The Motorola DROID and BlackBerry Tour are both popular smartphones on the Verizon network, but which one is best? The DROID runs on android OS and has a sleek user friendly touch screen, while the BlackBerry Tour runs on the business friendly BlackBerry OS and has an easy to use full QWERTY keyboard. This article will look at both smartphones by looking at their pros and cons.
The Motorola DROID is quickly becoming one of the most talked about cell phones in the technology world, and for good reason. The DROID is a multitasking powerhouse that is user friendly and has a full pullout QWERTY keyboard.
Full QWERTY keyboard- The slide out full QWERTY keyboard is user friendly with adequate spacing, but still not as fast to use as the keyboard on the Tour.
Touch screen- The 3.7″ boasts an astonishing 480X854 WVGA display, which is top of the line for touch screen phones, and clearly beats out the BlackBerry Tour.
Digital camera- The 5MP digital camera is one of the best cameras currently on a smartphone and has very good video quality recording.
Android OS- The powerful Android OS powered by Google is great for users who rely on their Google accounts for daily tasks, but could be a hassle to switch for other users.
Memory- The 16GB MicroSD card is perfect for storing all of your video and music right on your phone and the memory can be expandable by purchasing another MicroSD card.
Voice activated commands- The DROID has built in voice-activated commands for different tasks, which is a cool feature that seems to be lacking on the Tour (besides voice calling).
Email- You may be considering purchasing the BlackBerry because of the hailed push email client, but the DROID does the exact same thing, just as good.
Multitasking- The DROID allows users to run multiple programs at once, similar to the Palm PRE, which is a huge advantage over the Tour.
Keyboard- The slide out keyboard is preferable to a touch screen keyboard, but the keyboard on the DROID is too long to efficiently type as fast as on a BlackBerry device. The buttons feel a little crammed, but the keyboard is better than a touch screen one.
Battery life- The battery life is short when multiple applications are running and will get under one days of use before needing to recharge.
BlackBerry Tour 9630
The BlackBerry Tour 9630 is one of the best smartphones for business users and casual business travelers. The phone has international 3G and a sleek design that puts it at a top choice for business users.
International- The BlackBerry Tour is one of the first international 3G phones from RIM, and is perfect for anyone who travels a lot.
Memory- The Tour comes with a 2GB MicroSD card, but can easily be expanded with the purchase of another memory card up to 16GB.
Camera- The 3.2MP auto focus digital camera takes decent pictures, but has the tendency to be pixilated. The camera also captures video and is decent in quality.
Keyboard- The full QWERTY keyboard is very easy and efficient to type on; I have used the keyboard extensively and found no major flaws.
Media player- The Tour plays videos, music, and audio notes via a simple and easy to use media player. The high sound quality is impressive for a mobile phone, and with additional memory, cards can double as a full portable media player.
Bluetooth stereo- The Bluetooth ability on the Tour allows users to wirelessly play their music on Bluetooth enabled speaker systems, which is a cool feature for listening to music.
Lack of touch screen- Touch screen phones are the new “in” for smartphone devices due to their larger screens, but the Tour lacks the large screen that the DROID has. The trackball is a fast method of navigating, but the preference is entirely individual.
Internet browsing- The small LCD screen is not ideal for extended internet surfing, but is still useable.