Blackberry Storm 2 Review

After the disastrous Blackberry Storm, RIM certainly had to introduce changes in Blackberry Storm 2 and this device is certainly an improvement. Not only does it bring a better touchscreen, it also comes with some added features. However, for those interested in this device, a closer look is necessary and reveals the following:

Design and Quality

Blackberry Storm 2 looks quite similar to its predecessor, with the same dimensions-4.4″х 2.4″х 0.5″. A detailed look however reveals certain changes from the earlier model. The Blackberry Storm 2 has a tinted chrome ring surround the device, from the earlier silver ring. This mobile phone sports a customizable convenience key and microUSB port on the left, a volume rocker and convenience key on the right and a power/lock key and mute key on top. It has a soft touch finish like the Blackberry Curve 8520, giving it a more polished look. There are four touch buttons at the bottom of the Blackberry Storm 2- Talk, Menu, Back and End.

Blackberry Storm 2 Touch Screen

This phone has a 3.25″ (480х360 pixel) light sensitive capacitive touchscreen. This is definitely better from the touchscreen on the original Storm which would toggle whenever pressed. This refurbished SurePress touchscreen, drastically improves the user experience, providing a smoother and faster experience. It allows for key rollover and multitouch (for copy/paste).

Memory Capacity

With 256MB Flash Memory (from the earlier 128MB) and 2GB onboard Media Memory, the Blackberry Storm 2 is definitely better equipped. One can expand the memory further upto 16GB.

Features

A QWERTY keyboard is available to users on this device and is a lot easier to negotiate than it was on the original Storm.
This mobile phone comes with WiFi connectivity, a definite improvement from its earlier version, providing users with both WiFi and 3G.
An updated operating system, Blackberry OS 5.0 improves browsing speed and Blackberry widgets are present on the screen. Blackberry Internet Service allows users to access upto ten email accounts. For instant messaging, apart from Blackberry Messenger users can find Google Talk, Windows Live and Yahoo Messenger.
Messaging now comes with a threaded chat view and the phonebook can store contacts, depending on available memory.
The built-in GPS uses Blackberry Maps and other location software to determine directions, even when the phone is being used.

Camera

Blackberry Storm 2 has a 3.2 MP camera with flash and autofocus. The camera provides very average images, with outdoor shots turning out better. Images sometimes end up looking blurry.

Battery

Blackberry Storm 2 comes with about 5.5 hours talktime and a standby time of about 12 days.

Even with SurePress technology, the touchscreen on the Blackberry Storm 2 is still not at par. RIM seemed to have simply corrected a few flaws of the Blackberry Storm, without looking at seriously competing with the iPhone. For those who are Blackberry loyalists craving a touchscreen this may be an option, but it needs to be seriously reconsidered.

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