"Insufficient App Storage"3.0 starson by lionelhutz
Pros: Global capabilities on a Verizon phone, screen, battery life, performance, size, call quality, email performance is perfect
Cons: Still can't save applications to media card, and internal app storage is limited, no wi-fi
Summary: This is a great device that is darn near perfect, but with one serious flaw that has afflicted Blackberry's since the introduction of third party applications....Here is my update. After having this device for a week I wish I could improve the rating I gave. Yes, the lack of app storage is a major flaw, but this is bar-none the best Blackberry ever made and the best email device for power users on the market - PERIOD. The iPhone is a better toy, but nobody does reliable, corporate-grade email better than this BlackBerry.
If you have a 32gb iPhone, you can download 32gb worth of applications if you want. For some reason on the BlackBerry they partition up the storage and don't allow you to store a high volume of app's - even on a media card. The result is a very limited ability to download applications from BlackBerry App World. This takes what is otherwise a darn-near-perfect device and turns it into something that feels unnecessarily constrained. Blackberry should know that they are competing against the iPhone, and the App store is arguably the biggest driver to IPhone's business. BlackBerry released their version, called App World, which is growing in its usefulness everyday. However, when you can only download 4 or 5 applications to your device, you suddenly miss the virtually limitless application abilities on the iPhone.
The BlackBerry Tour works on a better network (Verizon), using a far superior email platform to iPhone's activesync, has global capabilities including the option to have unlimited global data roaming for a fixed rate, which you cannot do with an iPhone. You also get to enjoy using a network that is not oversubscribed, such as is the case with AT&T thanks to millions of iPhones added to the network virtually overnight.
Reliability is rock solid. Battery life is great. It doesn't have wi-fi, but I really don't think you need it with Verizon's 3G speed.
I was going to give this thing 5 stars, but the continued inability to store a reasonable number of applications seems downright foolish and inexcusable. Blackberry's product development team needs to wake up and update the OS so we can install applications on a media card. Do that and you have a 5 star device with the Blackberry Tour.
Oh yea, and it doesn't have a Touchscreen - HALLELUJAH!
Updated on Jul 16, 2009