BlackBerry Storm 2 (9530) Review

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I have recently put two fingers up to both T-Mobile and Sony Ericsson. Sick of my C905; nothing much WRONG with it but just old… bland… dull…

Lol. I wanted a new gadget.

A BlackBerry attracted me for a while – all the benefits of a smartphone, without resorting to an iPhone, with hundreds of useless apps. I also like the email and internet functionality of them. However, I did want a touchscreen phone, and that meant only the Storm series – specifically the BlackBerry Storm 2.

Now, for those who don’t know, it’s a very good idea to research phones etc before buying. And I did. The original Storm was plagued with gripes. The Storm line uses this interesting type of touchscreen, where it IS a touchscreen but it’s also a click-screen too. Sound odd? It is a little, but after getting used to it, I can say it feels great. But the point is, it was kinda poorly executed on the first Storm. As was the OS, a bit slow and glitchy.

Did the Storm 2 fix its predecessor’s problems? Yes indeed it did! And to be honest, I can’t be bothered with a huge review, so here’s the scoop. The Storm 2 is an excellent phone.

Battery life is the smartphone standard of 1-2 days depending on usage and what you have turned on. Email works intuitively and fast, as does SMS / MMS. My one gripe is that SMS and MMS do not flow together in the conversation view. The built in browser, if a little slow sometimes, is dependable, and besides Opera Mini works great. All the apps I have so far have integrated really well into the OS, appearing in context menus and other places where relevant.

Anything more specific… um I dunno. Let’s do a quick pros and cons:

Pros:

* Screen clickyness feels great and allows for fast QWERTY typing. Improved over Storm (1) version which was mechanical. Now is electrical.
* Interface is mostly lag-free
* Decent integrated camera, for a smartphone
* Intelligence around the phone’s tilt during calls etc
* up to 32 GB SDHC Media Card and a pretty good MP3 interface
* Multitouch

Cons:

* No pinch-to-zoom (probably copyright or something :@)
* Cold-start (battery pull) time is very long
* Fingerprint magnet
* Many options in settings – I doubt most people would want to use the more colourful ones but they are mixed in with the regular ones so it would be easy to get confused
* Changes on the media card take a while to reflect properly in the device (it will detect the changes and ‘scan’ for ages, and might still get it wrong. A battery pull works for this though)

That’s all I can be bothered with right now. Sunday night – past midnight. Night.

Posted by gyaku_zuki   @   18 January 2010

 

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