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BlackBerry Storm Review

0. phoneArena 25 Nov 2008, 09:48 posted on

What’s this, the new BlackBerry? Woah, it has no keyboard. And…did it just click? You’ve never clicked a screen before, is that supposed to happen? Is it supposed to feel so…tiring? And why is this screen wiggling around, am I supposed to be seeing the circuit board? Why is it so heavy; the iPhone isn’t this heavy? The interface is pretty neat, but why are page transitions taking so long. Did it just flip orientations on me? I didn’t even move it. Wait, now I did move it and the orientation isn’t following...

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posted on 25 Nov 2008, 19:25

52. (unregistered)

I have been taking every review i read on this website with a grain of salt ever since they wrote the review on the iPhone 3G and the touch screen comparison over the summer. It is obvious that whoever writes for this website is bias towards the iPhone and does not give a fair review. Example #1: When the iPhone 3G came out there were tons of problems with the phone, such as lag, locking up, bad reception and dropped calls. Here is a direct quote from their review: "Generally it’s excellent, but every now and again we will get some lag, or a lockup. It has even restarted on us a few times, never doing the same thing twice. The iPhone 3G definitely has some bugs, and we’d expect a software update from Apple pretty soon." That was the last thing you heard about the software problems in the review, and PhoneArena pushed it off like it was nothing. Example #2: In the touchscreen comparison article that compared the iPhone, Instinct, Dare, and Vu, they basically praised the iPhone on just about every category, and even if there was an obvious flaw with the phone (such as reception and dropped calls, which is the primary use of a cell phone), they kept giving Apple a pass. They even gave it a higher score than the Dare (Iphone 3.86 out of 5, Dare 2.89), even though the individual reviews gave the Dare a 9 out of 10 and the iPhone 3G got an 8. I'm not going to say that the Storm doesn't have its problems, but seriously be professional about your reviews. Let the information speak for itself rather than your opinion, because its obvious that your opinion is biased.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 23:48

58. (unregistered)

um, the instinct beat the iphone in that review. also, the dare is a piece of s*** wannabe and deserves what it gets. if you actually read this site comprehensively they bash the iphone and apple all the time. take a look at the g1 review if you think they are biased towards the iphone, they pretty much ripped apple. and my favorite was when they had an article with the apple logo photoshopped with the communist sickle

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 14:14

82. (unregistered)

And everyone knows that the iphone doesn't have the best signal. Come on. Everyone says it all the time everywhere so why is it necessary that phonearena stress it? And when the iPhone had bugs, it was mainly with the app store, email, and calls. For me it was especially with email. Some people had crashed after downloading applications but it only happened once for me. In my area, calls were absolutely fine. It was just the push email for me. I would get email notices hours after the email was sent. But my accelerator worked fine, applications weren't slow to load, my screen didn't shake, my thumbs never get tired and autocorrect works fine, etc. And apple is bashed a lot in this site, especially by android's open source and apple's iTunes approach (even though I think that the iPhone is still way better than the G1 but that's just my opinion). And this is not the only site that thinks that the storm failed.

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 17:53

108. (unregistered)

Wait, the iphone mainly had bugs with e-mail and calls? What do you use a phone for? I mean really, what is the main purpose of the phone, especially a smart phone? ummm, could it be e-mail and calls? So your arguement is that the iphone is great phone because it only really had bugs when using the phone and e-mail? Sorry for all the questions I am just completely baffled by your arguement here.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 16:04

130. vz (unregistered)

actually 65, the instinct only beat the iphone in the REVIZED article that they put out on the comparisons. The iphone won the original article with great things like "every phone can do this but the iphone... but the iphone wins" in every category. go back and read the hundreds of original comments that flame the phoenarena reviewer for his blatent bias. they changed the article to playcate the masses.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 11:41

10. vzemp (unregistered)

its amazing, Iphonearena.com bashed the storm. didnt see that one comming. point 1) this is a first generation blackberry touch device. there are bound to be some out the door inconsitencies with it, just like any brand new "first of its kind" product. give it an update or 2 and revisit your review. point 2) you dont know how to use the touch screen. Myself, i am not that coordinated when it comes to touch devices. I use a voyager just for the gigantic layout on the keyboard. i do not miss with the storm. if you pay attention, the device highlights any icon, key, or button under your finger before you press down. if you are not waiting for it to do that, then you will NOT hit what you want. once you spend some real time with it, you will not have your"miskey" problems. just for reference, i can use the BB almost as fast as the voyager. thats a big deal for someone whos not that coordinated.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 11:54

16. (unregistered)

they didnt bash it, they called it like it is.here we go now, the verizonarena.com sponsor just showed up. please tell us more of how verizon is second to god.. what a spaz.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 13:30

21. (unregistered)

looks like a verizon hater showed up

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 13:32

22. (unregistered)

they totally bashed the phone. they could have expressed their opinions while pointing out the same flaws in a more non biased opinion but they didn't.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 18:19

43. (unregistered)

not a hater at all. just dont like apple complainers or verizon glorifiers.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 18:48

49. (unregistered)

So if this review was about the iphone cause the iphone had ton of issues when it came out.. both of them did that were completely over looked, you have said.. they didn't bash it, they're calling it as they see it. Cuase if you ask me, they don't call it as the see it. If they did they would be honest and unbias, seems to me they call it how they want to see it and you're reading it how you want to read it.

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 02:10

62. (unregistered)

i saw and used the phone. its quality was crap.not one thing was disagreeable. so again they saw it how it is, and i read and agreed like i used it. screen craftmanship is shabbey.

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 14:24

84. (unregistered)

I think that's so dumb. I have to put my finger over a key to make site I am choosing the right one before I click?what a waste of time, especially when typing. Just imagine pittingbyour finger over each and every letter to see the blue light before actually selecting it. Who does that with any phone? I'd rather just push down on a regular touch screen instead of waiting to see that I was touching the correct one.

posted on 28 Nov 2008, 23:16

102. tofast30 (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Nov 2008)

it's not the point. He made the procolmation that this was rims worst phone ever. That would put anyone who says that in question. has nothing to do with verizon people jumping up and down over thier new phone. Just bad press. liked the site when it was about the phone and not carrier.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 11:43

11. vzwemp (unregistered)

oh, btw, the storm works like a windows mobile device does. just because you back out of a program does not mean that you TURNED IT OFF. you have to hit the BB button while in the program and tell it to turn it off from there, otherwise your phone, like any other, will lag with 20 things going.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 11:48

14. (unregistered)

true, but certain things dont close on my storm no matter what, even when i access them via the task manager and choose close in the menu. when i bring the task manager back up they are still running

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 12:02

17. (unregistered)

I don't agree with review. This is a first generation Touch Blackberry. Remember when the Second Generation Iphone came out and people dropped thier First generation Iphone in the dumpster?!? This BB Storm is very fun to play with. Yes it has problems but with a few, just a few updates, it has the potential to be a great phone for any user. In no way am I going to refer to it as an "Iphonekiller", but the Storm is an Iphone Contender and will appeal to many people. I am finished with my latest VZW contract and had thought about switching just for the Iphone to have the capabilities it offers, but with the Storm I don't think I'll want to switch now. I plan to get it in two-three weeks once the updates start to roll out on it. I will say I have worries about the screen in two aspects: 1. the spaces on all sides of the Screen (This is NOT a pocket phone!) I don't want dirt in my phone... 2. It does lag but that can be changed with updates and expect that to happen pretty quickly the way VZ has advertised this phone. I would like to see a revised review around Christmas time if any new updates are available. I do think this review was extremely biased but then again I don't know anyone personally that works for this site so I don't intend to be too critical.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 13:24

19. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

We do plan on refreshing the review if any updates come out that address the issues we ran into. Hopefully they will be released soon!

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 21:26

55. VZ guy (unregistered)

They have already released an update. go towww.blackberry.com/storm/update the update does fix some of the issues at hand, like the lag time between going from horizontal to vertical. Try it out and see what you think.

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 13:44

75. (unregistered)

there is no update

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 14:41

85. (unregistered)

I couldn't get anything. Did you get an update?

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 04:06

104. (unregistered)

Use the desktop manager to look for updates. You will find an update for the Core applications and the Help application.

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 08:01

106. (unregistered)

An Update will be available the First week of December.

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 13:52

118. (unregistered)

the update has been released, where's the refreshing?

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 19:30

119. (unregistered)

The update was released sometime last week or shortly after release. Although the update to be released this week or next week is the main one to supposedly fix some of the core issues. This is what I was told by a corporate associate. The update has made programs run/open just a little faster on my friends Storm, but could still use a little more speed. If everyone on this site would be patient I'm sure PhoneArena might be pleased with the device after the updates roll-out and will give a fair judgement on the device.

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 20:54

120. leo.brazuca (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Aug 2008)

I think you should be a little better informed, the update has being already released...I already have in my phone!

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 10:19

122. (unregistered)

and your software is? 4.?.?.?

posted on 08 Dec 2008, 18:29

149. (unregistered)

the update has been leaked out for about 2 weeks now..... where is the review update? This site has such biases reviews and then when you say you're going to do something you procrastinate like crazy. This site is very disappointing.

posted on 17 Dec 2008, 17:02

155. Mayday3420 (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

There has been updates out for this phone with no review updates. Do you guys just say stuff and never followup on anything? that's really the way it has always looked with you.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 14:04

23. (unregistered)

i find these comments funny, since basically every other review ive seen has said the same thing. yes, they were harsh, but they dont seem to be unfair. hell, blackberry aficionado bgr went as far as to say that it might be vzws best device, but "...we wouldn’t trade our Bolds in for Storms if you paid us. Like a lot of money. Like, six figures."

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