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Larry Welton
Apr 09
Larry Welton
Overall
1.8
Larry Welton

"Blackberry Storm - Your worst technology nightmare comes true."

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.


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