"BOLD IS STILL NUMBER ONE BUT THE TOUR'S NOT FAR BEHIND!"3.5 starson by ImNotDead_1993
Pros: Design pulls the Curve 8900, the Storm, and the Bold all into one sleek package
QWERTY keyboard is like the one featured on the Bold and the 8800 series
Updated Blackberry OS adds nice design touches and brings a nice update to the older aging OS
Cons: WIFI!!! Where did it go? This is the first blackberry without wifi in recent months.
Design could use some tweaking
Summary: A friend of mine who works a local I.T. Tech firm recently got his hands on this new handset through connections at Verizon and I have to say it is a great improvement over Verizon's old Blackberry series. Verizon is the best carrier it seems around the downtown Los Angeles and Upper Manhattan areas (where I split my time with work).Oh well SKULIJIBB, I realize that and firstly it is a dual band phone and secondly I was merely commenting on the fact that it does not have Wi-Fi there is no need for your juvinile "duh" comment and I apologize for any mistake in my post.
I currently own a Blackberry Bold and can say that there are certain things that the Bold has that the Tour doesn't. Firstly I think the Tour's back is more solid than the Bold's faux leather backing and just feels more secure. Secondly I think the Tour's red numeric accents add a nice touch (unlike the Bold's all-white lettering) it just makes it easier to read. Style is subjective too so it all depends on what you want.
While using the phone as a phone/text/internet/email device while I was at work I felt confident while using the phone that it was powerful enough to do everything I needed it to. I didn't have it long enough to find it worth it to set up my corporate email (Microsoft Exchange) so I cannot say how it will work but it was smooth sailing on the Blackberry Bold which I'm assuming will work just as well.
While I was traveling around downtown Los Angeles I had excellent reception and so did not need Wi-Fi but it is a nice thing to have if you live inn area where you do not pull in 3G speeds. While I waited for my flight at LAX in Terminal 4 to JFK signal did drop a bit and at times the web browser was slow although nothing major and nothing too much to complain about.
Touching down at JFK the network automatically changed the time upon my turning on the handset once in the terminal. Signal strength was quite low at points in JFK but it never dropped signal and I was able to talk continuously to a business associate on my way through the terminal all the way out through baggage claim to the curb. Right on, Verizon!
The phone also performed well in web browsing. Keep in mind that Blackberry's browser (while it is a full HTML browser) does not perform as well as Apple's Safari or even HTC's Android browser. However for my needs it performed well. Text was easy to read and the small cursor makes clicking links a snap.
The phone itself (making calls and receiving calls) performed well (as previously stated) and call quality was a tad better over the Bold's. I personally prefer AT&T coverage and customer support however it's all up to the buyer as to what they want to go with. Verizon's coverage was clear all the way from JFK up to Central Park and out and around Manhattan. The phone works and clearly excels as a phone. The speakerphone works well (though the Bold's stereo speakers do project sound better than the speaker on the Tour).
Battery life was incredible even with 3G. (Since Blackberry took out Wi-fI that will make your battery last even longer) I'm assuming that Blackberry used the same powerhouse 1500mAh battery found in my Blackberry Bold which lasts well up to three days with the phone fully performing. I did have the phone off during the flight over from LAX to JFK so that may also have lengthened the battery life. However with email, text SMS messaging, phone calls, and internet browsing the battery only dropped two and a half bars from 4AM in Los Angeles to 11PM in New York City. Rock on, Blackberry!
Another feature that corporate users (and others, students too) will like is the Documents to Go Suite now included in Blackberry's operating system. I was able to open Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files without a hitch from my email when sent as an attachment. Documents to go worked better than the Office MObile on Windows Mobile phones. Just something to think about. IPHONE DOES NOT HAVE THIS CAPABILITY. Just thought I'd mention that. I'm not a big fan of the iPhone since it seems way to standard now days. It's silly to compare an iPhone to this since they're in two different categories.
If you're thinking about the Tour and don't have Verizon please check coverage in your area before signing on with them. Again the Tour DOES NOT HAVE WIFI so you're relying heavily on Verizon having coverage in your area. IF YOU ALL READY HAVE VERIZON, and you're up for an upgrade, then heck! GO FOR IT!
I personally would not choose this phone but it is one sick powerhouse phone that will outperform most other smartphones. Excellent work, Blackberry and Verizon
Updated on Jul 7, 2009