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BlackBerry Storm 9530 User Reviews

8.4 Based on 116 Reviews

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Call quality8/10
Battery6/10
Reception7.5/10
Display7/10
Build quality7.8/10
Text input5.8/10
Everyday usage5.3/10
UI speed5.3/10
Camera6.3/10
Multimedia4.8/10
Internet5/10

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Anonymous
posted on 27 Nov 2008, 12:20

8.7

ok i hear everyones complaints but the reason your storm is running slow is because number one you probably have multiple apps running in the background go to switch applications and close out all of them there will be a couple of apps that dont turn off i am pretty sure its five but any way turn those off and then you should see the storm running alot faster as for the turn and flip with out moving the phone there will be another software update on the first week of december. also keep in mind this is a blackberry NOT an i phone blackberry is a device for business not multimedia like the i phone so to clear it up what i am seeing here is a bunch of att fanboys that love there i phone who have no business using a blackberry because they are not business use customers.
 

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 6/10

Pros

  • an amazing click touch screen
  • black berry os

Cons

  • the performance of the screen is a little off but you can adjust it and play with it because with each click it grounds out the screen according to your own bodies electric current bet ya didn't know that
  • and the new software update will also reslove a lot of problems

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Anonymous
posted on 26 Nov 2008, 23:45

10

WOW am i amazed

you know when this phone first came out everyone was saying how bad it was and to be honest i was affraid to order it. In the long run i did order the phone any way and WOW am i glad. I had the iphone before this phone and it was ok but this phone is just truly amazing. The screen is great and very vivid. Also the camera is very very good it takes the best of pictures i have ever seen on a phone. Lets get down to the phones features and by all comparisons it is way better then what the iphone had. I am so very happy i got this phone you dont even understand my excitment. It is a very stylish and user friendly phone and did i talk to you about the enternet. WOW once again cause the browser is simply the best out there. I am not here to fool anyone this phone is a must have and is a great phone to get if you are looking for a phone. The vivid screen, camera, features, enternet and over stylish sleek look all make this very phone the BLACKBERRY STORM great.

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 10/10

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Anonymous
posted on 26 Nov 2008, 23:39

9.7

Verizon's Best Phone YET!

The storm is a very unique phone which makes it great. For all the people out there who say that it isnt good and it is wayyy too slow well thats not true. I have had min for about 4 days now and i think is is amazing with great call quality and an excellent i repeat and this is no lie EXCELLENT screen that is very vibrant and colorful. Give the company a few weeks at least 3 or 4 to fix those SMALL software glitches. I recomend this phone to anyone who has verizon and to those customers on other carriers also its just a great phone that does need some fices i am not going to lie to but those fixes will come soon i talked to customer service and once the new software comes it this phone it will A) be better then the IPHOn and B) this phone the storm will be nearly flawless. I love this new phone and am so happy i got it especially over the IPHONE. This phone is way more customizable too.
 

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 9/10

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Anonymous
posted on 26 Nov 2008, 12:58

9.3

awesome phone

so far the phone has been great!!! for all the bad reviewers out there they are being to harsh on the phone.. it just launched!! of course its going to have a few glitches... and it will take some time to fix it, but that doesnt make it a bad phone. even the iphone had alot of glitches when first launch.

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 8/10

Pros

  • great vibrant colored display
  • battery life
  • reception( verizon wireless)
  • camera is very good expecially in darker enviroments

Cons

  • a little buggy still(which firmware update is supose to fix)

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Anonymous
posted on 25 Nov 2008, 09:20

1

let me say I am a Verizon customer..But people quit trying to compare this phone to IPhone..The IPhone is better by far. The storm has so many problems that Verizon should be ashamed to have released it just to get christmas sales. The one I have is freeze city. It is so slow that there is no way a update can fix that. I have stayed with Verizon because all my friends and family are with them. I also have an IPhone so I can tell you they arent perfect but they are so much better than storm..Mine is going back I'll just use my old razer til verison decides to give customers what they deserve a phone that works that doesnt have all the problems of this storm.

Design 1/10
Features 1/10
Performance 1/10

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Draganta
posted on 25 Nov 2008, 06:05

9

Best Phone in VZW Lineup

This is the best phone VZW has come out with so far.  It is the first Blackberry phone that I have seen where non corporate types are buying.  That alone says something about the phone.  Navigation and some issues but that will be corrected by an upgrade shortly.  The bottom line is this is the best smartphone out.  Before the elite Apple people attack, the iPhone is not a smartphone.  It's a pretty phone with a lot of icons.

Design 9/10
Features 9/10
Performance 9/10

Pros

  • Touchscreen
  • Sure-click
  • Great Email program
  • 3G Phone
  • Full HTML Browser

Cons

  • No WiFi
  • OS has some bugs which should be fixed in a couple of weeks

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Michael Vacirca
posted on 25 Nov 2008, 00:08

10

Awesome!

Its got everything!
Okay so no wifi? Who needs it?! use the fast 3g  internet on the largest network! Im sorry, but if you're anywhere with verizon, you pretty much have service, unless your in the middle of nowhere. in which case they wouldn't even have wifi there... the click screen (sure press) i was iffy on i must say. After a few days with it, i absolutely love it. great phone!

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 10/10

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Atlantagreg
posted on 24 Nov 2008, 13:20

6.7

My Storm was a dud. Defective camera.

Unfortunately, my storm was a defect.  I need a decent camera camera for job site work on my phone, and had one with my Samsung flipshot.  But the standard keypad was too irritating to text with, so I upgraded to the Storm as it touts itself as an "all in one" device with a similar camera.  When I took sample images using the camera's best settings (3MP size, ultra-fine quality), they looked like digital mush.  No detail, blurry - very bad.  I'm attaching a sample image to the review, but a sample from my copy of the Storm can be found at:  http://www.pbase.com/powdersprings/image/106214069.jpg .  For the record, there are other comments on the web about people having problems with their Storm cameras as well - while others work fine, so there's apparently a sizeable defective batch out there but not all of them are bad.
Please - no "it's a phone, not a camera" comments.  People use phones of this level for *everything*, and it's being advertised by RIM and Verizion as a multimedia device with a 3MP autofocus camera.  No one expects a digital SLR quality camera on such a device - you do not however, expect pics that look like watercolor paintings.
I took it back to my local Verizon store (Hiram, GA) and unfortuantely, the employee I had to deal with was extremely rude about my bringing one back.  She refused to discuss the camera issue at all and thought I was making it up because I must have had second thoughts about my purchase...  

Design 7/10
Features 8/10
Performance 5/10

Pros

  • Decent size. Click screen is ok - bright and clear. Good number of features for price. Signal strength on calls seemed good in most places. Battery life could be better but was decent for a device with such a large screen.

Cons

  • My unit had a defective and unusable camera. The Storm's O.S. can be sluggish. Having to deal with my local store's rude employee to return isn't a Storm problem, but since it is a Verizon phone I had no choice so I consider that a con as well.

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Anonymous
posted on 23 Nov 2008, 21:08

9.7

IPHONE KILLER NO DOUBT!

So everyone is saying that this phone is no good and that it is slow. Well sure it may be slow now but they sayu that in a few months those GLITCHES will be fixed! But as for now i love this phone. The camera is excellent and i have never seen or felt such a great touch screen that of the storms. It is so much fun to use and works GREAT and will only get better with the upcoming software updates. Also the brower is very smooth and is way faster than the iphones. I am glad i switched from AT&T and went to VERIZON to get this phone because it is way better then my old iphone. Do yourself a favor and go get this phone ASAP haha! good job RIM and BLACKBERRY!!!!!!

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 9/10

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postskiff
posted on 23 Nov 2008, 00:33

2.3

Biggest blackberry Nightmare,

with all my respect to a blackberry, this phone is nightmare. I was waiting for that phone for the last two mouths, and all I could say is just a lot of bad words. I wait online for 20 minutes to get a chance to BUY IT but as soon as I got this and press browser button, trying to type an address of nytimes.com, wow...: 1st that short keyboard is useless, when you rotate a phone it takes like 15 sec to see a keyboard in vertical position, it's okay, but, when you start typing, here is "PERFECT" part: if you made a mistake in typing, there is no lens, nothing that could HELP to go back and fix that typing error, second than you click on that screen for example on A, somehow it clicks on other letter, maybe its a calibration or something, but i tried couple times, third: zoom it's like zoom it when i touch the screen but no zoom, you have to use the actual button to do that, and it's SLOW, FORTH, the phone is freezing and you have to reboot it.
WELL I understand it will gonna take time to fix that software problem, but you know what: I DON'T WANNA WAIT. for apple it takes like an year to make the iphone perfect and still it's missing a lot feature, but her I don't like that whole screen click, it's just useless then you typing in two hands: you only have a chance to send a letter by ONE click. 
So, today I RETURN THAT NIGHTMARE AND switch to AT&T to that apple iphone 3G and really really...  

Design 5/10
Features 1/10
Performance 1/10

Pros

  • BEAUTIFUL DESIGN OF THE ACTUAL PHONE
  • NICE IDEA
  • NICE NAME
  • NICE MENU
  • COOL FEATURES: STEREO BLUETOOTH, 3.2MP CAMERA, MUSIC STORE (just $15 a month, AND WORLD ROAMING (cost a lot but...)

Cons

  • VERY SLOW
  • SCREEN CLICK IS ACTUALLY A STUPIDEST INVENTION EVER MADE
  • FREEZING
  • 3.2MP STILL NO ENOUGH
  • VERY GLITCHY
  • NO UNLIMITED TETHERING PLAN

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Windsponge
posted on 22 Nov 2008, 21:49

4.3

Not Sure

 I was hoping that verizo would bring a phone out that would be close to the I Phone. That being said this is about the strom. The screen moves you can see edges of glass. It would be easy for dirt to get into. The phone is somewhat slow. I am having trouble typing even in landscape mode. Maybe it is me but I havent had these problems with other touch screens. Browser freezes up and phone has locked up sever times. Must say I was expecting more than this. Getting very disappointed in Verizon....Hope issues can be fixed but I dont see how.

Design 4/10
Features 6/10
Performance 3/10

Pros

  • Nice color on screen
  • Nice looking phone

Cons

  • Way screen is built
  • Typing input into phone
  • Freeze ups

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Anonymous
posted on 22 Nov 2008, 17:09

3

I am going to be very hard on this phone. Mainly because I have the advantage of having both a VZW plan and an AT&T plan so I know how good this phone could have been.I guess if you looked at this phone with no preconceived notions of what it should be, you would find it to be an amazing device. If VZW was your only option and you wanted as close to an iPhone as possible it would be your best bet. But having experienced both the Blackberry Bold and the Apple iPhone as my personal phones, all I see if the weak spots of the Storm.If you want a Blackberry, this phone is way off the mark. Compared to the Bold it is slow, choppy, and the larger screen is really of little use except for web browsing. Also the plethora of glitches will drive you crazy. I was pulling my hair out after 4 hours. Do yourself a favor and get the amazing Bold.If you want a multimedia mega-device this phone is way off the mark too. The interface is not very intuitive, the rendering of web pages is not what it should be, the software is slow and jerky, and it is nowhere near as smooth and user friendly as it's main rival...the iPhone.The plain and simple of it is that this phone tried to do a little of everything and gave up proficiency at anything. It tries to please two different sets of consumers and ends up letting down both groups.The phone does have it's shiny points (listed in the pros) but then reality sets in (see cons).If you can't have an iPhone and want one get the Storm...but get the iPhone...  

Design 4/10
Features 3/10
Performance 2/10

Pros

  • -The screen is beautiful
  • -The click screen is a true innovation and has potential
  • -Fast 3G browsing with a very good browser
  • -Great bluetooth and voice dialing support
  • -Great e-mail features
  • -Visual voice mail

Cons

  • -NO WIFI
  • -Laggy, choppy software
  • -Click screen hinders typing speeds and takes getting used to
  • -Web browsing pails compared to iPhone
  • -UI pales compared to iPhone
  • -Click screen is unproven durability wise

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Anonymous
posted on 22 Nov 2008, 13:52

9

First Impressions are Everything

I've been using a work Blackberry for over a year, (AT&T 8800), and really wanted one of my own so I didn't have to mix personal contacts etc.  The Storm 9530 is extremely easy to transition to for experienced BlackBerry users, but I am not certain it's for everybody.  BlackBerry devices are very complex, and while easy to use once you get used to them, they aren't for everybody.  If you're looking for a capable, all-around phone/do-everything device, I'm convinced that BlackBerries are the way to go.
Having said all that, if you're a Berry enthusiast, you're going to like this device, even with the bugs (which every high-profile rollout has, just ask Apple, AT&T and RIM about the Bold and iPhone).
About the bugs...there aren't as many as I thought there could have been.  At first glance, I'd say there will be many observations about battery life, application launches and screen transitions.  Also, it's known that this is BB OS with a touch navigation features added, so the biggest bug I've seen so far is the screen sometimes doesn't respond to inputs on the first attempt.
In the first 36 hours I've had the phone, it locked up, I did a battery pull.
About everything else...the screen is vivid, beautiful.  On the whole, the basic RIM apps work flawlessly (BB Messenger, etc).  The other rich content features seem to work well enough, I've not tried to do anything with Flickr or Facebook apps yet. The browser is RIM's best yet I think. ...  

Design 10/10
Features 9/10
Performance 8/10

Pros

  • -Design
  • -Easy use
  • -Click screen is very impressive
  • -Great camera

Cons

  • -OS has some bugs
  • -VZW could have stepped up to provide a screen cleaner
  • -

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jherz6
posted on 22 Nov 2008, 12:27 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)

9

Worth the Wait

It was a long time coming but the Storm was worth the wait. I was using an 8830 and going from a push button phone to touch screen took a little getting used to but after a very few minutes I was able to navigate around and type as easily as I did with my 8830. Its obvious to me that the storm was well planned and thought out, it will appeal to the average consumer up to and including bussiness people. You can access V-Cast, and get it now until now unheard of in a blackberry available from Verizon. The clarity and color of the photos taken, and the videos either recorded or downloaded is incredible. The sound clear and can be set as loud as you like.You can personalize the device with a lot more detail and ease which is a nice. Going from portrait mode to landscape is a bit slow, booting up the phone is a bit slow which can be annoying, but nothing that cant be fixed with software upgrades.

Design 9/10
Features 10/10
Performance 8/10

Pros

  • Orientation to position, Picture and sound quality, ease of navigation, ease of use

Cons

  • Slow boot up, speed as far as changing orientation,

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BlackberryWG
posted on 21 Nov 2008, 16:30

8.3

Outstanding Performance!

I just bought this phone and its truely one of the best i've ever had. First of all, since when do you click a touchscreen? This genius idea works out in all ways.
I was surprised that PowerPoint was installed. I need that for many things. On other hand, all of the Blackberry OS needs to be improved, but the phone has great features.
If any of you are wondering, the Qwerty Keyboard works fine in land scape mode. this phone company, verizon, and blackberry (RIM) have made a genius phone.
Design is sleek, cool, and great battery life. Hey, 3.2 megapixel camera! nice! LOVE ITTTTTTTT
 

Design 10/10
Features 8/10
Performance 7/10

Pros

  • sleek
  • touch screen has click
  • good features
  • fast internet

Cons

  • blackberry OS needs improvement
  • extra money per month for data package

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Rick
posted on 21 Nov 2008, 14:09

5.3

Disappointment

I've waited for this phone for months. Kept using my falling-apart 8703e, just so I would be eligible for an upgrade when the Storm came. After waiting in line in 20 degree tempatures and snow showers, the Verizon store opened. I went in, and immediatly bought one. After using it all day, I'm going to have to return it because there are so many things that make this phone a pain to use.
First off is the touchscreen. It sounded like an innovative idea. But the reality of having to press a touchscreen takes away the ease of use. I've used an iPhone, and an Instinct, and the touchscreens are easy to use. With the Storm, you have to press down, and it really slows down navigation. It's also annoying when typing, and it too is slowed down by the SurePress screen. The screen auto-rotation is also annoying. Even when the phone's locked, it will switch to landscape. Switching between portrait and landscape is slow, too.
The software. The Storm's OS is nothing but the 4.6 software modified to be used on a touchscreen phone. Opeing programs is slow. Scrolling is not smooth at all, like the iPhone. The icons are nice and big, which is something I liked about the phone. The software features are great. Hopefully, RIM will release an update that speeds up the software, because it's the slowest BlackBerry I've ever used.
Lack of WiFi. I've never been able to get Verizon service in my office, and I was really hoping the Storm would have WiFi. I bought it knowing it didn't, but I've lived without...  

Design 6/10
Features 7/10
Performance 3/10

Pros

  • It's a Blackberry...... with a touchscreen
  • Has all the features of a regular Blackberry
  • Good camera
  • Well built phone

Cons

  • Slow software
  • No WiFi
  • Software isn't optimized for a touchscreen-only device
  • Reception isn't great
  • Camera flash is weak
  • Screen auto-rotation is slow and annoying.

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