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nevaehkelly 09-07-2009 05:25 PM

NEWBIE with LoTs of BB questions like...
I am currently on both Tmobile and Sprint networks but am looking to stay with Sprint and drop Tmobile because I don't need both services anymore. But I am also looking to get my first BlackBerry and am so confused as to which one? I do like the look of the new one with the trackpad on Tmobile but Sprint only offers the 2 with trackballs. So after researching online I am still unsure as to what the Tour will do that the Curve can't. Here are my details and questions:

I am a law student as well as a business owner so I need a good scheduler for both work and class.

I want to send in work through the internet for both as well.

I Twitter and FB a lot and need a good option for that.

I want something solid without glitches and am unsure if the Tour will be my best option in that field. I really can't afford not to be without my phone for days or weeks waiting on it to be fixed.

I do not want to have to charge my phone 2 or 3 times a day and from what I understand the RIM is great for that but don't know which is best.

If I do the Curve, am I gonna be missing anything major because for me, a free phone is so much better but BestBuy has the Tour on sale now so it is doable.

I guess I really am confused on the 2 phones even after comparing them. I know the Tour is better but is it really needed with what little I do? I mean I am a heavy emailer, moderate texter, low talker, heavy web browser.

I mean I have never gotten a BB because to me many people were wasting money just to be "trendy" but after over 12 years with a phone, I too feel that my touchphones and cute texting phones are not doing all I need. But I must admit, I still am unsure what all the available apps will do for me. I had a Palm and really never used the apps other then 411 or movie times, etc. But I am a cautious person and planner and like to here as much insight before making a decision so anyone willing to reply would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

djm2 09-07-2009 05:34 PM

It all comes down to your preferences, except for one possible big difference. The Tour is an internationally-capable phone, while the Curve is not. Other than that, for most of your questions I'd say that the differences are pretty much a wash.

MidnightDraven 09-07-2009 05:58 PM

I would say go with the curve and trackpad.
you are going to have less problems than a trackball.
as for the features that you actually want, both do the same things.

as above the tour is international, and has GPS, whereas the curve isnt and doesnt.
If neither international or GPS are something you need, I would say go with the curve.

daphne 09-07-2009 06:01 PM

I would suggest going to a Verizon store, or BestBuy, and trying both models. See which one feels the most comfortable for you. Some advantages for the Tour -- more memory, faster processor, better display, better camera.

MidnightDraven 09-07-2009 06:06 PM

The tour and 8520 curve have the same amount of flash memory (256)

nevaehkelly 09-07-2009 06:09 PM

Thanks everyone for your insight. I have been to BB and tested them both out. The Tour is better looking so I may just wait to see if the price will go down the end of the month when I plan on getting it. If not, the curve will have to do since there is no need for me to have a phone to use overseas.

Do you think if there is an update for threaded sms, the curve will be updated as well?

daphne 09-07-2009 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by Midnightdraven (Post 1467071)
The tour and 8520 curve have the same amount of flash memory (256)

Right -- my bad. :oops:

Dietor 09-07-2009 09:10 PM

I was in the same dilema. I do also use my phone for SOME entertainment.

Some reasons I went with the Tour (which I should be getting in the mail Tomorrow or Wednesday)
-It is a smaller BB, so my pockets don't seem and feel bulky.
-both GPS and being able to travel out of the country is a bonus
-looks sleek, and when I played with it in the store, it just felt natural.
-The nicer 3.2 MP camera that I can take pictures and video of my son and send them to family members around the country.

But to the knowledge I've gained from here, you really can't go wrong with either or :)

MidnightDraven 09-08-2009 04:23 AM


Originally Posted by nevaehkelly (Post 1467074)
Do you think if there is an update for threaded sms, the curve will be updated as well?

The 8520 curve is a brand NEW device, so yes, it will be updated with OS 5 once its released, which has the threaded sms feature.

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