Excerpt: Available from Verizon Wireless for $179.99, the BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry OS 5.0 has got a new SurePress “clickable” display technology and built-in Wi-Fi. Click here for the new BlackBerry Storm2 Review on SlashGear.
Excerpt: Research in Motion's first attempt at a touchscreen phone confused and disappointed us. The original Storm's clickable touchscreen didn't deliver a particualrly smooth experience and it didn't have Wi-Fi. RIM's latest touchscreen device, the Storm 2, boasts an improved screen and Wi-Fi so it should be better. We've been testing it out to see if RIM has done enough to win us over.
Conclusion: With all of the choices to choose from, it seems that RIM is going for three things at one time: 1. Power User|Crackberry Addict 2. Multimedia User 3. First Time Users. Which category does the Storm2 fit into? Number two obviously. Power users will take a look at the Storm2 and all of its beauty, but will go for the more suitable Bold instead. It is not to disrespect the Storm2, but people still don’t feel as if the Storm2 belongs in that category.
Conclusion: Compared to other touch screen devices on the market such as the iPhone and some of HTCs and Samsungs its certainly not as flashy to look at but that’s just the BlackBerry OS for you. The Storm2 does exactly what it says on the box but I just feel that its stuck in the middle between the for mentioned touch screen devices and the other BlackBerry devices with proper hardware keyboards. You really need to try before you buy with this one I think.
Excerpt: As the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed… that’s also apparently RIM’s moto. While they have launched new devices recently including this, the Storm 2, they don’t seem to be doing much in terms of design, just upgrading of specs here and there to beef up an existing device's appeal. You’ll hear no complaints, well not too many at least about that fact.
the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Black Cell Phone - Verizon Wireless
The BlackBerry Storm has come a long way in its second-generation form, though ultimately it might be too little too late.
There are other touchscreen devices that make compelling cases, such as the Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS, HTC offerings, and the upcoming Droid. Often these have development focused on utilizing all of the features the physical device has to offer.
Pros: Sharp, large screen, Sleek form factor, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash, video
Cons: Performance still lacks in some places, Difficult to type quickly and accurately, Poorer sound quality at loudest speakerphone levels
Summary: If there were a most improved award for smart phones, the BlackBerry Storm2 would win hands-down. The new touchscreen makes this device much easier to use than its predecessor, and the typing experience rivals or beats most other devices in its class. However, other smart phones still have better Web browsers, and the interface on this handset feels a bit stale when compared to the iPhone and such newer Android phones as the HTC Hero and Motorola Cliq.
Pros: Vastly improved touchscreen and typing experience, Faster overall performance, Speedier Web browsing, Good camera and camcorder
Cons: Somewhat dated interface, Still a bit bulky and heavy, Far fewer apps than iPhone or Android
RIM's touch-screen BlackBerry is back for a second round and the good news is that it's much better than its predecessor
Good Gear Guide.au
10 July 2010
Summary: Though still far from perfect, BlackBerry's Storm2 improves greatly on its ill-fated predecessor. BlackBerry addicts still won't appreciate the cramped touch-screen keyboard and the interface could do with a facelift, but the large display, the addition of Wi-Fi and improvements to the OS make it a decent effort.
Pros: Large display, portrait QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, much improved touch mechanism compared to original Storm, 3.5mm headphone jack
Cons: Haptic feedback can't be turned off, menu structure better suits a non-touch phone, keyboard will still be too cramped for some people