New video compares Storm 2 to original; AT&T and Verizon to offer the unit in the U.S.

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New video compares Storm 2 to original; AT&T and Verizon to offer the unit in the U.S.
In a hot new video, the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 is compared with the original 9530. One interesting item from the video is that it confirms the earlier report that besides the 9550 CDMA model for Verizon, there will be a 9520 GSM model for AT&T in the U.S. As for the phone itself, the 9550 has a screen that is flush with the sides of the device which leads to a better build quality than the first-gen Storm has and also makes the handset look sleeker. As the video shows us, when a letter is pressed on the Storm 9530, the entire screen moves down. With the Piezo technology of the Storm 2 (don't worry if you don't know what that means-this video will explain it all), when you press on a letter it is like pressing on a button under the glass. In other words, the second version of SurePress seems to have achieved the original goal of making a virtual keyboard feel like a real one. It makes typing easier and faster as you can type on more than one letter at a time with the new model just like on a real physical QWERTY keyboard. Bottom line is that it looks like typing on the Storm 2 is a pleasure. Now what will happen to those first-gen Storm owners who will be stuck with obsolete technology?

RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 Preliminary Specifications
RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 Preliminary Specifications

source: Crackberry

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39 Comments

1. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I think that it is crap that AT&T gets to get Verizon's Storm when Verizon can't even get the iPhone, fair trade? Not! What is up with that?

2. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Well they missed out on the Tour so I guess its fair to give them the Storm. Its more of a blow to not have the Tour as the majority prefer a physical keyboard anyway.

6. techie123

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

Yeah its not a fair trade... However, it will highlight which carrier people prefer. I'm betting that VZW sales of this phone will be at least double ATT sales of this phone. Don't you think?

10. gba2000

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

yea, because the majority of people will want the iPhone, of course Verizon will sell more storms

16. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

hmcougar09- i think they are giving them it cause it is still a bad phone, and they try copying the iphone with the opening instead of just changing pictures. its not a fair trade on atts part cause they get the good phones and verizon gets bad phones. screw them though. storm 2 gsm and cdma then like the tour? VZWfangirl- the tour is on the table and the storm is in the trash 30 ft away. it doesnt even come close to the tour. the tour is like they savior now like the iphone was for att and the g1/g2 was for t mob, and instinct, instinct 2, and palm pre ALL were, but failed.Im with t mobile and the tour is the only cdma phone i want to atleast use cause i loved the bold and javelin. i hate when people say its a mix of a bold and storm...that makes it a bad, laggy phone! techie123- You are right about the sales cause it has a sim card. no need for att unless your upgrading. people complain about the click screen and go straight to iphone. i think the versa is better than that. and i HATE lg.but thats such a nice phone. and if its not a fair trade, then why do you say vzw would atleast double in att sales? thats like saying it IS a fair trade.... gba2000- amen to that, brotha

37. Masters

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

AT&T got the Blackberry Bold though didn't they? Is that not the Tour or a similar handset? In fact, I think AT&T was the first to get the handset from RIM. So, I don't think they missed out at all.

3. iberrystorm

Posts: 67; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

i cant believe it, when the first storm came out, verizon got it. it was a failure at 1st until recent updates and then the 2nd storm come out. the storm 2 is going to be better than the original one and att got it. i mean verizon had to live with a crappy phone at the begining and then when the 2nd one comes out att gets it. shouldnt the iphone be for verizon then? storm was exclusive for verizon i think and then the storm 2 isnt? isnt fair!

17. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

"and grizzly adams had a beard...."

4. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

The storm sucks anyway...its not nearly as fast as the iphone...i just bought an iphone this past Sunday and can finally see what all the hype is about...its clearly the best phone out on the market and no phone can match it...although i havnt used the palm pre yet..based on some reviews im sure the iphone still remains king..oh and i actually hope that verizon does get the iphone because being an att customer, i am sick and tired of hearing this coverage bull that verizon is so much better (coverage available is really based on where you live)...so maybe att would then improve their coverage to get ahead in the competition...i definately think that their network is already faster...and for people complaining about att getting the storm, before the storm came out, RIM sold the most handsets on att...so y shouldnt they get more Blackberry devices??? call me biased i really dont give a f*ck...

5. HatedaIphone

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

How fast is your MMS Feature ?? LoL .

8. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

How about running that IM app in the background while u surf the net?

19. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

if your smart, JAILBREAK, put in the apn, and bam! mms for att and t mob

20. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

jailbreak and download backgrounder... ACTUALLY now theres push so you can do that....its called research...DO IT!

27. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

you shouldn't have to "jailbreak" a phone to have those simple features dude! and the majority of iphone owners have no clue how to do that nor have the time.

7. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

what about sprint??? why does sprint ALWAYS get shafted when it comes to good phones?! ugh.

9. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

What about the Pre?

11. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

And the upcoming HTC Hero? And wasn't Sprint the first to get the Touch Pro in America last year? And they just got the Tour recently.

12. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

eh...the pre is ok. i was super excited before it came out...but then once i got a chance to play with it, i really wasn't that impressed. i AM somewhat excited for the Hero, but a lot of the reviews i've read say that the processor really REALLY lags. so that's got me a little worried :-/

14. panacea224

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

Actually HTC has just released a new firmware that eliminates all that lag. So the sprint version shouldn't have any issues with lag.

21. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

ace1122 and LGVX1993 just proved that sprints gets the good phones handed out last and never gets really good phone....

13. Phoney

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 16, 2009

I hope the Storm2 screen is also "non scratch"!

22. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

sorry, all phones scratch

28. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i dont have any scratches on my screen and i drop mine all the time and it's naked. also havn't you seen the youtube vid of a scratch test for the storm? it takes a lot to scratch that screen.

29. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

welcome to reality.

15. panacea224

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

This looks like a massive improvement over the original.

18. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Why are some of you guys having a prob with this also being on at&t, I mean, don't blame the carrier, blame RIM if anything, but even so, I'm glad it's happening because attetion on the iPhone will begin to fade, and we might get a nice Android phone on the carrier...say, uhm...the Hero? =/

31. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

WHY U GUYS MAD THE STORM IS COMIN TO ATT? (just like how artz1986 said) stop gettin all pissed about it and b glad and i don't think the hero is goin to att.

34. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It's probably not, but I might be moving to the UK, so I guess I'm with Orange, or get one unlocked.....

23. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Would you children pls grow up. First of all the 1st storm wasnt crap. It had its issues sure but it was still a solid device. As far as people complaining about updates to the storm them being made that is, what about the upgrades made to computers I dont har any complaints about them people are glad to get them so there computer will operate better. As far as VZW getting the iphone rumor control has it that theyll have it about august of next year if Apple can get there heads out of there collective A@#$#.

24. Vandro

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

Hilarious bickering, considering AT&T's network is so shot in my area, I have a dead zone just down the street. The Blackberry OS is still one of the smoothest out there, capable of balancing business with pleasure, appropriately. I thought the Storm had potential; the browser was the best for BB, the camera interface was solid, media looked great on the screen, the feel of the phone was well-weighted and assuring in quality. Failure came to optimization, but it was a first-gen product. SurePress, most of all, needed to be tweaked. Too much movement and abyssmal sensitivity, but I keep thinking I can highlight what I am about to press on other phones without actually triggering a shortcut. So, they did something right.

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