"Tour better than Bold; Verizon is the real difference"4.5 starson by jeffnickc
Pros: - Camera is awesome
- Operating system has yet to reboot/reset, or freeze up
- NO DROPPED CALLS (Verizon vs. AT&T)
- Much faster downloads than AT&T 3G; even faster than WiFi
- Battery life on Tour is far, far better than Bold
Cons: - Verizon limits/restricts some of the Blackberry apps that AT&T allows
- Call quality; I've heard repeated complaints from other end
- Small internal memory
- Speaker on Bold (music and talk) is better
- All my Bold chargers are worthless now
Summary: After three Bolds (two returned for warranty repair, the third abused by me), I'd finally had enough of the too-frequent dropped calls, s-l-o-w downloads, and apps that never seemed to work properly. My beef was more with AT&T than the Bold itself, so I switched to Verizon Wireless and settled on its slightly sleeker half-brother, the Tour. After exhaustive research, I've accepted the fact that there is no "perfect" smartphone, so my expectations were in line with the Bold's performance, only hoping for a better network. I'm shocked to say how much more I like this phone than I thought I would. In all likelihood, Verizon Wireless' network is what makes it so great, but after nearly a month of ownership, and not one single freeze by the O/S (and I think I've actually turned it off only once in that entire time) tells me that the handset itself is also much better than the Bold. I love having a CLEAR usable camera; the Bold's was useless (even my old Palm Treo and Helio Ocean's cameras had more functionality than the Bold's camera). Calls no longer drop unless, ironically, I'm talking to someone on the AT&T network. The lack of WiFi is a completely overrated complaint. All three of my Bolds' browsers, while using WiFi, were slower than my Tour. If web browsing is a big part of your smartphone use, skip Blackberries altogether; they don't have 1/10th of the usefulness of an iPhone.
While Verizon Wireless is no "corporate saint" itself, not supporting many apps that I presume use too much data in their eyes, they provide a quality network that is reliable. Not having the daily frustrations of using AT&T's overwhelmed network (thanks to the iPhone), has made my relationship with my smartphone a MUCH better marriage.