The Blackberry Storm

28 01 2010

Being a fan RIM (Research In Motion) and their series of Blackberry phones, when I learned of the Blackberry Storm, their first touch screen phone, I was naturally ecstatic. This faded, however, once I had purchased the phone. While I don’t want to completely hate it, as I do have to deal with the fact that I have a 2-year plan with it, it does have an assortment of problems that some people might not have the patience to deal with.

To start off its list of problems, it has a tendency to freeze. ALOT. And when I say a lot, I mean it. However, the upside to it is that it doesn’t freeze everyday. I’ve gone a week without it freezing once. However, there are also times where it freezes up more than 3 times a day. And how do you fix this freezing? You pull the battery, which then takes about a minute to power back on. This can be very frustrating, especially when your listening to music or texting with someone. I do believe that the freezing has to do with its lack of memory, as it doesn’t seem to have a lot of it, and if you want to use a lot of apps (like I do), then your going to have problems.

Another one of my bigger complaints is the virtual keyboard. My thumbs tend to hit other characters when typing, so I often have to go back and retype certain words. There is an auto-correct feature, but it doesn’t work very well when your trying to type out abbreviations for words that it doesn’t know. The learning curve is definitely huge on the keyboard, but once you get used to it you can type quickly and easily, except for of course said corrections in texts. A plus that is worth mentioning, however, is the fact that the keyboard clicks when you use it, so you know whether or not you hit a letter or an icon.

Now onto the good things about the phone. I definitely enjoy all of the apps that are available for it, and the Blackberry World is definitely an awesome thing to have. While it doesn’t compare to the iTunes store, it does have a lot of very useful apps. It’s also worth mentioning that you can have as many apps as you want running at the same time, save that you have enough memory to do that, which is something that the iPhone cannot do. The latest software update gave it an iPhone-like texting interface, making your texts into conversations instead of single texts sitting in your inbox, which I definitely welcomed with open arms. Another plus to it is its ability to play music, and with the included 8GB memory card, it definitely beats carrying around an iPod and your phone. The call clarity is superb as well, and I rarely ever have dropped calls, something that cannot be said about the iPhone. The built-in GPS works well and the bluetooth capabilities make it much easier for me to transfer songs from my computer to listen to. You can also make your own ringtones, as opposed to paying for them.

While the Blackberry Storm isn’t the iPhone killer that RIM and Verizon wanted it to be, it is a very well designed and usable phone. Even through the constant freezing I still find time to enjoy using it, and the large batter life works very well with my lifestyle of being out and about all the time. Add to it that you can use the internet almost anywhere with very fast loading speeds and you have a very nice phone. If I were to recommend it to someone, however, I would definitely tell them to buy the Storm 2, which was released recently and gave it a little more sleeker design along with an added Wi-Fi choice for the internet, 2GB of flash memory instead of 1GB and an included 16GB memory card.





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