"This is the best Verizonberry yet"4.5 starson by CNETwhatchdog
Pros: -Its not a Storm
-Great size, weight and shape
-Blackberry Maps work better than my Garmin (in a downtown area)
-Best Media Player and Manager on a Verizonberry
Cons: -Keyboard is a bit on the small side
-Charger that is included (international version) is too large and make a high pitched hum
Summary: Being a Crackberry addict is tough but the Tour makes it all worth it!
First of all I must say that I am sick and tired of fools who don't own products, yet opinions and offer reviews. Your lack of ownership and experience with the product is grossly apparent. Please stop wasting our time. O, Sorry this is a review of the Verizon Blackberry Tour not a blasting of the foolish.
If you want a smartphone this is the best of what you can get on the Verizon network. The Tour is a fine culmination of the Blackberrys that preceded it. Having owned and used the Pearl (8130), the 8830, 8703e and 3 weeks with a Storm I can tell you this handset is fast, reliable, and easy to use.
Some of the other reviews complained about the battery life of this phone. During the first few days that I OWNED this phone I thought they were right, but now that I am not playing with the phone every minute of the day the BATTERY LIFE is as GOOD or BETTER than my other blackberrys.
Another complaint that I have read about is that the resolution of the screen is too high and that it makes the fonts on the browser too tiny. This is accurate; the fonts are tiny but just click the pearl and it gets bigger. The high resolution is a far greater asset for every other function of this phone to be worried about enlargeable fonts being too small.
This phone does not have WIFI. Give me a break! Its a phone! If you need to use the internet so much go get a netbook! There is no debate that the Verizon network is the best of all the wireless options out there. This is after all a phone (a phone with some fantastic abilities) but it works primarily off of a cellular network not WIFI so this should not be an issue when considering if this Blackberry is for you.
If you are a Blackberry power user this is the one. I tried the Storm for 3 weeks yes it has a nice screen and it does same thing as the Tour but it was slow I was mad at it all the time. The click screen on the Storm is the worst idea ever, if the people at RIM had used a touch screen like that of the ipod itouch and given the Storm the 256mb of memory it would have been a contender.
In closing this is great blackberry. It works well, it's fast, it's slick, it looks better in person than it does on line. it comes with a nice case, it's the right size, it feels good in your hand, the keyboard is very good (it takes a few days to get used to), the battery life is very good, the battery doors does not wiggle, the micro USB location is just fine, the screen is sweet, the track ball works fine after it is broken in after a few days, it's not heavy, it's just the right weight. if you want great a Blackberry and you want Verizon THIS IS IT!
If you have never had a Blackberry, have be on Verizon, don't mind a super slow and heavy phone, and value style above function and preformance give a Storm a try.