While Palm was busy with the launch of the Pre, and Apple was busy making the iPhone 3GS a lot speedier than its predecessor, Research in Motion (RIM) was preparing a new Blackberry to rule them all: The Blackberry Tour. The latest and what looks to be the greatest Blackberry yet continues the design aesthetic employed by the dead sexy Curve and Bold phones and should be a hit with regular old consumers like myself and trendsetting, globe hopping business-minded ladies: the phone works on both North American CDMA networks as well as EDGE/GSM/GPRS networks abroad, and with the on-board GPS you’ll be able to know where things are in whatever North American or old European city you’re traveling in. Like just about every other Blackberry under the sun, the Tour includes strong integration with corporate e-mail and calendar programs like Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange and features a handful of useful multimedia features as well. There’s a full HTML browser, the phone can play various types of audio and video files, and you can use iTunes to synch and manage unprotected media with the preloaded BlackBerry Media Sync. It comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera with auto-focus capabilities, and the Tour can access Blackberry App World for downloading new programs over the air. There’s no Wi-Fi, but it is 3G enabled so you might not even miss it.
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