A BlackBerry Tour 9630 has just arrived here today at Mobility Nigeria courtesy of MyCricketPDA.com. It is our first BlackBerry review, so it is a landmark of sorts.
While I have played with BlackBerry devices from friends for minutes at a go, I am curious as to how a Berry will fare as my primary smartphone. As such, over the next few days, I will be pushing the boundaries of this device. I plan on subscribing to one of the pre-paid BlackBerry services from one of the GSM network operators, so if you’ve got a Berry, expect my PIN (at least for the duration of the review, after which you may be on your own)!
I’m guessing that you all are curious too. Will I get addicted to Berry Messenger? Will the browser suffice? What of battery life, multimedia, and camera shots? How efficiently does it handle e-mail?
Not to worry, you know that when I get my hands on a device to review it, its the complete works.
In the meantime, let’s start with the list of specifications
- Dimensions: 112 × 62 × 14.2 mm
- Weight: 130g
- OS: BlackBerry 4.7
- 2.4 inch display; 480 x 360 pixel resolution, over 65,000 colors
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Trackball navigation
- GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, CDMA/EVDO Rev A 800/1900
- Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0
- Bluetooth v2.0 including support for stereo headsets
- Integrated GPS with A-GPS
- 1400 mAh battery
- 528 MHz Processor
- 256 MB internal storage
- Up to 8 GB of additional storage with an external microSD card
- 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels autofocus, LED flash, image stabilisation, 2X digital zoom, Geo-tagging functionality
- Documents editor
- BlackBerry maps application
Here’s a shot of the new guy taken with my N900:
Expect my series on the BlackBerry Tour 9630. If you have any specific areas that you want me to give attention to in my review series, post away in the comment section.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.