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I recently entered the smartphone world almost two years ago, and this was my first purchase! While the phone is clearly out of date now, it's still great and I really enjoy using it. I'm afraid of an all touchscreen phone, so I chose this blackberry because of the keyboard. The keys are so easy to type on and have a great response feel to them. You can tell when you pres the key, and it feel like a real keyboard. The screen is small, but it's easy to read texts and e-mails. Sometimes it is a little difficult to browse websites because of the scrolling you have to do, but if you're just looking at a basic page, you'll be fine. The camera is also a bit weak. The tour 9630 has a 3.2 megapixel camera, which is about 4-5 MPs lower than camera phones that are new to the market. If you plan to take pictures and upload them to your computer, they will be of average quality, but nothing like you would expect from a newer camera. The blackberry app world is a bit lacking, compared to Android and Apple. However, everything I really need I can find in the appworld, so I don't have a problem. The Operating system can only be updated to OS5, and I believe that the new BBs are already on OS7. This was a great phone at the time, but it is simply being replace by the changing market of smartphones. If you're looking for something very basic, this phone is for you, but if you want to keep up with the modern times, I would look elsewhere. Check out the Blackberry 9900 Bold series.
I've had my Blackberry Tour for about 5 months now, and I love it. This is the first blackberry I've ever had, so I can't compare it to the models before, or the current model. I know there are newer models out that are better, but since I was just getting into the smartphone market and was not sure what I actually needed, I chose this mid-range phone. The phone has a very light feel, something that I wasn't expecting from its size. The phone fits perfectly in my hand, and has a great feel to it. All of the buttons are accessible with one hand, and that makes it easy to do tasks while on the move. I believe this is one of the last model that uses the trackball as its navigator. Most of the current models have the trackpad, but I love the trackball feature. The response is great, and I can feel that I can make my selections more accurate. My favorite part of my Tour is the home screen. You can download themes to customize your home screen, or you can use software to make them yourself. I chose to make one myself, because I was looking for something specific. My home screen now shows me my calendar and upcoming tasks, as well as my top 12 apps that I put there to have quick access to. Having my home screen setup like this, I am able to get just about anything I need very quickly, without having to go into the secondary screen and other folders to search for it. There are a few buttons on the phone that are very useful. On the top left is a lock button. Pressing this will lock the keyboard, so that if you put your phone in your pocket or purse, it won't accidentialy do something. To unlock it, you simply press it again. It also has a button than you can assign an app to, so that you have quick access to it. You can download apps through the blackberry app world, either through the internet or the appworld on your phone. There are many useful apps, and some are even free! Overall, this is a great phone for someone just getting into the smartphone world, or someone that doesn't need to do a whole lot with their phone. The one thing that I don't like about it is the fact that it does not have a wi-fi internet option.