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RIM BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Review

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Performance:

The Storm2 is overall very good.  Callers said we sounded distant, but on the whole good and rated us at an 8/10.  We would do them slightly better and rate them at an 8.5, with no major complaints but not standout either.  Talk time is a solid 5.5 hours, and without use the Storm2 can go over 11 days between charges.  In our use the battery was good, but not as outstanding as we are used to with BlackBerry devices and we were usually charging it every day or two as opposed to every 3 to 4.


Conclusion:

Despite the very similar design and software, the RIM BlackBerry Storm2 9550 manages to be a major improvement over the Storm 9530.  This change can be attributed almost wholly to the improvement in RIM’s clickable screen, which now can register multiple inputs properly and due to the four sensor points feels much more like a real keyboard.  The increased memory and new 5.0 OS proved quick and snappy with almost no lag.  On the media front the Storm2 is as solid as the first time around, with needed improvements to the camera.  At the end of the day we’ll still take the non-clickable screens of the Palm Pre, Apple iPhone and HTC Hero, but if tactile feedback is your thing the BlackBerry Storm2 is a solid choice.


RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 Video Review:

RIM BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Review


Pros

  • Vast improvement in screen technology makes the Storm2 better to type on
  • Threaded messaging
  • Navigation keys are now integrated into the screen for a sleeker look
  • Very good media player

Cons

  • It works now, but we’re still not sold on the whole clickable touchscreen idea
  • Battery may be a concern for very heavy users
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


i think it's slightly moronic to make one of your cons that "It works now, but we’re still not sold on the whole clickable touchscreen idea". This is supposed to be a review of the phone, it should be impartial. the fact that you included a feeling as a pro or con, clearly shows that your review is anything but impartial. if it didn't work, then that would be a con. leave your personal beliefs out of the equation so that we as the reader have a chance to decide for ourselves.

posted on 19 Sep 2010, 07:52

9. Iphone User (unregistered)


IS A SHIT PHONE, BOUGHT IT OFF EBAY AND IT STARTED GIVING ME PROBLEMS FROM THE START. TELL YOU THE TRUTH THE WORLD'S ISN'T READY FOR A TOUCH PHONE.....NOT FROM BLACKBERRY ATLEAST

posted on 29 Oct 2009, 11:15

2. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


Most of the phones have the threaded messaging.. so nothing special about it

posted on 29 Oct 2009, 11:18

3. DF334 (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


I own the 1st Storm and I could always use the screen. I think that a lot of people that used the phone saying that it was unusable is a very subjective statement. I have gotten to use the Storm2 and it is a HUGE improvement. I do agree with the comment above from secondcor517, because saying that the clicking part of the phone IS working, and then saying it is a con is a personal opinion. Great Review otherwise! OH....5.0 is really good by the way!!!

posted on 29 Oct 2009, 12:30

4. krusenkevin (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


It's a minor point, I know, but... the schizophrenia when stating dimensions and weight in reviews (Phone Arena and elsewhere) drives me n-u-t-s. Sometimes it's stated in metric terms, other times in Imperial terms. Can't we get it BOTH ways? 5 grams means nothing to me.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 21:13

6. koustik (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


This may be hard to take in all at one time but.............Your not the only person in the world. JKLOL I would like to see both dimensions too.

posted on 29 Oct 2009, 16:44

5. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


there is no way to classify how much better this phone is in words.... you HAVE to try it in person to fully appreciate how much better it is.

posted on 04 Nov 2009, 23:04

7. theo14461 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I've been using the Storm 2 for about a week. In the past, I've owned a BB Bold, Curve, and a Tour. I'll take the Storm 2, over them all. The camera has a very slight lag, but the pictures look great. I would like to be able to see the characters above my finger, as I type. Display is bright, and looks good, not too sensitive. Very pleased with this phone.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 11:08

8. corymcnutt (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


Just for the record...in the PHONE area, the Storm2 DOES locate contacts by starting to type the name of the contact on the line; you just have to push the contact icon on the dial screen. You can also click on the Inc/Out calls icon and simply highlight a recent call and push dial. If you have the Phone icon pushed, you can only type a phone number in. The way they organized that phone area is very nice; I just wish RIM would allow a larger contact photo...we have a large screen, so why use a photo as small as the Pearl uses?

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 07:12

10. shilpa (unregistered)


asshole..

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Display3.2 inches, 360 x 480 pixels (185 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.43 x 2.45 x 0.55 inches
(112.5 x 62.2 x 13.9 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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