BlackBerry Tour 9630
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BlackBerry Tour 9630
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- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE2 ReviewsEngadgetNot RatedVerizon BlackBerry Tour reviewEngadget Mobile review of RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 for Verizon.CNET80RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 (Verizon Wireless) SmartpWith a winning design and fast performance, the RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 is one of Verizon Wireless' top smartphones for both business users and messaging fanatics.PC Mag80RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 (Verizon Wireless) - At AThe BlackBerry Tour is the best choice for a smartphone on Verizon Wireless—even though the unit we got was a little buggy.IntoMobileNot RatedBlackBerry Tour 9630 Review (Verdict: Get a Bold)The Tour clearly borrows a lot from the Bold and Curve 8900, but introduces a few changes here and there to mix it up, like a one-sided external speaker and new battery door style, but overall it will be a familiar experience for those who have used a traditional BlackBerry.
- 75AVERAGE USER SCORE22 ReviewsEngadget Reader70June 20, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader30February 9, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70June 1, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60May 24, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's good for a blackberry, but it's not an android or iphone.Engadget Reader60May 24, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader50November 21, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80November 6, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70August 15, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 31, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had just about every Blackberry that Verizon has carried since the old blue blob. I went with the physical keyboard over the Storm2 and I don't regret it. Some of my friends have the Storm2 and they've been frustrated with their ability to type rapidly.The browser is improved (still has a long way to go, but it's way better than the last one), it's fast and has good battery life and the build quality is great. The higher resolution screen is beautiful.Give me the larger screen with the slide out keyboard that we're seeing photos of online and a decent browser, and I'll be a happy camper.Engadget Reader80March 3, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I upgraded from the Curve to the 9630. this model blows the Curve out of the water. It is fast, generally easy to use and very stable. The Half VGA display is very sharp and crisp. It is much more customizable than the Curve. I have not used it internationally but I plan to.Negatives: The browser is awful. Get Opera Mini. RIM is working on a better browser, but it is not out yet. I dislike the "wireframe" icons.The keyboard shortcuts are hard to learn, but that is just the way a Blackberry is.I wish this had a trackpad rather than the roller ball, and I wish it had wi-fi.I know there were several negatives, but I really like this phone. Those are just some things I would like to see improved.Engadget Reader80January 27, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As a former owner of the 8830, I am quite pleased with my new Tour. The positives: it has a camera (I didn't realize how much I'd miss a camera when purchasing the 8830), good amount of storage space for a basic user, sleek design, easy to use track ball and keypad.The negatives: no zoom feature on the camera (at least not one that I'm aware of), if you keep too many programs open it drains the battery life pretty quickly (this is standard, my problem is that I often don't realized how many apps I have open at one).As a BlackBerry fan I definitely think this is the way to go, of course there can always be improvements but I'm really happy with this phone.Engadget Reader90January 21, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I first purchased the BlackBerry Tour around 6 months ago shortly following its release. From the moment I opened the box, I could see that it was going to be all I wanted and more. The functionality and usefulness of the email, browser, IM, phone, and of course apps make this phone/ever BlackBerry the ultimate companion to the consummate business man. The only problem that I have had is the trackball that wouldn't move when prompted, but when I went to get it fixed RIM had acknowledged it and gave me a free replacement! Therefore, I have no problems with Blackberry and Verizon. This phone continues to blow me away and I look forward to getting the most out of it every day!Engadget Reader90January 20, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Being my first smart phone, it took me a while to realize the full potential that the Tour could offer a small business owner. There were a few times within the first couple weeks that had me second guessing my choice. Loading up the phone with apps before researching whether they were "official apps" or not caused a few problems and ultimately forced me to reload the OS (before backing up so I lost all my contacts, etc. which in itself was a learning experience, never again will that happen). Aside from the initial learning curve, the phone has worked flawlessly. From multiple email accounts getting pushed to the Tour, using Facebook to stay connected with friends, or Pandora to stream music my initial smart phone experience has been a smashing success.Engadget Reader20December 23, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my fourth BB, and the Tour is supposed to be the the most powerful available from Verizon. Again, it fails to deliver. If you stick with email, SMS and phone, you are probably going to be OK. If you start adding applications, it starts slowing down - alot. The mouse-ball becomes unresponsive, and the hourglass icon pops up often. It could take many minutes for a message to be selected and displayed. This is a common occurrence with every BB I've owned - and I've re-freshed them to remove all personalizations. BB fails yet again. Verizon didn't help.Engadget Reader90November 3, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had the BlackBerry Tour for 3 weeks now and it has performed flawlessly. Although I had considered waiting for the Storm 2, primarily for its its touch screen ability, I do not regret getting the Tour, and it seems more durable than the Storm 2 would be. The phone itself, seems to have a fairly strong signal, as it places calls inside elevators and stadiums, when many of my co-workers do not have a signal at all. The variety of optional apps is appealing as well, and I have to say that the satellite imagery in Google maps is fascinating and the location specific features of Uber Twitter are very useful. Probably the most useful gadget I have ever owned.Engadget Reader100September 15, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I do wish there were more apps available, but I know that will be come more prevalent as time goes on. I've found apps to satisfy my smart phone needs except for an affordable vnc app. There's one out there but its $30. It's great to know that I have a higher resolution than the iPhone. Yeah that's right...take that iPhone, hah! =PThe phone seems much more stable/snappier with its 256MB of memory compared to the normal 128 in past phone models. All in all it's a great phone! I'm very happy with my purchase. I can't wait to see what RIM does in 2 years with blackberries.Engadget Reader80September 9, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my first smartphone, I had to upgrade from a motorola razr v3c. I could do alot of things with it.(move files via bluetooth to and from my mac without additional software) this feature will not work with the tour. I find myself charging this thing more often than other phones. The keyboard is nice and easy to use. The size of the phone is great(I have small hands!!) The overall quality and feel of the phone is also nice. I would recommend this phone to others. But I would just say is that if you are a heavy user that you should purchase a back up battery. I'd also say to be fair that this way more phone than I upgraded from..Engadget Reader90August 15, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Had the Pearl, had the Curve, didn't like either as much as the Tour. In addition to looking much better with the new screen & faster web browsing, it's overall a much more responsive user experience.Another welcome addition is the RIM app store. It's still somewhat anemic compared to Apple's version, but that will hopefully change over time. Interestingly, RIM apps cost a lot more on average by comparison. Strange considering the BB dev kits are free.My only complaint is Verizon now charges $30/mo. extra to tether. And on top of that, when you add the tethering option you also get limited to 5GB/mo. downloaded! Double the price & massively restrict the bandwidth -- yaaay!Engadget Reader100August 12, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had been wanting to get a Blackberry for months before the "Niagara" first turned up as a blip on the radar. My phone at the time was an LG enV2 which, despite everything I loved it for, always left me wanting more. For the several months that I was following every bit of news I could find, from the specs to the name "Tour" I got more an more obsessed. I knew it would be my next phone. I ordered it at launch and everday I still continue to be completely amazed by it. I know some people have had hardware issues with theirs, but mine has been working just fine since I got it. My last 2 phones had't lasted more than a year, but I'm sure this one will take me all the way to my next contract.....when RIM launches their theoretical future berry with LTE and WiFiEngadget Reader80August 4, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Definitely the best BB ever made in my book. They took the powerful BB Storm and put it into the traditional format that we are all used to. However, with its initial load on 4.7.1 it does have some quirks. I have the Sprint version but I'm told the Verizon one has these same issues.GPS on Google Maps does not work. I've seen posts pointing the finger in both directions (between Google and the firmware on the phone). I'm sure an update will come soon to fix this unless it's a plot by the carriers to force you to uses their own navigation apps. The problem with that is I don't use Google Maps for navigation so it should not be put in that same category. It's great for looking up businesses and doing Latitude.GPS power/sensitivity â€“ Iâ€™ve noticed the phone canâ€™t get a GPS signal in almost any building Iâ€™m in. My Pearl could get a GPS signal in almost every building I went in so something has changed. I love geotagging my pictures so this is a big deal for me.Extremely long bootup times. Some people are saying they have 12+ minutes of bootup time. I've played with my phone a lot and have gotten it to a consistent 4 1/2 minute bootup. This was after completely wiping the phone and having my BES account rebuilt (lost a lot of settings from my old phone but it was worth it). Also, keep the memory cleaner off, this seems to add over 2 minutes to the bootup process. I hope future firmware will address the long bootup time.Dedicated lock key on the top. This key is great for a one press button to lock the phone but it will also unlock it with just one press. I guess it's a preference thing as I'm sure this is great for some people. But throw it in your pocket the wrong way and something could bump it and unlock the phone. Next thing you know you've butt dialed.No mirror on the back for self portraits. Yeah, I know, who cares, right? The BB symbol back there kinda works but you then have 7 tiny versions of yourself instead of one.Recessed trackball - I realize now I'm getting into the aesthetics of the phone, its looks great and I'm guessing that is why the round metal piece around the ball that is on the Pearl and Curve phones was left off. A lot of left and right trackball use will probably cause wear on the BB and back buttons.Keyboard - ok, keep in mind I'm coming off of using a Pearl so perhaps I just need more practice, but dang, this keyboard is hard to use. The keys are flush with each other taking away the tactile difference you feel when they have a little bit of space between them. So I'm constantly hitting the wrong keys. I'm sure I'll get better but it just didn't seem too intuitive to me. On the other hand, it looks great.Right side convenience key - Maybe this is just mine and I need to take it back in and get looked at, but it seems harder to push than the left side key.Location of USB port - I wish they were on the left. The majority of users are right handed so when trying to type with one hand (right) the USB cable for charging really gets in the way. Ok, so I've mentioned the quirks that I have noticed and probably nit picked a little, but I think these are all points that need to be shared. Now for the good stuff which needs little explanation. Blazing fast, amazing screen resolution, software usability, included software, build quality, sound quality, looks, enterprise functionality, camera, etc. etc. Iâ€™m sure I could list more; this phone really is great, despite some of my gripes. I plan on keeping it because I have confidence that the fixable issues will get fixed or Iâ€™ll get used to the others.Engadget Reader90July 27, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have been a WinMo user for about four years now. Having used it so long I kind of got used to expecting my device to run real slow & eventually crap out on me at least once a day. My best friends all have been using BlackBerry devices for a long while now. So, I decided to jump on the bandwagon! I tell you what... its been a great ride so far. This device is so much faster that my HTC Touch Pro that eventually pissed me off to the point of no end! When I received it on Friday it pretty much activated its self with a little help from my service provider. My favorite thing about this device is how clear the speaker phone is. It sounds so amazing even at a very low volume it picks up your voice very well. The media app allows you to shift through all your music & movies with a few swipes of the thumb. The option to completely customize your menu is so comforting. If you don't like clutter its as simple as hiding, moving or even deleting the tiles and/or folders you what to get out of the way. Just like all BlackBerry's the email service is like no other. Super easy to set up & is pushed directly to your phones inbox. This device gives you the freedom to be who you are by making it what you want it to be. Its the new smart device that's smart enough to suit the smartest of them all. So, get your hands on one... if you're smart that is -MACEngadget Reader90July 24, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!When you first see this phone lined up next to the others on the display rack it pulls you in. The sleek glossy black, darkened sliver bezel, and black track ball gives this device a refined look that is attractive for both business and personal use. Things I like:- OS 4.7, this is a spectacular OS, if you're familiar with the Bold itâ€™s exactly the same. The icons are crisp, and the speed of the phone feels great. It rarely lags, and opening apps is quick.-GPS, Verizon finally unlocked the ability for third party applications to utilize the GPS which makes Google maps 100xâ€™s more effective. Itâ€™s accurate to within 10 meters (or more), but like all GPS systems you need to be outside, when inside Cell tower triangulation takes over and as we all now is much less accurate. Developers have created an array of apps that take advantage of this such as Ubertwitter, which will display the Tweets of people within your proximity and add a map to your location in your tweets if you so choose. -Camera, the 3.2 megapixel camera is simply amazing. That combined with the large screen resolution makes the pictures taken with it look like they came from a point and shoot. The auto focus is a nice touch on an already excellent camera.-BBM, Iâ€™ll admit I cheated on this one and found a leaked copy of 5.0, which I am in love with. Itâ€™s light years beyond what I thought RIM would do with this application. In 5.0 theyâ€™ve added Q Code invitations. If your not familiar with this concept itâ€™s basically a square with a dotted pattern inside that uniquely idâ€™s your phone. For someone to add you to their contacts all they need to do is take a picture of your pattern and boom youâ€™re in their list. 5.0 also adds a feature where if youâ€™re in a conversation with someone and another person BBM's you, their message pops up in the bottom of your conversation so you donâ€™t need to leave your current chat to see what someone said. Plus they added Avatars which can be synced to your contacts.Things I wish were different: - Micro USB, this is particularly annoying if you currently own a Blackberry, I had to buy all new chargers when I made the switch. I suppose you could buy several Mini to Micro USB convertors but still it's a hassle. - Charging port on the bottom right, this is exactly were right handed people grip the phone. (No offense to Lefties, but the Righty to Lefty ratio is approximately 9:1) When the phone is charging this makes it awkward to hold and type on. - Battery life, this phone draws a lot of power and I find myself having to charge more often than many of my other devices from the past. You also need to use a Blackberry charger, the third party one I tried merely maintained the current charge level but didn't increase it.- Start up time, this like many other models takes forever- WiFi, Wi-Not!! I canâ€™t believe Verizon didnâ€™t add this functionality it would make this device's browsing so much fasterOverallIf you have Verizon and you donâ€™t get this phone when upgrading your out of your mind. Even though my list of negatives may have been a little long they are by no means a deal breaker. This is by far your best option, and while nothing can be perfect I think RIM really hit it out of the park with this model. Future OS updates and the ingenuity of developers will keep this device a power house for a long time to come.
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