Summary: The Storm2 excites me because it's genuinely a great product, it's proof that RIM can bridge the divide between "professional" and "multimedia," and perhaps most importantly, it's the company's first legitimate stab at the touchscreen market. Everything I love about the BlackBerry product, it has, along with everything I love about touchscreen devices (particularly, the iPhone - I hate to compare it, but it's true).
Excerpt: Almost one full year later, RIM and Verizon Wireless are at it again with the BlackBerry Storm2, their second attempt at a full touchscreen BlackBerry device. Despite the relatively strong sales numbers, reports of build quality problems, typing issues, and the like surfaced on the internet within moments of the device launching.
Conclusion: Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if the BlackBerry Storm 2 is a good phone or a bad one – hint: per the above, it’s an average performer at best – because it will appeal only to a narrow, captive constituency: Verizon BlackBerry users who don’t mind using a touchscreen keyboard. If you’re not a BlackBerry user and even remotely choosy though, take a pass. The reality is that you’re far better off with one of the vastly superior Droid smartphones instead.
Pros: BlackBerry with a touchscreen, Large, bright display, WiFi connectivity, Long battery life, Pre-installed 16 GB microSD card included
Cons: Annoying user interface, Slow Web connection, Below-average camera performance, Heavy, Poor voice quality at caller end
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...
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
Conclusion: Take two of the Storm is the real deal: the touch screen works well, the phone has more memory, a new OS and is altogether stable and less buggy than the original Storm. The large screen is a rare treat for the mainly QWERTY BlackBerry line and it makes web browsing, video playback and working with MS Office documents a pleasure.
Pros: Large display is easy on the eyes, SurePress much improved.
Excerpt: Research in Motion (RIM) has been working hard to bring its BlackBerry devices out of the boardroom and into the pockets of the masses. Built on a background of unrivalled email access, the company is waking up to the idea of maximising web browsing as well as audio and video performance.
Pros: Premium feel, great email service, easy and intuitive to use, App World is growing
Cons: Video performance is poor, audio and web browsing could be better, ‘SurePress’ control system is unconvinving