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RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review

BlackBerry Tour 9630

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Connectivity and Data:

The Blackberry Tour 9630 is a true world phone, with a dual-band CDMA radio for here in the States and quad-band GSM for traveling abroad. The EVDO Rev. A radio gives high speed data in the U.S. and UMTS on the 2100MHz band allows for 3G roaming abroad. Wi-Fi is unfortunately lacking, but GPS is on board. Also unfortunate, the GPS seems to be locked on our Verizon Tour as Google Maps was not able to pinpoint us. *Update* We were informed to perform a *228 option 1 and 2 on the phone. After we did that, we were able to get both VZ Navigator and Google Maps to work without problem. Based upon this, we can now conclude that GPS is indeed unlocked, which is great. It has Bluetooth 2.0 (but no EDR) and supports the mono/stereo headset, hands-free, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP), and serial port, A2DP, AVCRP and DUN profiles.

The browser is the same one found on devices after the Bold, and it’s still passable but not great. Opera Mini should be an immediate download. BlackBerry Desktop Manager handles desktop sync as always. It is used to manage calendar, tasks, contacts and email synchronization with your desktop. You can also use the data cable to load media onto the memory card, and Media Sync will allow for iTunes syncing of non-DRM files, like we’ve seen with other recent BlackBerry devices.

GPS - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
The browser of RIM Blackberry Tour 9630 - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
The browser of RIM Blackberry Tour 9630 - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review



Multimedia:

RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review

The media player is laid out well and simple to use, but not overly loaded with features. It supports folders, and will sort your music by Artist, Album and Genres. It also supports album art and playlists, which the user can create on the go, and the other options are Repeat and Shuffle. Audio formats supported are MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA and WMA ProPlus , while the video formats are MPEG4 H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.264 and WMV. Unfortunately there is no XviD or DivX support like the Bold or Curve 8900. As we stated earlier videos look wonderful on the high resolution screen. The included stereo headphones are pretty poor, but the 3.5mm jack means you can use any headphones you want. With our higher quality headphones music sounded very good.



Media player - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Media player - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Media player - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Media player - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review


The camera was very average. Pictures were good but not great, colors were a bit subdued and pictures lacked detail and were sometimes grainy. It features image stabilization and geotagging, and the user can customize the white balance, but the controls are fairly pedestrian. It took about four seconds to launch the camera and snap a picture, and another five to capture another one. The flash is ok at short distances, as you would expect from a single LED. Videos can be recorded in MMS (176x144) or Normal (480x352) modes, neither of which are fantastic but they get the job done. There will be a no camera version of the Tour as well for business people who deal with sensitive information.

Outdoor photos shot with the RIM Blackberry Tour 9630 - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Outdoor photos shot with the RIM Blackberry Tour 9630 - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Outdoor photos shot with the RIM Blackberry Tour 9630 - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Outdoor photos shot with the RIM Blackberry Tour 9630 - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review

Indoor photos - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Indoor photos - RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review



RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review
Software:

RIM has not announced what processor the BlackBerry Tour 9630 runs on, but we’d expect it to be the same 512MHz processor that powers the Curve 8900. It has a bump in memory, now up to 256MB of RAM and ROM. There is not much in terms of software beyond what we have come to expect from BlackBerry devices. The most notable of which is the DataViz Documents to Go package, and of course Brick Breaker. On the social networking front, Flickr, Facebook and MySpace are all preloaded.

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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display2.4 inches, 480 x 360 pixels (250 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.41 x 2.44 x 0.56 inches
(112 x 62 x 14.2 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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