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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 28 Nov 2008, 01:01

98. (unregistered)


Read all the mediocre reviews. Got one anyway and love it. If I could have a bold or a storm and stay with verizon I would probably choose the Bold but so far I am impressed with the Storm. I had the Dare and returned it it was frustrating to do anything on it but dial a number. I had the Curve which I also loved. The typing improves with practice on the Storm and the display is great. I like that I can highlight something by touching it and then click to confirm. I remember all the problem when the Bold first can out and the iphone 3G so I expect the Storm to just get better.

posted on 28 Nov 2008, 09:34

99. (unregistered)


this review is total crap... I watched the video phone area put up on YouTube for the review of the storm and its obvious they are bias… the screen click is nothing! It’s the same if not less strain on your fingers than a regular phone with keys…. Yes the phone does lag at some points, but there is going to be a software update mid December to fix that. Idk how you guys had trouble typing with the storm... i got the dare and the storm kicks its ass when typing, i make a misstake on the dare every other word... with the storm i can type just fine, any mistakes i got with the storm are the same i would get on a reg keyboard...

posted on 28 Nov 2008, 23:49

103. (unregistered)


hahahahah the dude doin the video review said "the blackberry bold" like 7 times lmao it took him like 5 mins to realize and then he still did it after that too hahahahah anyway, messed around wit it in the store, horrible

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 16:17

107. MULTI_TOUCH (unregistered)


It does do multitouch, but the typing does recognize multi-touch. right now the only function of multi-touch is highlighting.

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 18:28

109. (unregistered)


The first paragraph of this review just gives the impression that the phonearena staff is biased. Completely exaggerating issues, blowing small details out of proportion. First off, you cannot see the circuit board. And "tiring"? If pressing a button is tiring then you are the epitome of lazy. Heavy? I't barely an ounce heavier than an iPhone... an ounce! What I am curious about is... when the iPhone 3G was released it had more issues than the Storm, yet it received a rating of 8/10. Let's see... the iPhone had lag issues, dropped call issues, poor call quality and battery life issues, and worst of all it had issues connecting to their network. That merits an 8/10? My intention is not to bash the iPhone, but rather point out that despite it's major flaws at release it still received a good score. When in comparison the flaws of the Storm are less, and it receives a 5.5/10.

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 08:20

116. (unregistered)


but, the iphone had redeeming qualities. the storm does not. also, an ounce heavier is a nearly 25% increase over a borderline heavy phone

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 15:18

127. (unregistered)


First off, you can see some form of circuitry, leave the phone off, or basicly get it to where its all dark screen,and you can tiny dots on what i guess would be the clicking parts, you can see the connection lines and the screen wobbles, as if saying, hey look at my screen im gonna pop off soon. bottom line its blackberry and this phone could have kicked ass.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 16:25

131. (unregistered)


What were the redeeming qualities of the iphone that could not/will not be the redeeming qualities of the storm? That honestly is one of hte most biased statements ever. Practically all the complaints about the storm can be fixed by software updates and I gaurentee they'll get them fixed quicker than the iphone. As for the typing, that's all opinion. Some like it, some don't. It's the way of the world. Not to mention how much more the storm does than iphone.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 23:01

134. (unregistered)


Redeeming qualities? At launch there were many iPhones that could not be activated on AT&T, tell me what is a redeeming quality from that? And nice symantax, using word play to exaggerate the trivial. A 25% increase in a car's weight is a lot, but when dealing with ounces it is futile, a moot point. It may be heavier than the iPhone, but that doesn't automatically make it heavy.

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 03:22

142. (unregistered)


yeah, couldnt activate cause of the masses of people doing it at the same time,since millions bought it in a few days. yet you have people talking about waiting in line at verizon. first off what line. no one waited for this phone. yet apple had long as lines day or two before. hhmmm

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 20:26

110. (unregistered)


after reading the review and the comments i went and tested the phone for myself......the phone is awesome. The reviewer needs to understand that......cocaines a hell of a drug...but really...experience the phone first before listening to others...including myself

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 15:19

128. (unregistered)


we did, not everybody had a good experience, and yeah cocaine is a hell of drug. really

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 22:04

111. (unregistered)


I work for Verizon Wireless and I'm a Blackberry user but the Storm is junk. To be totally honest I don't even have Verizon for my wireless provider I have At&t and the service is so much better and the Blackberry I have is better than the one I had with Verizon.

posted on 30 Nov 2008, 01:20

112. (unregistered)


To be totally honest, you are a total liar. Stevie Wonder could see through your statement. We all know you do not work for Verizon, I doubt your store manager would allow you to have another carrier because it is a direct violation of the SKPs.

posted on 30 Nov 2008, 01:29

113. (unregistered)


I work in customer service and we dont have to have Verizon so no Im not lying to work for Verizon you don't have to work in a store. Ever think about that one?

posted on 30 Nov 2008, 01:53

114. (unregistered)


I to work for Verizon in customer service and a lot of people here have at&t. And Verizon cannot make a store rep have a Verizon phone. If the rep doesn't want to have Verizon that's up to them not Verizon

posted on 30 Nov 2008, 09:02

115. (unregistered)


they cant make u give up your phone but if you're a sales rep, u have to carry a verizon consession line so customers can reach you

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 15:22

129. (unregistered)


you doubt cuz you dont know. you can work where ever and have whatever PERSONAL phone you want.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 22:34

132. (unregistered)


Just because the item is personal doesn't mean it can be brought to a workplace. Business' have SKPs that they set to address this. If a DM walked in the store and seen a sales rep with a phone other than Verizon in the store (and I repeat, in the store), they can get terminated because it is not allowed on Verizon property. I have a big personal collection of porn, but that doesnt mean I can bring it to work. I have a nice personal wardrobe, but I cannot wear what I want to work. You probably work at McDonalds, I dare you walk in eating a Whopper.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 22:38

133. (unregistered)


Whether in a store or call center, any other carrier's cell phone is not allowed. Unless you hide your phone, as if it were a vile of crack.

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 19:09

141. (unregistered)


There are people who have cell phones with other carriers that work at verizon. When I first started work for verizon I had att and I will never go back to them. I have noticed a huge difference in quality. I get more signal in more places. The amt of people who have other carriers that work for verizon are VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY tiny due to the fact that employees get a 50% discount on all plans and features. That's cheaper than sprint and even small cell companies. Why wouldn't you have verizon? Truly only an idiot would still have att. not to mention only an idiot would bash the company they work for considering the better the company does the more money and the better bonus we make. So honestly, just 2 things can be true. Either this person is a complete, and i mean COMPLETE IDIOT or they are just a liar acting like they work for verizon. Either way. They're not someone an inteligent person would listen to.

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 03:37

143. (unregistered)


i didnt say you could bring it work. i said you can work where ever, and have whatever you want. its like saying i could never own a mercedes cause i work at chevy. your porn comparison answered your own claim. also not everyone eats where they work. if did, i would if i wanted to.

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 11:53

145. (unregistered)


did you really just make that horrible anology... "thats like working at a dorito factory and eating pringles!".

posted on 09 Dec 2008, 23:48

150. (unregistered)


well no im not an idiot i do work for verizon the storm does suck. but im on a family share plan on my dads business acct and at&t gives him a discount where verizon doesnt.and hey while im in school if someone else wants to pay my phone bill thats fine with me. and just about everyone i work with in MY call center has at&t. and there are out source call centers as well that are "verizon" and we dont get a discount from verizon so again at&t is cheaper.

posted on 10 Dec 2008, 11:34

151. (unregistered)


ok, see, definitely a liar. I can gaurentee just about everyone in your call center does not have att unless it is an att call center. Or does everyone have someone else paying for their phone bill where you work? As for outsource centers, they do get discounts too. I work with them on a regular basis. What call center do you work at if you really do? And how did you get the storm to see exactly how good it is? You can let me know or just admit you're full of it.

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 09:58

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


I Have the blackberry Storm since November 22. I already Had the iPhone and used the HTC Diamond Pro. I don't see how you can make a comment saying that the Storm typing is bad, how the phone is not even close to be the iPhone killer. The phone is heavy but it doesn't feel that heavy in hands and guess what? Once I pass my finger across the screen the selection will follow my finger, on the main menu screen or on the home screen. Typing is not a problem AT ALL for me, actually it was a problem with the LG DARE and the iPhone but with the Storm no problem at all. VZ Navigator, for me is one of the best GPS comparing to all the carriers, I've used the Sprint's TeleNav and i could never find my own house. YES, THERE IS AN OS UPDATE FOR THE STORM...i Got it last night and the phone got even better. The Link bellow will take to the upgrade, you can e-mail me a leo@from-brasil.com for instructions on how to proceed and I will send you an e-mail back with the step-by-step on how to UPDATE your OS.http://www.ndnguyen.com/bbstorm/9530AMEA_PBr4%5b1%5d.7.0_rel107_PL4.0.0.94_A4.7.0.75.exe I really think that phonearena.com is the only website where I was able to find someone saying that the Storm is not a good phone and has problem on the touch screen.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 23:23

135. R U SERIOUS??? (unregistered)


Try the NY times and even Cnet and even the WSJ all gave the storm far from stellar reviews....

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 10:13

139. (unregistered)


You can't see how they say the Storm typing is bad and yet EVERY review I've read has stated that they don't care for the keyboard. I guess all of the reviews I've read (CNET, Phonescoop, Phonearena) are wrong.

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 18:38

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


I have the phone and I know what I am talking about it, I work on the wireless industry and for me the storm is better then any other touch screen phone that I had in hands by far, thats including the iPhone

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 06:35

144. (unregistered)


Got it Tried it sent it back Poor Performance Poor Support poor customer service APPLE WINS

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 12:59

146. BB (unregistered)


I have had mine for a few day and I like it. It is no iPhone killer but the Storm works for me and I refuse to go to AT&T. Been there already. Verizon is much easier to work with. I do not text very much so once again the Storm suits me well. Music plays well and good access to internet and calendar updates to Outlook. One more thing, it even works great as a phone. What a concept.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 18:40

147. just me (unregistered)


I'm never going to this website again. Back to the old phonescoop.com I suppose. *sigh*

posted on 11 Dec 2008, 03:53

152. t dubb (unregistered)


you guys didnt change much in your review. To move from a 5.5 to a 6 is just ridiculous. But everyone has their opinion. Maybe u are just stuck on the iphone which you gave a 9. For a multimedia phone that doesn't do mulitmedia messaging or video recording and has a 2mp camera even with the 2nd upgrade without stereo bluetooth (Are you kiddin), no removable battery, no additional memory. Above all that, it doesn't even allow a full qwerty keyboard when holding it horizontal. It's intuitive, with a nice os and 3rd party application center, that's all. Therefore a x1 should get like a 15 cause it has all that plus an original keyboard. Just stick with your iphone. The storm isn't heavy and it is a better aerodynamic phone than the iphone which is too long and impossible to hold. I have an itouch which is the same. You are worried about the screen wiggling, but what about iphone screens cracking and you having to pay full price. If my screen doesn't click, guess what, I can take it back for another that ships overnight with a fee of 50 bucks at the most. What do you know about phones? Tell me.

posted on 11 Dec 2008, 07:40

153. (unregistered)


true they didnt change shit but there is another update coming that is a huge improvement over thishttp://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/11/30/blackberry-storm-os-47076-other-versions-left-dead-in-the ir-tracks/

posted on 16 Dec 2008, 20:27

154. icarus (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


don't worry, by time the next softwear upgrade comes along they'll have this review buried too deep to find.That way they don't have to put down their I-phones to write a fari review. I'm not a huge fan of the Storm, i'm holding final judgement for the next upgrade, but man, talk about a hatchet job

posted on 02 Jan 2009, 20:01

158. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


Define hatchet Job.

posted on 19 Dec 2008, 09:20

156. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Can't really blame Phone Arena for rating the Storm so harshly. After all, RIM believed that the Storm could take on the iPhone.

posted on 02 Jan 2009, 19:56

157. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


The storm is my first experience with using a touch screen device, and so far so good. I disagree with the originator of the message I found the typing accurate and easy from the begining to say that it is in accurate and atrocious is utter nonsense. Exhausting? hardly. Its no more difficult than my 8830. The difference between the two is that if people want a toy they'll buy the iphone, and if they want a well thought out device the'll buy the storm.

posted on 10 Jan 2009, 19:46

159. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its amazing how they have a front page article for every IPHONE UPDATE for bug fixes that did NOT fix the bugs, but you really have to strain ur eyes to find that BB update article.. is it here? :( the storm already beats out the iphone in most categorys that mean anything, features, function, business function. the iphone still has its screen functionality and overall slickness. a few more updates and the storm will have that as well. the iphone is yesterdays toy.

posted on 19 Jan 2009, 20:35

160. kellybl131 (Posts: 42; Member since: 19 Jan 2009)


OK...seriously. If you add up the score the phone received you get 65 divide that by 8 you get 8.1? How did the storm get a 6 if the average is an 8.1? Phonearena is beyond biased! Thanks for making it easy for me to pick which web site to NOT trust for honest reviews on cell phones from the staff. Congrats.

posted on 19 Feb 2009, 17:44

161. BBBOY (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


no matter how bad you think the storm performed but i honestly in my opinion dont believe that you should have gave it a 6. I have used the device and yeah it may lag at times but it is an extraordinary device that will definitely get better in the near future. and the keyboard is tyring???? please! once again that is your opinion. and i will just leave it at that.

posted on 05 Apr 2009, 07:08

162. Rhyno (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Apr 2009)


I am trying to decide between The Bold and The Storm. My main uses on the phone would be web-surfing and some e-mailing. Is the big touch screen and finger scrolling better for this? I am aware of some of the problems that this has had, but believe that firmware updates are sorting them out.(I also like the gimmick of a touch screen though) I really like the look of The Bold and like a physical keyboard.I also believe the web browsing isn't as easy on The Bold. Is that correct? What should I do? Any help is appreciated!

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