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RIM BlackBerry Tour Review – World-Roaming Smartphone

The RIM BlackBerry Tour is available, with slight variations, through both Sprint and Verizon.

Tour the world with the new, global BlackBerry Tour. With its dual-mode functionality you can visit over 200 countries with this one phone!
You’ll pay through the nose for Internet

For some reason, WiFi is not a part of the BlackBerry Tour. This means that you’ll have to buy one of the pricey data plans from Sprint and Verizon. You can, however, use the phone as a modem for your laptop, but that requires Verizon’s Mobile Broadband Connect plan which can range between $39.99-$59.99.

Blackberry Tour Image

Blackberry Tour Image

Don’t be misled, this is an awesome service and a really convenient choice for people who want to type on a laptop and not on the Tour, but it’s pricey, especially if you go over your MB or GB limit.

GPS built-in

BlackBerry Maps is a key feature in the new BlackBerry Tour. BlackBerry Maps uses satellite technology to pinpoint your location. You can search for businesses, get maps and also turn-by-turn directions. If you have Verizon you can get their VZ Navigator, which costs $9.99 a month but also gives you voice commands, which will cut down on the dangers of looking back and forth at your phone while driving.

Camera hits and misses

The BlackBerry Tour has a 3.2 megapixel camera, which is better than average. It also allows you to geotag your pictures using your built-in GPS. However, there’s an issue with the shutter. It seems that the shutter lags a little bit making it more difficult than it should be to catch those once-in-a-lifetime shots. Also, most people are used to snapping a picture and pulling the camera away to get a better look at the picture. You can’t do that with the BlackBerry Tour, as you have to hold the phone there for an extra second or two to capture the shot. It’s annoying if you aren’t used to it so it’s definitely a try before you buy feature.

Can’t save apps to microSD cards

The bold print says it all – you can only use the 256 MB of installed memory to save you apps. This means significantly less apps than other smartphones. If apps are a big part of your phone experience, then this might not be the choice.

Battery Life

No WiFi will help you save some battery power, which has a talk time of about five and a half hours. Downloading apps, using GPS and especially using your phone as a modem will cut down on this time severly.

Phone Specs:
•    Manufacturer: Research In Motion
•    Part Number:TOUR9630SILBLKSPT
Telecom
•    Data services MMS , SMS , E-Mail , Instant messages , HTML Browser
•    Cellular enhancement protocol EDGE , GPRS support , GPS
General
•    Dimensions (W x D x H) 2.4 in x 0.6 in x 4.4 in
•    Weight 4.6 oz
•    Built-in devices Camera , Digital player
Memory
•    Installed ROM 256 MB Flash
•    Flash memory installed 256 MB
Input Device
•    Input device type Keyboard
Messaging / Data Services
•    Internet Browser Yes
•    GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Yes
•    Mobile Email Yes
•    Messaging Services Google Talk , Yahoo! Messenger , AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM) , Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
Cellular
•    Service Provider Sprint or Verizon (with slightly different specs)

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