Review: BlackBerry Storm
RIM's first touch-screen BlackBerry finally hits the market. Find out if RIM's Storm lives up to the hype.
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Research In Motion has finally been caught in the whirlwind mobile phone fad of the day and conjured up a Storm of its own to combat the headwinds. The Storm is the first BlackBerry to use a touch screen for input. RIM has done some really innovative things with the Storm, but sticks to its roots with the business-friendly underpinnings that anchor the Storm. If you're a business user who needs a BlackBerry for its tight integration with business software and services, but are longing for something a little more nontraditional than the usual BlackBerry QWERTY slab phone, the Storm could be the phone for you.
Oct 7, 2008
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So not happy with this phone
The phone itself looks cool, it has cool applications, a clean screen....looks cool...oh wait I already said that.
The touch screen is TERRIBLE! It's almost impossible to hit just one key on a menu or keyboard. I've tried different keyboards, landscape, portrait etc. and each one will not register the key I want it to. I can't even get through the setup process because the keys won't register correctly. I don't have big fingers so I thought I'd be ok. I even tried using my finegr nails - I've become so adpet at typing on my older blackberry - to no avail.
Big turn out for the Storm :lol:
I guess all their customers are at at&t stores buying iPhones!!!
They actually thought people would line up for it lol, sorry its no iphone haha
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go to bgr, there were lines at just about all the major corporate stores.
now, before everyone startes hatin,i never sai...
the phone sold out at nearly every corporate store in under an hour and orders placed over the phone are not going to ship until 12/5. and there was ALOT on stock.
your picture/store there not wit...
But the Storm is no iphone killer and is really no big improvement for BB phones. T...
For everyone Worried/Complaining about LAG and DELAYS on the Storm should know
That OS is the latest and was already working with much faster and smoother performance. RIM has said a free OTA software update (presumably the secure corrected 188.8.131.52) which should fix the issue.
the Verizon Storm was set to launch with an OS higher than 184.108.40.206. The boxes handed out at the Verizon media event on Tuesday in NYC (where all those reviewers picked theirs up) actually have stickers on them that show 220.127.116.11. Yet the devices were actually loaded with the .65 OS. Did you purchase a Storm toda...
http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/24/rim-clears-up-bla ... »
Storm Shipped Today
i told you this phone is trash
Wait to review the Storm until AFTER the update!
Guys am I missing something? I swapped last night
Moreso, it feels like a Blackberry "trying to be an iPhone" , which really gets on my nerves. I just really really mis...
Voice Dial - Speech to Text?
Like GSM where you have to train the phone to know the sounds, CDMA you dont.
BB Storm Not here where I am
I'm not bashing either, but the demos I tried out were really bad and someone who responded to my earlier post said his was just ...
Does any know about syncing pdcasts from Itunes to this
Free OTA Software update for the Storm is due in 1-2 weeks
those not happy with the performance now should wait for that upgrade and hopefully it will be much better.
GO WITH THE BOLD
1. Send/Recieve email or surf the net while on a conference call.
2. WIFI (free AT&T wifi)
GO WITH A BOLD
Better luck next time RIM
There are things I like. I like how the click screen prevents me from accidently hitting links when enlarging wep pages. I love the screen transitions. I love the big colorful screen. I even like the new menus.
The problem is that the phone is just not up to par when it comes to software and I do not think the click screen will hold up.
The software is slow, buggy, and unpredictable. If I have to see that darn spinning clock anymore I am going to throw this thing out the window. It also freezes up ever hour or so.
The screen itself is clever but not that great for use. It slows my typing down considerably and is already getting lint lodges ...
Why are you making excuses?
If you claim that your phone works everywhere... your an idiot. If you claim that your network is better, your an idiot...
Find a network that works for you in your area and the places you go. Then go and get a phone that you like on that network. Anyone that switches carriers to get the latest phone deserves to have their calls dropped.
How many touch screen blackberry phones are there? Lets be honest... touchscreen is not a feature... it is just a "cool" fa...
Navigation via GPS and Itunes Music
I've got mine, and to answer my own question...
I haven't checked to update the firmware yet, and I've just now gotten time to mess with it.
The UI is slow and the touch scrolling is underwhelming. It's way more responsive than any other VZW touch screen phone (Dare, Voyager, Glyde), but even in scrolling through the main menu it is tedious and not very fun.
The UI also looks good in pictures but it's herky-jerky in person. The In-store display was just as bad, but I'd figured it had too many processes running or had a memory leak. NOPE.
My biggest gripe with the UI is though it is a solid UI with the thumb wheel or trackball, it is garbage with a touch screen. Anyone who has gotten a good case of Blackberry thumb is going to hate having to mov...
if it makes you feel better RIM has stated a free over the air software upgrade for the storm is due out in a week or two. it is supposed to address nearly all issues with speed/delay/performance of the OS.
if thats fixed the only...
Anyone get one yet? Please share thoughts.
I have read practically every review from all of the major websites, as well as many of the minor sites too (this one, phonearena, engadget, pcmag, crackberry, etc.) and some have said tha...