The BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the BlackBerry Tour 9630 are popular smartphones from RIM (the makers of BlackBerry), but which phone is the best? The Bold 9700 has been completely redesigned from its predecessor, the Bold 9000. The new Bold is similar to the Tour 9630, but with some slight design and hardware differences. This article will look at both smartphones and which phone is the best choice.
BlackBerry Bold 9700
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has lost its’ trackball from the previous model and replaced it with a trackpad, and changed the outer design. The actual device is outfitted with a new 3.2MP autofocus camera, an upgrade from the previous 2.0MP camera on the Bold 9000. The new design can be debated on whether or not it looks better than the previous version; the new Bold looks like the Tour and 8900, but with a charcoal colored outline and a faux chrome finish with a leather backing. The new Bold looks very similar to the new BlackBerry lineup but with a leather backing and different colored curves.
BlackBerry Tour 9630
The BlackBerry Tour 9630 is the first international 3G data phone available from RIM, and has a stylish and lightweight finish to back its powerful worldwide radio. The BlackBerry tour 9630 is a powerful 3G phone that is quick to process files and search the web.
Similarities between the phones
Both phones are very similar they each feature 256MB flash memory (with expandable microSD card, Wi-Fi, 3.2MP camera with autofocus, email, internet, organizer, QWERTY keyboard, 3.5mm headphone jack, international coverage, and basically every other phone feature. The two phones are very similar and only differ in physical appearance and phone carrier.
Differences between the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the BlackBerry Tour 9630
Although the differences between the two phones are very slight, they do have the following differences: The Bold has a trackpad, whereas the Tour has a trackball, outside design is slightly different, and the carriers for each phone differ.
If both phones are so similar, which one should I purchase?
As mentioned earlier both phones have the same features besides some slight aesthetic features that may appeal to certain groups and not others. The trackpad on the Bold is slightly better than using a trackball because it cannot gather dust and debris; think of the difference between a computer mouse that has a ball vs. a computer mouse with a laser. The mouse with the laser is much more accurate and easier to use, which is very similar to these smartphones. Both phones are very similar so your choice will have to depend on whether or not your carrier provides the phone you like, and if you wish to have a phone with a trackpad instead of a trackpad.