Excerpt: A couple weeks back we got a sneak peek of the upcoming TELUS devices and one of them just happened to be the new BlackBerry Storm2 9550 that was officially released today . This is the second generation of the Storm and has some great improvements such as the addition of WiFi, improved SurePress technology and more memory.
Excerpt: TELUS released the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 yesterday and it’s puts the first generation of the Storm to shame. This is the device that RIM should have released first, but they took the feedback and make a device that’s more responsive and more productive. You’ll see in the video that we checked out the difference between this model and the original, compared it to other touchscreens that are on the market and tested out how the improved SurePress technology performs.
Summary: The BlackBerry Storm 2 is an improvement on RIM's last attempt at a touchscreen smart phone. Its clicking touchscreen should also be helpful for those who find normal touchscreen phones too fiddly. But, without a keyboard, its email prowess is slightly compromised, and other touchscreen phones offer slicker user interfaces that are more fun to use
Cons: On-screen keyboard isn't as well-designed as the physical BlackBerry keyboard; user interface is dull; Web browser is comparatively poor; apps can be expensive; heavy.
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).
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.
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.