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RIM Blackberry Storm - 1GB onboard memory - Camera with 3.2 MP with 2.0 Digital zoom - Built-in GPS - Media Player - Video Recording - Wireless Email - SMS/MMS - High resolution 480 x 360 - Standby Time: 15 days (356 hours) / Talk Time: 6 hours

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      07.12.2012 00:42

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      I had a iPhone and decided to get a Blackberry Storm aswell just to see what the whole hype was about. First of all the Tariff price was one of the most expensive plans but I decided to go with it anyway. The salesman in the shop actually recomended me not to get the storm and to go for the Bold instead as it was much more reliable and had more customer satisfaction. I went for the storm as the touchscreen was the selling point for me.

      The storm was a very good phone I though when I first opened it up... it wasn't till about five hours later that the realised that the battery was draining a lot quicker than most other mobile phones that I have had. The touchscreen is acutally quite good and the features were good too. The memory can be expanded with a micro SD card to allow more pictures and music files etc.

      The screen is quite large and picture quality is very good. Overall I would tell anymore to avoid this mobile at all costs as simply if you buy a blackberry it is mostly for business use ie. emails and phonecalls etc, but one long phonecall and your battery is dead!

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      30.07.2011 17:48

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      would not recommend

      I brought this phone about 5 months ago. I wanted to go for something different as everyone had the curves and i couldn't afford the torch so this was the next best thing, as i am a touchscreen fan and own a iphone i though this would be a good choice. I was wrong about the touchscreen firstly the phone is not touchscreen the screen itself is touch screen you can push down and will highlight the area but the screen itself is still unresponsive you have to push down on the screen like a keyboard. Which just totally defeats the idea of a touchscreen phone, the sound is also very loud and annoying when you have to push down on the screen. Also if you are clumsy or drop your phone alot i wouldnt recommend this phone the screen is very fraigile and because of the dodgy touchscreen feature when you drop it really messes of your screen and makes it slow and really dodgy to click in places.

      The battery life is very poor. Have to constantly charge. It freezes a awful lot and i have to take my battery out and restart at least twice a day. It scratches very easy so i would recommend you get a case. The camera is not to bad but not great. Signal is hard to get in alot of places. Speakers are pretty loud for a phone. It has a good design and looks good to the eye but is Chubbier than most touchscreen phones. Dust easily gets into the buttons and under the screen.

      But the phone is great for a business person or young people. BBM is a great, the push notifications for facebook and emails come through instantly. Another crazy thing there is no wifi? i dont know if it is something for everyone but have read it on quite alot of reviews aswell. Blackberry tired with this but didnt really get there. I would not recommend this phone at all. Also no fm radio.

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      09.02.2011 00:16
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      Blackberry tried but didn't try hard enough - it simply wasn't up to the mark.

      The Blackberry Storm what can I say - apart from an overcomplicated disappointment...

      I first came across the Strom when Vodafone very kindly gave me the Blackberry Storm 9500 at a reduced price (now there is no wonder why it was reduced) as part of a 24 month contract deal; at first I was excited to own my very first Blackberry. And the business features available on any Blackberry phone are unmatchable, with a faultless emailing interface that is compatible with any email account, great and simple calling and messaging services and the additional extras such as business card reader. So like I said it started well. But soon the happiness turned into regret and the regret turned into anger and the anger soon turned into resentment towards the "overcomplicated disappointment" that I called my phone and did for the next 24 long months.

      The first problem with the Blackberry Storm 9500 is the screen it was clumsy. Whilst Apple where making seamlessly easy to use touch devices similar to Samsung, Blackberry decided to take a simple concept and make it difficult in the hope it would create a selling point in the ever technologically advancing market. The idea that instead of just tapping you would tap and then click the rather flimsy screen inwards was just absurd and impractical let alone creating a rather fragile appearance for the phone.

      The 'clicky' screen caused another problem - you needed to wait for the screen to click back out again before retouching it (and though this only takes milliseconds) it does slow down the rate at which one can text, email or search the web. Once again making it unusable, sadly I believe what happened with the screen was Blackberry wanted to make this phone special and the concept is a good idea - it would certainly rule out the possibilities of accidently opening certain programmes, contacts and websites due to an over reactive touch screen, but they (Blackberry) rushed the production, designing and manufacturing of the product to try and compete with the newly released IPhone 3g (at the time); hence why Blackberry released an updated version of the Storm just months later.

      The appearance of the phone for a business brick isn't too bad; the large 3.2 inch screen improves the aesthetics of the product dramatically, making it appear sleek and modern. It also means that unlike previous Blackberry's the storm is fashionable - whether Blackberry's needed to become fashionable is arguable, I would argue the fact that Blackberry Bolds are now very popular suggests that BlackBerrys were 'cool' because they were simple

      Overall

      It is a clear example of how more features and more technology is a bad thing. The cliché stands that sometimes less is more - just look at the IPhone for reference! The Blackberry storm is one of those phones that you either love and become accustomed to quickly or you hate and therefore resent it for the rest of your 24 month contract! My experience with the Blackberry Storm is rather negative but unfortunately for the Storm I was not the only one who encountered these problems, many people did (including my brother who had the same model phone). I personally wouldn't recommend it because for the price in the current market there are phones that are simple but brilliant - this is not one of them, in fact it is nowhere close to that mark.

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      22.11.2010 19:30

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      Device was on a two year contract and starting to malfunction within 3 months - buttons began to fail quickly and now device constantly freezing and turning itself off. The screen has gaps down each side for muck to get down and you can't use it in the rain in case it gets water in it. Charger is really wobbly and will now only charge if in a certain position. Would not recommend.

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      09.11.2010 11:12

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      they need to make a fair few changes to make this the super phone.

      I purchased this blackberry with great excitement, i love touch phones and it seemed to offer everything you could want and need in a phone; text, calls, email, social networking. I have to say I do still like this phone although it is definitly not all it was made out to be from the sale room, its not very much different to an iphone just a little slower and you cant download as much. I wanted this blackberry because im in to all the up and coming technology and my work requires me to be contactable throughout the day and evening. the problems with this phone are primarily that it is rather fragile mine cracked about three times and its far from cheap to get a replacement screen. Futhermore my blackberry storm also seems to enjoy crashing and restarting itself on quite a regular basis and some of the most inappropriate times so watch for that if your interested in this phone. All they need to do to make this phone better is increase it battery life, stop it sleeping, and make it a stronger model to avoid cracks and chips. Shame really because apart from those three points i think it could of been a wonderful phone

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      19.10.2010 13:33
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      Nightmare of a Handset

      I purchased the Blackberry Storm on a two year contract believing I was going against the masses of iphone users and selecting a handset for its telecommunications ability and not the novelty value.

      Wasn't I wrong. I hate to slate a product from the outset but I had nothing but trouble with the Storm and regretted it right from the end of the 14 day get out period. I kept thinking I would come around to it, but never did.

      Firstly, the screen. It's clickable, or at least it is supposed to be. All too often the screen clicks as expected but it doesn't register the key pressed. In the mornings when cold, it is totally unresponsive, which makes turning the alarm off near impossible, and aggravating for everyone in the house!

      Secondly, the apps are that much of a torture to download and install, I just didn't bother. It looks so easy on the iphone! Thirdly there also seems to be a problem with the unlock button, which doesn't always work. So you press it again, then it works twice having the net effect of unlocking then locking again! Soul Destroying after a while.

      As I said I hate reviewing products in this way, but unfortunately the Blackberry Storm was the bain of my existence for 18 months before I finally took the loss and bought another handset, selling the Blackberry to an unsuspecting soul. I'd like to say I feel guilty, but I'm just glad to see the back of it!

      Sorry for not finding a positive...I just can't.

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      21.09.2010 19:12
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      Packed with lots of features but over all poor performance

      I had this phone for about 4 months and had to sell it.
      Unfortunately i really didn't get on with it at all.
      Firstly the screen orientation was very temperamental and would go from portrait to landscape without even tipping the phone. And sometimes it would not switch back to portrait at all.
      I then had problems with it freezing often and found myself having to reset it about 5 times in the 4 months i owned it.
      The menu was not very intuitive and would sometimes take ages to find what i was looking for (which should have been a simple menu route).
      I also found that there were a few bugs with changing the ringtones, sometimes the phone would only vibrate when i had specifically set it to loud.
      The phone was also very heavy and bulky.
      The good things about this phone was that the screen resolution as very bright and clear, the phone could be expanded in memory and the blackberry push emails and messenger were very responsive and instant (have to pay extra for PUSH emails though).
      All in all if i had to spend money again on a high end mobile phone i would seek other alternatives.

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      12.09.2010 17:20
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      A good phone overall but is flooded with flaws. Take your money elsewhere

      I had this phone for probably a total of 6 months. My overal verdict is: not impressed.

      The phone offers some very unique features, such as the float screen. This is two screens thats float above one another and allows a pin-point press of the screen. Whilst the whole screen is pressed down in one go, the heat sensitive screen registers where you thumb is. This feaure is completly exclusive to the Blackberry Strom and is an impressive piece of technology.
      However, by the same token, I found it to be incredibly annoying. Texting with speed is something that cannot be achieved well on this phone because you can only single press the scren at a time.

      the phone does offer some other nice features such as a big 3.2 megapixel camera with flash. A full QWERTY keyboard and spacious 1GB in-built memory.
      However, most of these features are standard by the current generation of smartphones and this phone in particular, lacks one of the major necessities of any smartphone. Wifi. Wifi is not included with this build of phone which I think for a company built on such reputation, it was a silly ball to be dropped and this really impacts userbility of the phone

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      23.07.2010 04:32
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      Cutting edge technology with rich colours.

      The Blackberry Storm is a well designed device with plenty of new features that are useful for business and personal use.

      The screen has 360x480 pixel resolution which is rich in colour. The 3.2 megapixel camera is very simple to use and produces stunning picture quality on screen and also when transferred to a computer.

      There is plenty of built in memory. 1gb of data is more than enough for my daily needs and I don't have to buy external memory. The blackberry supports micro SD cards up to 32gb in size. There is 128mb reserved built in memory for applications, but this can be increased with a micro SD. The range of applications to download is very limited and is not at the iPhone standard.

      The operating system is very reliable and performs very well. Applications start up very quickly and are very simple to use and navigate.
      One of the main features I make use of is the Wi-Fi, I found it was very impressive and automatically connects to wireless internet hot spots anywhere around the world. This enables me to check my yahoo emails and listen to internet radio.

      Overall it has a unique touch screen and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. Great phone for business and personal use.

      Summary of features:
      * Large, 3.25" touch screen displays over 65,000 colors
      * 3.2 MP camera with video recording
      * Easy switching between applications
      * Next-gen Sure Press technology
      * Wi-Fi Support
      * Long battery life.
      * Fast network connectivity
      * Camera and video recording
      * Easy call taking

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      07.06.2010 12:21
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      Reasonable at 180 pounds or below, each OS update should make it more usable

      The BlackBerry Storm is RIM's first major touchscreen attempt, so understandably it'd be harsh to compare its functionalities to maybe 2nd or 3rd generation iPhones and all the other touchscreen devices that have had a firm grip of the market.

      It features the unique 'SurePress' patented technology, which provides haptic feedback when one is to press the touchscreen (it 'clicks'), allowing the phone to differentiate between 'Highlight, Select and Enter', I think physically clicking instead of just 'touching' every letter when typing is sure to slow you down, but it does increase the accuracy of your text input, one could find the haptic feedback to be quite satisfying. The screen has 360x480 pixel resolution which is capable of displaying 65,536 colours, paired with its 3.2 megapixel camera, it'd be fair to say the imaging performance of the Storm is mediocre at best.

      It has 1GB of internal memory, but only 128MB is assigned for applications (depending on the size of your apps, you could have installed half a dozen or I'd guess 18 at most), microSD cards of up to 32GB can be added if one so wished. Battery life is not bad at all for a 'smart phone' I can charge it every other day with normal usage.

      The Storm is really quite heavy, mine weighs at 157g (not quite on the wrist-breaking level of my Nokia N900, but is considerably more 'beefy' than my Bold 9700). From personal experience, Storm's accelerometer gives slight lagging when compared to the N900, but only very slightly.

      The phone has been on the market for long enough to gather quite a pool of 3rd party apps and games, where I found Vlingo to be quite a lifesaver when I first got the Storm (it allows delightfully accurate speech-to-text data/commence input). The periodic OS updates bought many desperately needed bug fixing and performance improvement; OS 6 should be out in the very near future so that'd be quite something to look forward to.

      I have mixed feelings for this phone, I had it during my undergrad years and it provided me with BBM which was really the main channel of communication between me and my father (he is quite your typical business man haha), but one can BBM with just any other BlackBerrys. In my personal experience, the device is in every way just RIM's effort to test the water in the touchscreen market; not that it doesn't work, but it definitely lacks some 'wow' factors, and even basics such as wifi.

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      07.05.2010 14:55

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      Avoid at all costs

      The Blackberry Storm: Worst phone I have ever had!
      The phone at first was amazing, it was my first 'Smartphone' and it was a huge step up from the phones I had previously. It does everything, email, texts, internet, facebook, Fickr etc etc. So the features on it are really good, it does have a lot on offer, but setting them all up takes a long long long time. You have to do each application one by one, so depending on what you are going to be using it can take a while to get up and running.
      First few months I loved the phone, it could do no wrong. Then it was a downhill battle from there;
      The screen started not responding to my touch
      The screen started to discolour
      The buttons at the bottom started to come away from the phone, then when you try and put it right you break it some more all because of the poorly made case which comes with the phone
      and finally the worse thing about it was the operating system on it started to run stupidly slow! It would take minutes for me to open a text. It was a joke.
      It is now in a drawer somewhere gathering dust.
      My advice, only buy it for a short term period, because I garuntee it won't last!

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      10.04.2010 12:15

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      I would tell anyone to purchase this product!

      I have recently acquired a blackberry storm, although once set up it is extremely efficient at what it does, it is indeed a pain to set up.

      On purchase of the phone, I was not told how to set up the internet that I was told came with the phone package, I was required to phone the mobile phone contractor around 6 times in order for them to even tell me how on earth I was to go about with setting up this.

      In order for reference to anyone who may be looking into purchasing a blackberry storm or any type of blackberry for that matter, make sure when you purchase your blackberry you ask your contractor about "blackberry services" and ask them how to use them and get them activated. This is because after much research I found that many contractors do not activate this straight away and you have to ask them to manually do it otherwise you will be without internet usage on your blackberry.

      Of course, as with all other types of blackberry the blackberry storm allows "bbm (blackberry messenger)", a way of communicating with other people who have blackberry's through the blackberry pin, this allows free messaging, picture messaging and more to other people who have blackberry's and is indeed one of the best features of the blackberry in my opinion!

      Through downloading applications, the blackberry allows easy access to the internet and is extremely easy to use!

      I would indeed recommend the blackberry storm to anyone, it is extremely good and I have not yet had a single issue with it!

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      15.03.2010 03:09

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      well worth it, even just for the email

      i have had the blackberry storm now for about 8 months and it is the best phone i have had. I found that the email set up was easy to do, however did take a while. The push email is a brilliant feature which will always keep me using blackberrys. It keeps you up to date constantly with all your emails. at present i have 3 seperate e mail accounts linked up to my blackberry, so i get my work email and two seperate accounts all set straight to my phone without having to access them myself. It allows me to delete messages from my handhels and even open up attachments and edit them on my phone using documents to go. This is an absolutely brilliant ohone. the click touch screen is a fantastic way to eliminate the errors in which a lot of touch screen phones get. i dont feel that the touch screen echnology is as responsive as other touch screen phones around and the phone can freeze at times. the phone also doesnt have a 'true off mode' and once the battery has been removed it takes a very long time for the blackberry to start back up again.

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      12.02.2010 10:42
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      Pretty good overall, I would recommend it but the storm2 is out now which has developed quite well

      Blackberry is supposed to the best for business and email, but on the storm it can take ages to set up as you have to go about registering accounts e.t.c before any action can take place. I do like the clicking screen however as it stops you clicking on unwanted objects like on other touch screen phones. At first I was pressing a few keys at a time which can get frustrating after a while but you get used to it and when i did all was okay. The email system is very good when I finally set it up and was very impressed by most of the apps for the phone. The blackberry app store is forever growing so it wont be too long until there are a vast amount of extra apps available for the phone. The menu screens look very attractive and I found the phone relatively easy to use after bieng told by a few people that blackberry's where complicated. I don't agree with this. Overall it is an average phone, nothing spectacular but with some improvements could be great. Put it this way, I think I am going to get myself the Storm2.

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      11.02.2010 00:24
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      This is a fantastic phone with a large screen, and lots of great features

      I have had the Blackberry Storm 2 for almost 2 months now and it is fantastic. I wanted a touch screen phone, but found it frustrating when trying various models of phone, at how sensitive the screen was, meaning I made a lot of errors when using the phone, especially when texting.

      The Blackberry Storm 2 was a breath of fresh air. It has a large screen, and the sure press touch screen means that I can select what I need, before clicking the screen slightly to select the option. This minimises errors, especially when texting and sending emails. I have also discovered the other benefits of owning a Blackberry. I have setup 4 of my email addresses, and I love at how easy it is to read and send emails as they are sent directly to the phone, and better still emails from addresses can also be read through one single folder. The phone also allows me to download and view MS office files and pdf files. The memo pad aand calender also help me to organise my meetings and tasks.

      When sending an SMS or email I have the option of using a qwerty keyboard, or a phone style keypad. When I turn the device into landscape mode, it will always show a Qwerty keyboard.

      The Storm 2 also has a 3.2 megapixel camera which can take photographs and video. There is an indicator for low light, and there is also a flash meanig that pictures can be taken in low light. Although its not the best camera you can get on a mobile, it is of decent enough quality, and the other features of the phone make up for it.

      Another thing that impressed me about the phone was the ease of browsing media files such as pictures, music, and video. The phone comes with a built in 2GB memory, and can also take memory cards to increase this further.

      There are also some great Apps for the Balckberry, both free and chargeable, easily accessible via the Blackberry App market. The Blackberry messenger is free app that lets you chat to friends who are blackberry users for free.

      The phone is wi-fi enabled, meaning I can save my 500MB browsing when I am in a wi-fi area. Another benefit is that I can use my phone as a modem for my laptop. So if I am not in a wi-fi area, and need to use my laptop to go online, I can do this via my blackberry.

      There are some disadvantages. Although there are apps available, there are not as many as those on an android phone or iphone, and sometime when turning from portrait to landscape there is a slight lag in the phone changing. However the way the phone helps me stay organised with its calender, memo pad and email, as well as the ease of use, more than make up for this.

      Overall I have found the Storm 2 to be a grat phone to use, both for personal use, but also to help organise my work schedule and meetings.

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