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Review: BlackBerry Storm

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The Storm performs similar to most other BlackBerries when it comes to the phone features. Press the green send key and the Storm defaults to the software dialpad. There are three tabs along the top that let you select from a list of recent calls or your contacts. With the dialpad showing, if you start typing a number, that's all you are going to get, a number. On other 'Berries, typing a number will cause the phone to begin sorting through your contacts. Not so with the Storm. You have to select the contacts application if you want to search through your contacts.

With your call logs showing, you can select any of them by tapping gently on the screen. Pressing the screen with a call highlighted brings up basic info about the call. Press the BlackBerry button to bring up the full calling options menu. Pressing the send key while a call is highlighted calls the number.


The in-call menu has four basic selections that are always visible. They are speaker, mute, add a call and flash for call waiting. Along the bottom of the in-call screen are a number of other options, such as opening up a notes program, your calendar, contacts and so on.

Speaking of contacts...

The contacts application is not changed much compared to other BlackBerries. If you open the address book from the home screen, there is a search function built into the top of the app, and is the default action. Start typing a name, and the app sorts until you find the contact you want. You can also scroll down using your finger on the screen. If you have a large contact list, this can be time consuming. Once you've found the contact you want, hitting the BB key again opens up a magical, extensive list of actions you can take concerning that contact, including dialing them, sending them an SMS, or editing their information. Each contact can hold a wealth of information about that person, including far more phone numbers and email addresses than any normal human being should have. You can also choose to save them directly to your SIM card.

The integration between the calling features and the contacts program is designed around one-handed ease-of-use and minimizes typing to almost zero.


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