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What Makes Blackberry Phones So Great?

Updated on July 17, 2009


I was recently put in a very difficult situation, where I had to make a decision between purchasing the Blackberry Tour from Verizon, or switching to ATT for the ever-popular iPhone. I was very familiar of what the iPhone brings to the table, which was basically web browsing, and apps.. along with phone calls of course.

I have already experienced almost everything that it brought from the iPod Touch which I used to own, until it broke, and from using my friends' iPhones. I was impressed at first, but it got old very quickly.

So after thinking it through I extended my contract with Verizon and purchased the Backberry Tour 9630, and I was not disapointed at all. In fact I should have gotten it on the day the 9630 launched.

The following is a list of great things that make Blackberry devices so great.

Physical Keyboard

I'm bring out all the "guns" right now, the Blackberry Tour has a physical keyboard like lots of other smart phones, but it's not your typical QWERTY keyboard -- no no -- it is the best physical keyboard out there. It is what makes RIM's products and the Blackberry Smart Phones so unique.

RIM just knows how to make keyboards feel ergonomic.

Many argue that the touch screen phones are the future because they contain no buttons, but many people avoid them for phones like the Blackberry and most of the Palm Smart Phones because they have physical keyboards.

Yes one of the the main reasons why the Blackberry Tour is so great is that it contains the best QWERTY keyboard on any Blackberry device to date. I just don't know how RIM keeps on improving on their phones every year, but they do it.


The Blackberry Tour enjoys the one of the newest things to hit Blackberry devices, the Blackberry App World, where you download applications including games and other features from Blackberry, just like how the iPhone has their app feature.

This is probably the only weak point that the Blackberry Tour has when compared to the iPhone, but it's not a weak feature when it's standing alone amongst other phones.

It comes at no surprise that Apple's iPhone enjoys more apps in its app store, mainly because the app feature has been out for the iPhone for a much longer time than the Blackberry App World was out for the Blackberry devices. Which brings great news to Blackberry owners which will bring the 1000 apps on there up to maybe 10,000 in a year or so. I can see it happening, since new apps are launching all the time.

One of my favorite free apps is "Slacker", which is basically free internet radio, where you select whatever genre of music you like (ex: rock, rap, electric, latin, etc.) and they'll play full songs from that genre for you. You have the option to skip songs you do not like, add artists as your favorite artists so the station plays them more often, black artists or songs that you do not like, look up information on songs and band, and when you find a song you really love you have the option to directly download that song to your Blackberry.

Most importantly, apps can be downlaoded not only from the Blackberry App World, but also from third party places like Crackberry and also from regular old sites. For example, the Gmail website contains the Gmail app, where it updates your email status to instantly as emails arrive.


Blackberry and email come hand-in-hand.

Before Blackberry devices became so popular amongs regular consumers, the Blackberry was a business-only thing, and emailing is a vital part of most businesses.

You can depend on Blackberry for emails, for sure.

You have the option of creating 10 different Blackberry emails "ex:".

With a push of a button you'll have complete control over your emails and contacts.

They great keyboard comes into play here again, because it is too difficult to type a 500-word email on a touch screen.


The camera on the Blackberry Tour is the best camera on any Blackberry device.

The camera is a 3.2MP camera, complete, with flash and auto-focus.

I've taken many pictures with this thing, and every one of them looked beautiful, as good as any $300 digital camera would make.

The iPhone's major downfall is its camera, in fact, not until its latest iPhone did they add the video feature.


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      Ahmed Fano Churiso 3 years ago

      I am enjoying my blackberry z30. I would simply say nothing is better than my blackberry. it is wonderful smartphone I have ever used. you should buy and enjoy it. I expect much more from RIM.

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      i'm from the future trust me 4 years ago

      hi, i'm reading this from 2013, i respect your decision in using the BB phone over other phone, it's your personal choice . . . BUT . . .

      i must say the Blackberry tour 9630 looks very weak, and i'm saying that as if it were 2009 and not just saying that because there are much better phones right now in 2013, though, i must say that Blackberry phones have not once made me interested in them, i view them solely for uptight business people in black suits from mid 2000s, or those boys and girls who think it's soooo cool and unique . . your BB9630 is very outdated even during the time this article was made

      anyway, i saw you mention something about BB 9630 having the best camera in the phone market, i'm afraid i'm going to have to shoot you down quite in a brutal manner, you said that the 3.2mp camera of the BB9630 is the "best"(did i get it right?), oooooh i can only think of how few phones you have come across . . . lets see . . BB9630 actually has a 3.15mp cam with autofocus . . . my very old(and i mean not working anymore) Samsung d900 had 3.15mp with autofocus, and it was released like June 2006, i bought it around October, and a month before the BB9630 was released, Nokia N86 was released with an 8mp cam, that's more than twice the BB9630 . . soooo . . . .

      you could just mention how much you like "this phone", but pleeeease NEVER compare it to other phones because of your personal preference, other than how much money you save by getting this or that phone rather than the newest flagship smartphone that basically has the same functions but cheaper . .

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      Nikit 5 years ago

      What i love about the Blackberry phones is its solid outlook and hot design...i find samsung and apple toys ...By blackberry we mean seriousness ..i believe your phone is your friend..earlier i had blackberry storm which i really love in used tremendously i had almost no problem with it...i like its unique sure type keypad...then i replaced it with blackberry 9860 which is such a nice phone with incredible standard features and solid looks...i m in love with it..especially with its professional features it never fails to alert me of any meeting or its emailing is actually if you think you have become mature enough go for blackberry and keep calm ;)...bye

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      Ummi 5 years ago

      Blackberry is totally business phone that's why, its great.


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      Blackberry is Good 6 years ago

      I am not comparing Black Berry with Iphone or other smart phones. I did own a black berry 8520 and recently exchanged it with an 9300. Also i do have an iphone 4 with me.

      When i got my bill for iphone i almosted fainted as the network operator had charged me around 30 thousand. When questioned they said my internet usage is very high. I seldom browse and it took sometime to realise that if i don't off the data then the phone will automatically be browsing and downloading stuffs.

      Good grace while applying for the connection i made a smart move by writing in the form to inform me with an sms or a call when my bill exceeds Rs.2000/- Hence i could get a solution and had to just pay that Rs. 2000/- even though i had to fight for it.

      My blackberry i have taken an unlimited plan which is just around 200/month. With this even though i can browse much i am able to access around 10 emails. I have 2 official ids and 2 own which gives me enough of activity. And ofcourse if i wanted to surf the net i wld rather do it on my laptop rather than surf the net on Phone.

      Another advantage is we can create group and also use blackberry messenger which can be done around the world.

      SO my full marks and votes go for Black Berry for people who want to stay in touch with Business mails and Friends..

      But beware of the service. They rip u for small complaints also.. But that happens with all Smart Phones

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      HarryCat 6 years ago

      Well, I've tried many different phones even that piece of junk iPhone which locked up ever time I received a call while playing music, and texting. After I dumped AT&T with their crappy phone and service, I decided to try an old second hand flashed Blackberry 8330. Now I can serf the web, answer email, text, listen to music and talk all at the same time..

      You iPhone fan boys need to get a life and a better phone.

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      liltk 6 years ago

      People buy an iPhone just becuz they like to show off..i have expensive phone and shit but when become a real phone is the BlackBerry. iphone for a boy BlackBerry for a man

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      Hari kumar 6 years ago


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      truth 6 years ago

      hilarius how bad this article is and how bad peoples oppinion is, in the article the blackberries strong points are actually terrible points and comparing the apps of blackberry apps to iphone is laughable, there apps suck because the phone sucks and isn't good enough to play decent games.

      3.2mp camera? lmao. email? oh cause no other phones have email right? lmao.

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      Sunny 6 years ago

      Can i subscribe with a china blackberry phone ?

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      vuyani 6 years ago

      i use 2 h8 blackberries bcuz evry1 wud boost bwt them bt since,i lent my father's 9300curve 2 access fb,i ws impressd u cud do a lot of thngz that a lot of 4ne's cnt,u gt instant email,social networks and,bbm, bis.i ws impressed since nowadays its nowadys its bwt social networks,here in southafrica mst ppl lv bb weda yng or old,cnt w8 2 get 1 nxt 4 iphone who cares bwt intertaiment wen u got bb

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      bell 6 years ago

      the keyboard is really good but i have seen better, it is a really good phone. the BBM is also awsem coz a lot

      of people have blackberry's, so i can tlk to them for free.

      All in all i think the blackberry is on of the most best phones i have seen. but thenagain there is better.

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      Skull Candy 6 years ago


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      Jordynnn(; 6 years ago

      So here's my opinion on this....

      I have had quite a few smartphones, I've had 2 iPhones, Htc android, Blackberrys, Windows Phone 7, and regular WinMo (terrible not even gonna talk about that)

      So, my first smartphone was a windows mobile 6 device, like i said it was terrible so i'm not gonna talk about that... my second was an iPhone 3G, which i got off my dad when his contract was due upgrade, and i absolutley loved it! the touch screen was really good, capacitive instead of horrible resistive screens, and it blew me away with the appstore! games and apps, facebook with push notifications, and it had what no other phone had, facebook chat! i thought to my self i'm going to keep this phone for life! I could not go from this amazing smart phone to a feature phone after having this, and I wouldn't be able to afford a phone that's as decent as this.... i kept it for quite a few months and didn't get bored of it... but then it came to a day where my dad had a drunk house party bbq and he dropped his new 3gs on a bbq! and he had like a year and a half on his contract, and mine was due an upgrade, so we went to the store, and i planned to get a 3gs since i got a good deal for been an existing customer and my dad was willing to pay a bit more so i would give him his old iphone back.... i get there and they were out of stock, i was devestated, and me been impatient to wait over a week, and my dad needing a phone, i left the shop with a htc desire.... and i had mixed opinions on it, i loved the upgraded hardware and amazing screen resolution and a lot of other things, expecting it to be quite decent app wise with its "android market" which was the android version of the appstore and i was devastated to see how little apps it had... but there were a few decent ones, i didn't like that the android os is quite buggy, had to use advanced task killer to close apps, from eating my battery and running sluggish, also occasionaly got force close on some apps, but i coped with it, unlike the iphone where everything "just worked"... a while later my friend got a blackberry curve 3g... and i kind of took a shine to it, so i traded in my htc desire for the 8520 curve and loved it... problem is my network is a 3g only network so failed to get any signal where i lived... but they did have a fall back 2g signal with the orange uk network where there 3g coveage wasn't quite good enough so i managed to set up with my internet and service books and use it at home over wifi.. and after a while, i loved the phone, but didn't like that i couldn't make calls or texts where i live due to it been a 3g only network... so my dad bought me a second hand iphone off a friend, and it was "okay i guess" i liked the phone, but got hooked on bbm since its really popular where i live, but i used it for a while, then after i used my brothers htc hd7 windows phone 7 phone, and thought it was amazing! the user interface was beautiful, and had gorgeous animations, and 3d effects and transitions... but the market place, had very little content but i did like it and it "just worked" without tweaking anything like an iphone, after a week i had to give it him back, and i got back to using my iphone and it looked so dull! boring icons and everything! so i decided i wanted another blackberry... i don't have much money, only 17 so i hit ebay, looking for something that had 3g and that i could afford.... i end up buying a storm... and i wasn't keen at first, with the touch click screen because i fell in love with my curve for typing, i could type so fast without even looking! but i decided that ill just keep it, it did everything my curve did with slightley better specs, but i'd just be a little slow at typing.... after a while i got really used to typing, and found i could type quicker than i could on the iphone and i could type pretty quick on that, sometimes it wasn't accurate but i could quickly correct spelling mistakes... but the storm was quite battered as i just got the cheapest i could find on ebay, and tacky and scratched, and a bit faulty but i coped with it, but in the meentime i was saving my money to buy a blackberry curve 3g..... so not long ago i bought my curve 3g and i love it! it works amazingly well! extremly fast, i'm a social person, and text, bbm, facebook, twitter and email the lot constantly! its perfect... the notifications are top notch and come through instantly and always... unlike the iphone and android where push notifications were a bit hit and miss... and the battery life is good too, its nothing like the older days where your phone would hold charge for a week... but it gets me through the day with heavy usage until i go to bed and put it on charge, unlike the iphone where when i left the house i had to turn wifi off screen brightness down, push notifications off the lot, and it would run completley flat 3/4s the day before i get home with barely using it due the the poor battery... android and windows phone 7 are slightly improved by lasting the whole day barely using it... but the blackberry i use very heavily and it holds charge!... blackberrys are the best phones if your using it for facebook etc, it does everything that the iphones facebook app does, its not as "pretty" but it actually works flawless, the only thing berrys aren't good at is for gaming... i was a little dissapointed at first, but my opinion has completley changed now, iphones have fancy 3d games where as berrys don't but i would only play them at home while connected to a power source because the battery on an iphone will drain in like an hour... and if i'm going to be at home anyways i would rather play my xbox, or 3ds or on my android tablet, since these are actually for gaming (except android tab) and have better quility games! soo, the screen res on the curve 3g is pretty poor.. and i would like to have a nicer device such as the bold which doesn't just look nicer but has upped specs and screen res... i can't afford one and my curve 3g serves me for everything i want really (:

      and as for the person that said about a touch pro 2 having a better keyboard than a blackberry... well everyone has there own opinions, people say the keyboard on the bold is better than the curve, i haven't really tried it much but i couldn't imagine that i would like it as much, i love the spaced clicky keys on my curve, i type extremly fast and really accurate and i couldn't imagine there to be a better one... but ya never know when i discover the bold keyboard i may fall in love again!... but put it this way blackberrys are famous and are known for having the best keyboards.... where as the touch pro 2 and other crappy devices arent... so that's your opinion, blackberrys been famous for theres is a fact!

      so yeah, that's my opinion on this! don't bite my head off for it, everyone is welcome to there own opinions (:

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      Andi 6 years ago

      So, let me share with you my BB expirience; a few years ago I bought a BB Storm phone with touch screen; i am a fan of touchscreen instead of ordinary keyboard, don't know, maybe because it is easy to me to not have 4 keys on one, and having to guess what buttons I press in order to hit the right key, plus the fact that when I play a game or browse a webpage I have a bigger screen.

      So, having all this in mind, I went to bay a second hand phone, and I did (no contract just the phone). I forgot to mention, I am not a monthly subscriber, I enjoy more the pre paid card, it gives me freedom, not having any worries that I have to pay each month. So, I meet the guy that was selling the phone, I look at the phone, and I pay the man. Then the next thing I do is that I insert the sim, and I was waiting from my mobile operator to send me the automatic settings for connecting to Internet, but then the shock came, I haven't received any settings.

      I've called Customer Support, and I have asked them why I don't get the settings, and they've told me that I need to be a monthly subscriber for a Black Berry Service. What????, So there is no other way to use internet on this damn machine???? Nop!!!

      So, I feel compeled to ask, why in Uncle Tom's name do I have to pay extra for using the Internet, when I already have an internet option active on my prepayd account???? It is the worst and the most stupid thing ever.

      Also I had huge problems trying to write sms, I've pressed the "a" key, and always was the "s" key tiped; again, damn stupid.

      The user interface, very poor, except the big menu, the rest was just like an old Nokia 5110 menu, except it was color.

      So, trust me, that was the first and the last time I've used a BB; sold it the same day!!!

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      Jack 6 years ago

      I cannot understand why people think blackberry's are so good. i will admit i do not own a blackberry or intend to own one, because many of the people i know have blackberry's, and almost every one of them has had their blackberry break for some unknown reason and have had to purchase another one, which leads me to believe they are terrible phone, sure, they may have many good features, but what is the point of paying good money for a phone that consistently breaks? As i said before, many of my friends use blackberry's, and so i have had lots of opportunities to look at them, and to be fair, the only good thing about blackberry's is the blackberry messenger, and even then, it makes me wonder what is the point in having two ways of messaging somebody on a phone?

      Here is a piece of advice to somebody deciding whether to buy a blackberry or not


      You would be much better off saving money for an Iphone, as a few people i know have them and very rarely experience problems, it is true that they become old and a better one is released quickly, but, atleast in my opinion, you cant put a price on quality, and for the record

      Why the f*ck would you buy a phone with a keyboard? are computers suddenly of no more use?

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      Enlightened 6 years ago

      I cannot understand the obsession by Blackberry Fans. I bought it for my young teenage daughter because she wanted to use to BBM her friends because they had it. Especially those that had paygo phones, so messaging free was fantastic for them. No advantage for my daughter as she was on contact and had thousand of minutes but she just wanted to be part of the group!

      Anyway, the phone in my opinion is total crap in build (the Bold)! Compared to my phone at the time the Nokia E71 which beat the Blackberry Bold hands down. Even my daughter had to admit that. It only goes to show what branding and marketing can do. Everybody could use MSN & yahoo messsengers free, on-line on their mobiles so what was special about BBM? Plus you have to pay extra here for Blackberry email/BBM with your mobile phone company. Why???? No other company does that.

      Also, I keep hearing it is great for business. Why is it any more better for business than other phones? It has a tiny screen so you can't read documents well compared to the average smartphone. I have had to wait for my daughter's emails to arrive at times! The calender, etc. are TINY AND BASIC..... I am using the Samsung Galaxy II and the UI is fantastic compared to the ugly thing on my daughter's Blackberry Bold.

      I must admit it took me time to get used to touch screen but you do. But then, I was never an avid texter so I much prefer touchscreen on every level. As for the web browsing, I don't get how with such beautiful smart phones out there with lovely big vibrant screens people insist on using the blackberry! And moreso insist that it is a fantastic phone??? How??? Why???

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      prince 6 years ago

      i love ma blackberry

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      marcuspoleern 6 years ago

      i love blackberry for having a physical qwerty keyboard. nothing else... OH wait... also the NAME... no BIS perfectly my blackberry is a paralyze! it has wifi but it's just a front... still need to subscribe to BIS thing for you to use it fully (in our case here in the philippines and other countries i guess)..

      iphone and other touchphone is more of entertainment... since it's a touch phone, sometimes you will have difficulty esp. in typing BUT it depends... the longer you use to type in a touch qwerty, you can even type faster compared to a physical qwerty...

      practicality wise, there are a lot of phones with physical qwerty that can give you the most of a mobile phone that blackberry cant give/offer... but nevertheless, satisfaction regarding mobile phones depends on how the user use his/her phone... if you are in business and needs an ASAP email access, blackberry i think is the best choice... if you find games should come with a phone, so then android and iphone are the best choices...

      for my case, i own both... an android and a blackberry curve...

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      Mr Guest 6 years ago

      In Brief:

      iPhone vs Blackberry

      • Blackberry is ahead of iPhone in terms of emailing and messaging capabilities

      • iPhone is ahead of Blackberry in terms of entertainment

      • iPhone is more user friendly, and even kids use it with ease and confidence

      • Blackberry is more popular among business executives, while iPhone is popular among all categories of consumers and is considered a status symbol

      Read more:

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      jamal 6 years ago

      Hold a minute..... I am surprised how you guys easily blame other's products in order to advertise yours. Iphone gets old very soon????? what it means??? get old by its external appearance or because new models come soon???? if you mean it gets old physically then I would like to bring in your notice that Iphone has touch screen with scratchless protection fore front and even from back... If you meant it gets old because of models coming then I would like to inform you that only 3 models launched so far in Iphones history namely 2G, 3G and 4G. I am using a 2G now and the 4S is already launched. I don't feel anything wrong in 2G. It does anything for me. Ofcourse the future is of Touch Screens.... these ordinary keys system will vanish one day.... The one who don't believe lives in fools palace

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      me 6 years ago

      in terms of UI and customizability. . .android phones FTW !!!!

      but i like Blackberry phones btw . . while iphones are just overpriced and overglorified phones that makes you feel outdated every year, as they release a "new" upgraded version . . instead of a new model . .

      "hey i've just bought the iphone 6, oh . . you still have the iphone 4....."

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      xMissMuffinx 6 years ago

      Hey there. I'm getting a new phone soon, and I'm stuck between a blackberry (possibly the bold touch) and the HTC Desire S. Love the Android interface on the HTC and all the apps, but I'm being persuaded by the keyboard and BBM on the Blackberry. What's internet browsing like on BBs? Which should I go for?

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      DanTheMan 6 years ago

      @Glare If you want to actually argue and defend your subject you have to have solid facts, not OPINIONS. Haven't you been to high school girl? Your obviously not reasoning and supporting your facts well. And if you do want to put an opinion in you have to actually have to have the PROOF and FACTS to back your opinions. And by the way I find Blackberry a very stupid phone where you have to look for the tiny little keys and have to endure the "CLICK" sounds everytime. If you want an ACTUAL phone then you might as well get a touch. And I'm not being biased right now. I actually like all phones. Unless I have to endure THAT PHONE. There are so many other phones out in the world that can outbeat Blackberry anytime, anywhere. Why spend the money you can buy Android phones with? Why bother? I mean, if you want to go use your flimsy Blackberry, go ahead. Your loss.

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      haha 6 years ago

      blackberry's are great BBM is so cooooool

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      tensaigandy 7 years ago

      huh ? 3.2 MP camera ?

      even my Galaxy Mini with 3 MP camera is MUCH MUCH better than my Javelin with 3.2 MP camera

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      hassan reals 7 years ago

      BB way faster and make much more sense for text and email. And has better and faster encryption programs for text and email.

      IPhone good for entertainment.

      Kind of like work and play.

      BB for work. IPhone for play.

      As for price they are both overpriced and the cell companies all charge to much.

      Oh and the iPhone tends to exploit the end user much more than the blackberry does, but really who knows...

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      Sims 7 years ago

      I had the Iphone 4 16GB, my contract ended and my monthly plan was going to go from $50 a month (includes data) to $85 a month (including data) because Apple decided they needed some share of the data plans. I had to think quick either get the BB Torch and pay $30 a month with data plan the same as the iphone 4 at $85. I really liked my iphone 4, the reason it has more apps is because it has more employees working on it almost 10 to 1 compared to BB. its only been a month with my BB and i am learning new things, yes the typing is better as with the iphone it was awesome with the touch screeb but i always touched the wrong key with my thumb and that got annoying. I am a business owner so the BB does work a lot better than the iphone for business, for today trendy kids the iphone is a popular thing, but the price tag on it is not really worth it. I still have my iphone and if they ever stop being greedy maybe i will switch back, but from there laptops and other items their processors are behind. The only thing i hate about the bb torch is the lock screen button, useless... Lock the screen and put it in your pants it will get unlocked. I need more time with my BB to get the over all feeling, the iphone i had for a year so for now this is it.

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      Yeeeeah 7 years ago

      i own a sony ericsson u10i; it has a big enough screen, its both touch screen and physical keyboard, (touch screen is limited though).

      it has 8GB memory, 8 mega pixel camera, and a smart text messaging layout similar to the iphones conversation layout.

      im not saying its (u10i) the best phone in the world, but I am saying, the Blackberry is not.

      the only thing appealing to its teenage buyers is the bbm service where you can message eachother for "free".

      i will admit it has taken over both msn messenger and Facebook,

      however i find it easier to message people in detail on a computer.

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      brandy 7 years ago

      i totally agree with this article (and not so many user comments.) For all the touchscreen iphone arguers out there, about two months ago i had to switch from at&t to a pre-paid plan. i left my iphone 3g behind and went with the blackberry curve 8530.

      and i am happy to say, whether its prepaid or not, i will Always have a blackberry from now on!

      while i loved the iphone at first, it quickly lost it's excitement. there was very little you could customize on it, no text tones, etc.

      blackberrys offer all that plus they are made to be a personal organizer. and for all the people who complain about the few apps bb has...there are apps in every category that are useful and in my opinion blackberry phones have so much to offer apps are the last thing i'm worried about having

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      Richard  7 years ago

      Personally I think bb email sucks. I cannot view labels from gmail. I could with iPhone. There only seems to a one way sync with bb and your email server. With this in mind I can't see why bb is supposed to be fantastic at email. My regret is that I have replaced my iPhone with a 9780 and it's not cutting the mustard.

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      Glare 7 years ago from Washington DC area

      @TC because I'm a girl :)

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      TC 7 years ago

      @Glare: Why are you being childishly biased? Is it because of the lack of exposure? 'Get your facts straight'? Are you kidding me? You just made a very bold statement of claiming the BB keyboard to be the best. Have you used more than 1 other QWERTY board? Who calls a keyboard that needs an Alt key to pull up a 'period' or 'quote' or 'comma' or 'question mark' etc the best board ever? You MUST be joking. The Nokia E71 board for example is at least 10 times better. It doesn't have the feed back that the BB has but certainly let's you type a lot quicker. The E71 also doesn't make a tiresome clicking noise from every press. That get's annoying especially when you type out a long mail. There are at least 5 other phones out there that have better boards over the BB and that isn't by a margin mind you. I have a Curve, used a Bold significantly and tried the Tour; none of which compare to my other 2 QWERTYs. I like my BB very much, but I would not remotely be so ready claim it to be the best. And one more thing, the browser on the BB is just rubbish.



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      perfection 7 years ago

      oii people im kinda stuck :/ which blackberry phone is the best?? bold, curve or da oders?? lol i wanna buy a new phone and helllllll i dunno which phone is the best :p u guys r u sure blackberry phones r da best?!

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      tom 7 years ago

      The BB email is great. But if you have ANY inkling at all to search web, the BB is just the worst smartphone on the market. Here's a test: Go paint a room. The Watch the paint dry. (This will actually be a litle faster than internet on the BB). If you enjoyed watching the paint dry, then you will like the internet on the BB. If you DON'T use the internet - AT ALL - then BB is very good

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      Chris 7 years ago

      Big Bodied Men?

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      Nicole 8 years ago

      Im an iPhone owner and i have to tell you, im very interested in Blackberries. iPhones get old & outdated very fast. I feel quite angst. I love it with all my heart though. BUT im not biased when it comes to opinions. I wanna know more about BB. I like the look of BB Tour, Bold & Curve. Im planning to ask my mom to get one for both of us because she works so far.. & communicating with her is expensive! ._.

      Is a BlackBerry worth every penny?

      & can someone tell me more about BBM?


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      ROBERT 8 years ago



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      Glare 8 years ago from Washington DC area

      The two above users.

      Before I purchased my Blackberry Tour I tried every QWERTY keyboard in every phone in every store from each phone provider around my area.

      In my opinion Blackberry phones have the best QWERTY keyboards in the market. Like it or not.

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      arvinoids 8 years ago


      [quote]Glare 4 weeks ago

      You have no clue what you are talking about. Blackberry phones have the best keyboards in the business


      I think this is not the site for me. This sort of comment is downright pointless - not stating any reason why you are saying it is just plain dumb. Like a baby trying to fight for her toy. You should try to be subjective if you want to push an idea to the world.

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      Set's All Set 8 years ago from New England

      I like BB and I am thinking about getting a Bold 9650 (tour 2) when it comes to Sprint next month. However, I think you are being a bit bias. The touch pro 2 has the best keyboard I've every used and my samsung moment has a pretty nice feel to them as well. Okay, so the BB has the best portrait keyboard but they BEST keyboard? You're going a bit too far there. Get your hands on a touch pro 2 and you will see how silly it is to compare the two.

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      hmalik 8 years ago

      I agree with you a bit, but blackberry phone are heavy weight Somo wrestlers.

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      Glare 8 years ago from Washington DC area

      You have no clue what you are talking about. Blackberry phones have the best keyboards in the business

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      Andyp 8 years ago

      lol at Glare!

      Dare me to find a phone with a better keyboard than the blackberry?

      How about the Touch Pro 2! Even the original Touch Pro or even Nokia N97?

      Seen the advert and lapped it up eh! oh dear.

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      Glare 8 years ago from Washington DC area

      Actually yes, they can multi-task. BlackBerry just got their App Store, actually later than the Palm Pre, and they already have more apps than them. Yes you can use tethering with your BlackBerry.

      The Palm Pre is no competition to any BlackBerry.

      Sorry sir, get your facts straight.

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      developer 8 years ago

      Blackberries have been around for years but all they have to show are just 2000 apps?! That's really sad while the very first model of the Palm Pre has only been around for 7 months and now already have 1400 apps! That means more developers are building and supporting Palm Pre smartphones than blackberries. Palm Pre works as a portable Wireless Router allowing you to permit 2 or more laptops or WiFi devices access to the internet! Blackberries are falling behind while even the Palm Pre can manage and juggle 3 or more eMail servers at the same time in one single place. Can blackberries even run many applications at the same time? Multitasking? Probably not...meanwhile you can listen to Pandora Internet Music while using GPS Navigation at the same time using Android phones or the Palm Pre. Looks like Blackberries are no longer qualified to compete with the big 3..(iPhone, Palm Pre, Android smartphones)...sorry BB. Especially when I release several Business Enterprise apps for the Palm Pre...businesses will drop their blackberries in favor of a more powerful Palm Pre in the next coming months.

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      Glare 8 years ago from Washington DC area


      1. The screens have very high resolution, and they offer the biggest screens while having physical keyboards.

      2. They have some of the best, if not best cameras in the market. 3.2 MP cameras are things that no one had a year ago, and it even has auto focus and flash. Two things that over 95% of the phones in the market do not have.

      3. You are just being ridiculous here. They have keyboards that are better than any other handheld full-seized keyboards in the market, and I dare you to find one phone with a better keyboard than the Blackberry Tour, Bold, or even Curve.

      4. You have no idea what you're talking about. It sure beats the WinMo phone's interphase, Palm's both old and "new" UI, and Apple's iPhone's UI is extremely outdated, and is often criticized by popular gadget blogs such as Engadget and Gizmodo for being so outdated.

      You might just own a very old BlackBerry, or are just a touch screen lover. You cannot compare a touch screen phone to a non-touch screen one. They're on two separate playing fields, but I still prefer my BB over any touch screen phone.

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      buttons 8 years ago

      I google searched "what is so great about blackberries" Because honestly I have no clue what so ever. I hate blackberries with all my soul and passion. I am forced to use and support these stupid phones for my employer and I just don't see the value. They have good battery life and the physical keyboard is LEAPS and bounds better then say an on screen keyboard of a motorola Q windows mobile phone but it ends there.

      1.) tiny low resolution screen. Check

      2.) horrible onboard camera. Check

      3.) cramped keyboard where you have to hunt and peck for symbols, numbers, letters, etc. Check

      4.) the least intitutive user interface on a phone. Check

      I could probably go on and on... But the truth is any modern phone such as the palm pre, iphone, droids, or touch pro 2, etc Deliver more functionality and better end user experience then a blackberry. Don't even get me started on the whole "blackberry shuts off the radio to keep your phone on an extra few minutes" Do you know how many calls I have missed because the radio wasn't turned off but i wasn't notified? What good is a PHONE that cannot receive calls??? If i wanted to save some battery life, then I will turn it off myself.

      I don't own an iphone because I couldn't justify the price tag, but every experience with one has been positive. Its one of the few phones that can pull off on screen keyboard because its extremely accurate.

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      The Truth 8 years ago

      I support this article 100%, I am an owner of an Iphone 3g and I agree that it has gotten old fast, and so now I too am switching over to verizon/Blackberry Tour. Glad to hear that you are enjoying it so much :D

      Thanks for the great review btw :D

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      thesleepingman 8 years ago

      Hey great info on the 9630, I didn't know you could create so many emails from it. I just wrote a hub comparing the 9630 for sprint and the Palm Pre, hope you don't mind me linking to this article.

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      Mkcoy 8 years ago from London

      I love touch screen but keypad is easy for typing faster.

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      barker 8 years ago

      i phones pwn


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