Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Gadget

I love gadgets, and will usually lust after the newest and latest gizmo. But I am always a little hesitant to jump, so I end up buying something a week or two after it is out. Not today.

I just got the new Blackberry Tour for Verizon. It is wonderful.

First, a blackberry will never be an iPhone. I have an iPod Touch, which is basically an iPhone without phone, although it does have WiFi, so I can surf net, send email, etc. My wife has an iPhone. An iPhone is great, its cool and a truly wonderful device. But it really not a good device if you type and send a lot of email or lengthy ones. And our IT folks at work won't support an iPhone, so I can't get one for work even if I wanted to.

I have had a Blackberry Curve (the 8330 for the bb cognescenti), and have been waiting for the Tour (a/k/a the Niagara) for some time. I want a Blackberry Bold, but that is only available on AT&T, and that won't work for me. So I saw an ad for the Tour yesterday and literally went right then to the store and got it.

What do you get? A bigger keyboard than the Curve, but not as big as the Bold. A size inbetween the two. A glorious screen, updated software. A much better web browser. Faster processor. Is it a huge upgrade? Hmmmm. I did not like the small keyboard on the Curve, so for me yes. If you love the Curve, I would not rush out and get a Tour -- it won't be that much different or that much of an upgrade. And the new Tour has a micro USB port (as opposed to a mini USB on the Curve and every other old blackberry), so all my cables and chargers (including the one I just bought in Colorado) won't work for the Tour.

And my first battery was bad. I had to go back to Verizon store and get a second one (which was an easy swap out, without much hassle.)

But so far..loving the new phone...


  1. I'm still holding off on a phone with email/internet access. I know, I am old school, but I spend so much of my day online as it is. I need a break! (But it would be a tax write-off...)

  2. I still use a totally old school flip phone. At LEAST it has a camera function, but I can't use it cause it's so low quality. You'll totally laugh when you see it! :)

  3. I agree with the first comment. I'm abstaining from getting a smart phone as long as possible. I really don't want people to be able to email me when I'm not at home or work. It's bad enough that they can call whenever they want (and, actually, I got a land line and started giving that number out to help with that...)

  4. HI Wolve

    Just getting caught up with you. I have a Blackberry Curve and it actually works really well for me. I know my colleagues here have IPhones, but I just really didn't like the layout or how it worked.

    Sounds like you had a great, challenging hill workout. I don't mind the workout as much as how sore I am the next day.

    Take care and best of luck with your training.


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