"Why are Tour reviews so extreme?"4.0 starson by GerreB
Pros: 1. Beautiful screen
2. Plenty of installed apps.
3. Inclusion of "docs to go." No subscription this time around.
5. Keyboard is different but easy to use
6. Inclusion of Sounds profile on home screen
7. Speaker phone
Cons: 1. Call quality is pretty good but sometimes muffled. Not a deal breaker but not as clear as my Env Touch.
2. Early reviews noted track ball problems and loose battery cover. Those issues seem to be fixed.
Summary: Reviews of this phone in particular seem similar to our current political climate -- polarized and one extreme or the other. In this case 4-5 star, '"I love it" or 1-2 "phone sucks" reviews. Another general observation on cell phone reviews in general. Many, many phones seem to draw negative comments about battery life. Seems that people want their phones to do absolutely everything yet maintain battery power like the phone has only one function.
After a day of talking, messaging, and doing other miscellaneous functions, my phone usually has at least 3/4 charge. I don't know what the big deal is that some folks think charging more than every 3 days is a huge problem.
Can it be that our expectations are becoming unrealistic?
I am a Mac user, and use The Missing Sync. I love that the Tour can be synced using bluetooth, and you only need to use the cable the first time. Blackberry and Mac have some issues, but there are some good third party apps out there to address most of them.
I upgraded from a Curve, and though there are not drastic differences in the phones interfaces, I find the Tour to be the superior phone. It has more options, a better screen, and at least for me, better call quality.
So when the verdict is in, I end up being in the "I-love-this-phone" camp.