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RIM was showing off both the Sprint and Verizon versions of the BlackBerry Tour. This new smartphone from RIM takes the best features of the 8900 Series Curve and the Bold and presses them together into one very solid phone.

Slightly bigger than the Curve, but noticeably smaller than the Bold, the Tour has a great feel in the hand. It is nice and light and easy to get your hands around.

BlackBerry Tour  

I particularly liked the keyboard on this device. RIM excels at creating good keyboards, and this is no different. The keys are the same shape as those on the Bold, just a wee bit smaller and more tightly packed.

The standard BlackBerry features are all present, such as the full 3.5mm headset jack, trackball, the BlackBerry menu key, etc. Both the Sprint and Verizon versions run the same software, which is the latest from RIM.

The screens look fantastic on both, which are bright, colorful, and large enough to make viewing Web sites pretty good. Since these devices will be shipping shortly, the products that we saw were final or near final builds. Quality was top-notch.

Given their good looks, worldwide roaming capabilities and reasonable price points, I think RIM is going to sell a lot of Tour's via both Sprint and Verizon.


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