures....for a smart phone.
I am still getting used to the qwerty keyboard....the keys are small, smooth and strangely angled. There must be an ergonomic reason for the up and to the side tilt to each key but my thumbs are resisting the logic!
The track ball is slightly recessed and is easy to use (and the horizontal and vertical sensitivity is adjustable).
Making and receiving phone calls is a snap. The call reception has been clear and virtually distortion free. I have no muffled sound experience reported in other reviews. Even on a noisy sidewalk, I am told that the sound quality is clear and crisp. I took the Tour up to a cabin in the Lake District of Northern Minnesota and it worked seamlessly. Calls, texts, and browsing as if I were home in Manhattan.
My biggest pleasure so far is the lightening speed of receiving email! In HTML! And web browsing! And Googling! Fast, fast, fast.
One complaint is that web pages are still a bit too small for really enjoyable browsing. And there is no touch screen to enlarge areas with fancy finger work a la IPhone. One can choose between "Column View" or "Zoom In" but sometimes neither option gets things really the size one would like.
Why can't this thing ring and vibrate simultanously? Seems like a silly oversight but the Blackberry engineers must have some reason behind it. You can buy an ap to fix this problem....but?
Another caveat is that the BlackBerry App Store is not fully stocked with Apps yet. The choice is still slim and sort of pathetic compared to the big, sexy, fully loaded "candy shop" of selections for the IPhone.
The pre-loaded Blackberry Map application worked very well with the GPS function turned on. In fact, it navigated better than the Garmin Nuvi on the dashboard of the car.
Phone is amazing. Love all the apps. The camera works great. Pictures are clear. Like BB messenger. Don't like how you have to go into a folder to find something simple. The battery lasts a long time. The track ball makes it easy to browse the web and do things faster.
The Tour is a great device if you love Blackberry and need the entertainment aspect spiced up a bit. A nice 480x360 screen is the biggest. (with a qwerty k/b) The 3.2 mp camera like the 8900 and Storm, is the best. It has the latest O/S version. The form factor is a great size too, a little smaller that the bold, touch bigger than the Curves. The strikes are; NO WI-FI, only 2100 MHz 3G supported. If you expect 3G speed with AT&T, your s.o.l. This is single band 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA only, and made for the CDMA/EVDO folks. The Tour will only do EDGE at best with AT&T's 1900 MHz 3G, nuts! Love Verizon, this is made for you! Strong with AT&T, looks like the bold for now. Love Wi-Fi, then 8900 Javelin or 9000 Bold. Just can't get it all in one package. (YET??!?)
The good: The RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 offers world-roaming capabilities as well as Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The smartphone offers a great design that combines a sharp display and an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard in a fairly compact size.
The bad: The smartphone lacks Wi-Fi. The Web browser falls short of the competition, and there's a bit of shutter lag on the camera. You can't save applications to a media card.
The bottom line: With a winning design and fast performance, the RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 is one of Verizon Wireless' top smartphones for both business users and messaging fanatics.
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I bought the used blackberry 9630 some days ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive phone. It has a 3.2M-pixel camera, video camera, and speakerphone. the battery has a pretty good lifespan of roughly 4 hours. My only complaint is that the menu system on the phone makes you click four times before you can find someone in the address book, set an alarm, or perform a additional functions. Other phones I've owned have simpler menus and get you to important features easily. Overall, I'd recommend the phone.
The phone is great.The camera is very good for a phone,The reception is good the keypad is a little tight,The worst part the cost of using the phone. You get a 35.00 dollar cost for the use of the network package (you have no choise you can't get service without upgrade to service).
I have had my BlackBerry Tour for a year now, they were purchased from Verizon at a fair price. It has done wonderfully in most categories.
The calls have been loud and clear with very little problem with dropped calls even in the outlying areas.
The phone overall has held up well, the display has been great and no problems from any keys or buttons on the phone.
The battery life has been good, it last for days though it depends on usage, far better than my previous smartphones.
The internet browsing has work well, easy to navigate another functional component of this phone.
The email and text features work well. Blackberry messenger is a nice utility with unlimited character length. All having a decent spell checker that I definitely need.
The calendar is great, I live by my calendar and this phone has a great one.
The only dislike on this phone is the trackball. It can be flaky at times not wanting to traverse the screen.
Over all this has been a great phone.
The BlackBerry Tour is a mobile phone developed by Research In Motion and is part of the 9600 device series. This high-end messaging phone combines the multimedia features of the Curve with the global roaming of the 8830 (with the addition of North American GSM/GPRS/EDGE capability), plus a higher-resolution display, 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera, 3G data overseas and faster EVDO Rev. A data in the United States and Canada. Other key features include video capture, 3.5mm audio jack, memory card slot, push email, QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, and GPS navigation. The BlackBerry Tour was released on July 12, 2009. 
Love the phone. Don't know how I managed without it! It features an easy to use, on screen tutorial, so just about anyone can learn to use it. The camera takes great photos and videos, too. I highly recommend it to smartphone - ophobes ;D