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BlackBerry Storm

Description:

The Storm is BlackBerry's first touchscreen device. Stocked with all your favorites, the Storm offers a full QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode and a SureType keyboard when in portrait, and a 3.2 megapixel camera with variable zoom, auto focus and flash that also provides continuous lighting when recording video. UPDATE 8/21/09: V CAST Video on Demand has been added to the BlackBerry Storm. V CAST Video now features more than 100 full-length programs from leading broadcast and cable networks.

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  • Bluetooth
  • Expandable memory
  • Global Roaming
  • GPS
  • High Memory Capacity
  • Music Player

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General Info
ManufacturerBlackBerry
TechnologyCDMA/GSM
Data Type3G
Device TypeSmartphone
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Physical Specifications
Height4.43 Inches
Thickness0.55 Inches
Weight5.47 Ounces
KeyboardTouch Only
Phone FormOpen-Faced
Display Specifications
Display Size3.30 Inches
Touchscreen Size3.30 Inches
Audio/Video Specifications
Front Camera0.00 Megapixels
Rear Camera3.20 Megapixels
VideoStandard
Hearing Aid CompatibilityM3
Battery Specifications
Standby Time360 Hours
Talk Time280 Minutes
Memory Specifications
Internal Memory1.00 GB
Expandable Memory16.00 GB

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Average user reviews

Based on 9 Reviews

Overall
3.444445
Display
4
Reception
3.666665
Battery Life
2.88889
Design
4
Apps
2.666665
Display:
5
Reception:
5
Battery Life:
3
Design:
4
Apps:
1
Overall:
Review Rating: 
3.5

Would Recommend to a friend.

Nice phone - a bit 'fussy' tremendous potential

Posted on: June 28th, 2009 by D P

The good: Nice screen, speaker, call quality, network speed, email client, style, desktop software.The bad: Memory issues! Sluggish performance, limited application memory, low-quality app world appsSummary: This is a good phone and has tremendous potential, however it has some serious issues that RIM needs to fix NOW! The App World is near-worthless as the blackberry is severely limited in it's application-dedicated memory. This memory cannot be allocated to your expandable microSD card. Big mistake! Also it has memory leakage issues that will have your system slowing to a crawl by the end of the day. I had to hunt on some forums to find workable solutions.. some aftermarket memory-sweeping apps and an overnight auto-reset app have improved my daily experience substantially..I am not going to say I 'hate' this phone. It has serious issues, but I think they could be resolved easily by a firmware update.. don't forget the iPhone OS was a work in progress as well.. The media player is great.. great call quality, the click screen is easy to use, slower than the iphone, but I find my accuracy is better..RIM fix the memory issues so we can have a perfect phone!!

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
3
Reception:
2
Battery Life:
1
Design:
3
Apps:
1
Overall:
Review Rating: 
2

Would Not Recommend to a friend.

BlackBerry Storm: I hate it!!

Posted on: June 20th, 2009 by Anonymous

The good: Flat screenThe bad: Everything read below Summary: OK I guess I am the only one who hates the d***n storm...I have it for over half a year... and it drops calls all the time. Sometimes, I only hear the last ring because it is always thinking and misses everything or goes directly to voicemail. The phone is constantly reloading or something. When I try to type with the keyboard, I can't see the letters, and they are smaller than hell. It is suppose to be easy to use because each letter lites up before you actually hit it.. but the light lites up under your finger and the keyboard is so small that if you are on a letter near the one you really want you screw up....AND I HAVE VERY SMALL HANDS!!!!! I had the ENV before and never had a problem typing. I hate this phone.... it also has a mind of its own and when I push one application another opens...I thought there was a learning curve at the beginning but by the time I realized it was the phone I couldn't give it back....I HATE THIS PHONE...my kids have the IPhone and that is 100% easier to use and much more user friendly.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
2
Reception:
3
Battery Life:
4
Design:
5
Apps:
4
Overall:
Review Rating: 
3.5

Would Recommend to a friend.

Blackberry Storm

Posted on: April 29th, 2009 by Tina H

The good: Easy to use buttonsThe bad: Back of battery get's hot and Etc..Summary: I had got the Blackberry Storm the first day that it hit the market, I was very excited from all the commercials they shown on TV,But when recieving it I was very dissapointed. First issue, It had froze like a TV screen and got a snow picture and kept coming back up so I took it back cause they couldn't fix it, So one to my second storm,then everytime I text or went to an application I got a red line across my screen and I tried to change settings on it just made it worse, So took it back on to my third storm. Everytime I went to my internet my camera came up in a small part of the screen so you had to take the battery out and put it back in and then an hour later it did it again, So I took it back at this point I was mad and didn't want it no more but I couldn't exchange some reason they wouldn't let me so I said fine I will take it one more time and if it messes up again and you won't replace it I will drop Verizon so I got it took it home and then was told to do the update so I did the update and it worked fine for like a week then it would start loading stuff and have a time clock looking thing and the screen would turn white and then the battery would get hot in the back hot enough you could barely touch it,So I said thats it I took it to the store and said I want a different phone you don't switch it I will drop Verizon I was still in my 30 days so they did. Then I waited for the new updated version to come out and It did I have had the new storm for a week now I love it only problem is the battery still gets hot in the back when you charge it and you recieve text messages emails etc over night.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
3
Reception:
1
Battery Life:
2
Design:
2
Apps:
1
Overall:
Review Rating: 
2

Would Not Recommend to a friend.

Blackberry Storm - Your worst technology nightmare comes true.

Posted on: April 17th, 2009 by Larry Welton

The good: Intuitive. With some practice the keypad isn't bad. A single screen combines all phone logs, text messages, and emails for instant overview of all your communications.Good camera for a cell. If you're buying for that, you're probably an idiot.The bad: Heavy, chunky, sluggish, unstable, unreliable. Reboots constantly (known problem - check around). Reboot takes forever. Poor sound. Poor voice recognition. Screen constantly flips between vertical & horizontal mode, regardless of how it's held.Summary: Actually I like my Storm much better now that I smashed it against the dashboard and I finally succeeded in breaking it beyond repair. I have had it for about 5 months and I paid plenty for it. That said, the satisfaction of smashing it made it all worthwhile. For starters, the interface has a response and feel I can only describe as wading through an 18" deep lake of frozen molasses. Want to play games on it? Foggetaboudit. Sound is weak and scratchy. Voice recognition is poor. It's chunky and heavy. All that aside, that isn't the major problem. Shortly after I got it , it sharted rebooting multiple times per day (like 10). Bad enough, but on top of that, it takes 5-10 minutes to recycle. 10 hours of tech support (really!) with Verizon improved it to about 2 reboots every 3 days. Unfortunately, over time, it became worse again - much worse - finally rebooting every time someone tried to call: i ring - 1 vibration - reboot. Oh yeah - and it didn't save the number either so I had no idea who called. After it did this to me about 15 times in a row over a period of 3 days or so, it hit the dashboard. FYI Verizon AND Blackberry customer service was abysmal. This happened 2 days ago (4/14/09). I bought an iPhone. It's killer. I love it. For the record, I've been using cell phones since they weighed pounds, came in bags, and air time was $2 a minute. I wasn't born yesterday and haven't smashed anything since I pounded a keyboard when the PC ate my spreadsheet and cost me 4 hours of work - I think that was back in '87.As of this writing, Blackberry has yet to upgrade the operating system and it is 100% a Blackberry problem. These are no way ready for prime time and should never have been rushed to the market.If you're a masochist and like being tortured, this is definitely the phone for you.Else, if you really want a useful, elegant, stable, and smooth as silk touchpad phone, then do what i did, suck it up and buy an iPhone.Consider yourself warned.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
3
Reception:
3
Battery Life:
1
Design:
4
Apps:
2
Overall:
Review Rating: 
2.5

Would Recommend to a friend.

DO NOT BUY BLACKBERRY STORM

Posted on: April 6th, 2009 by Jess Jess

The good: internet capabilities, good picture quality, good lookThe bad: froze within 24 hours of purchase, froze several more times, flashed lines every time I clicked a letter for texting, keys made unusual click noise (different from the one it's supposed to make), the light on the screen flickered withing the first 24 hours of purchase, extremely slow, I never dropped it or spilled it and it hasn't even been a full week yet, as of right now the camera will randomly come on and keep clicking pictures, go to the call screen and switch between the two Summary: This is honestly the worst phone I have ever experienced. I did the buy one get one free blackberry with my sister and she had the same problems. We purchased the phones on Friday and it's only the following Monday and all of those problems have happened. I wanted it because of the internet...big mistake. It's not even damaged the least bit. I have never dropped it, spilled on it, sat on it, pressed the screen too hard, stored it in high heat or freezing cold, nothing. I even have a screen protector and a case over it. I think because it's a brand new model that the kinks need to be worked out over a long period of time. It's a good looking phone and it has a ton of capabilities but the functionality of it is not acceptable.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
5
Reception:
5
Battery Life:
5
Design:
5
Apps:
5
Overall:
Review Rating: 
5

Would Recommend to a friend.

Stormin'

Posted on: April 5th, 2009 by Anonymous

The good: SurePress screen, I personally prefer this setup to just regular touch screens. Typing with either landscape QWERTY or SureType keyboard is very easy. Looks great, feels great, not too heavy not too light. Well put together. Great call quality, battery life is generally good. Media player works very well. Takes great pictures. Email and txt messages are very well organized in typical BB fashion. Its not an Iphone.The bad: Fingerprints on screen, although thats more of a complaint with touchscreens in general then just the Storm. A few lags in the software, I mostly notice when viewing pictures. Personally I wish it still had the trackball even though its a touchscreen.Summary: I absolutely love this device, and would recommend it to anyone who is seeking a high end touchscreen smartphone.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
5
Reception:
5
Battery Life:
4
Design:
5
Apps:
4
Overall:
Review Rating: 
4.5

Would Recommend to a friend.

You just have to get USED TO IT!

Posted on: January 10th, 2009 by Trevor Lubinski

The good: Easily the best multimedia phone out right now, once you get used to the click screen(takes about a day or two) you can type just as fast if not faster than the iphone and bold. LOOKS GREAT. The battery life is fine it easily lasts the entire day.The bad: YEAH OS ISNT PERFECT but its only been out for a few months and YES the phone was probably released before it should have but just GIVE IT TIME it CAN AND WILL be one of the best phones once RIM gets the OS right.Summary: It is very easy to navigate through the phone and isnt very difficult to get used to. One thing ive learnt is that you cant SAY wether you like the phone or not in the first 5 MINUTES OF TRYING IT! You must have the phone for at least 2 days before making a decision. I wrote this whole review with my Storm in the matter of minutes.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
5
Reception:
4
Battery Life:
1
Design:
4
Apps:
3
Overall:
Review Rating: 
3.5

Would Recommend to a friend.

Storm is hott

Posted on: December 22nd, 2008 by Jackie Chiarappa

The good: Great sound quality, takes good pics and videos, videos look amazing on the screen,Web Browser, big bright screenThe bad: Laggy, hard to text fast, battery life is shortSummary: This phone overall is a great phone for multimedia services, sound comes out loud and clear, videos look amazing, and camera is very nice. If you're not a big texter but you like browsing the web and listening to music and taking pics this phone is definitely for you, if you text a lot i do not reccomend it.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com

Display:
5
Reception:
5
Battery Life:
5
Design:
4
Apps:
3
Overall:
Review Rating: 
4.5

Would Recommend to a friend.

A few flaws but an amazing smartphone

Posted on: November 23rd, 2008 by Jeff Yount

The good: Fast browser,awesome display,great camera w/flash and video, great sound & speaker qualityThe bad: Slightly heavy & thick, touch QWERTY keyboard is hard to get fast on due to click screen.Summary: Had storm for 2 days (upgraded from treo)havent put it down much since i got it. great multimedia device(the best),love desktop & apps(facebook/myspace/email) internet is great w/great display. still getting used to click screen & sometimes view changes are slow (horiz. to verical).hard to type fast on QWERTY layout.

This review is the subjective opinion of the user and not of PhoneDog.com