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RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review

BlackBerry Tour 9630

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Call performance was not so good on the 9630.  On our end callers sounded a bit distant and hollow, much as they did on the 8350i.  Still, we could hear callers fine and had no problems making out what they were saying.  They, however, were not as fortunate.  They told us it was the worst phone we have ever tested, and that we sounded like we were talking though wax paper and were very hard to hear.  There was no static on their end, it was just very poor sound quality.  We tried the Sprint HTC Snap and Verizon Pearl Flip at the same time, to eliminate network issues on either end, and the results were the same.  We requested another unit, and had better but still poor results.  The wax paper effect went away, but callers still complained that we sounded poor and they had a hard time understanding us.  Suffice it to say that sound quality is a potential issue.

The 1400mAh battery is rated at a very respectable 5 hours of talk time and two weeks of standby, but that talk time is down from the nearly 6 on the 8330.  Of course RIM has underrated the battery’s performance, and in our testing we were able to achieve 5:48 of talk time which is quite acceptable for a smartphone.


There is no doubt that the Tour is the finest hardware ever to come out of Canada.  It is simply gorgeous, with an amazing display and the finest keyboard on the market.  The global radios means it has no boundaries, and the camera-less version will ensure that.  It is fast and stable, with a very polished UI.  There remains that problem with call quality, however.  Furthermore, we can’t help but feel a bit bored by it.  Yeah, the hardware is great, but does it really offer much more than the Curve it replaces?  If international travel is a factor then certainly, but otherwise we tend to think not.  In terms of function it just doesn’t do anything that the 8330 doesn’t.  If you’re rocking a Pearl or looking to become a new BlackBerry owner then the Tour is an excellent choice, but otherwise holding on to what you have won’t do you any harm.

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RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review


  • Near flawless QWERTY
  • Vibrant, rich display
  • Stable, quick OS


  • Call quality is a major issue
  • Beyond international traveling, it doesn’t offer Curve owners a compelling reason to upgrade
  • OS has become stale
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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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