With all the brouhaha caused by the Motorola Droid, I’ve been neglecting some of the other recent arrivals. Last week at the Sprint Open Developer Conference, in addition to getting a free HTC Hero, I also scored a free BlackBerry 9630 (Tour)!
In the past, I’ve enjoyed the BlackBerry 8320 (Curve) and, although the BlackBerry 9530 (Storm) was a total disaster, I was impressed with its CDMA+GSM radio and its excellent camera. The Tour is the best of both worlds – a traditional BlackBerry like the Curve with the same trick radio and camera as the Storm…
The only major sticking point about the Tour is the lack of WiFi. How can any manufacturer/carrier consider making/selling a phone without WiFi these days?
The Gobi radio from Qualcomm works on CDMA/EVDO networks (US 800/1900 MHz) as well as GSM/EDGE (worldwide quad-band) and UMTS/HSDPA (Euro/Asia 2100 MHz) networks. This particular Tour came factory unlocked, which is rather strange – but I’m not complaining :)