My Blackberry Storm Review
So here we go. Let’s get this Blackberry Storm review underway. I’ve had the phone a few days now and spent hours tweaking it and trying to really figure out the system.
- 8GB microSDHC memory card expandable up to 32GB from the best report I could find, but the largest cards I could find online were 16GB for around $100
- Click Screen and visual indicator about what you are clicking before clicking
- Gorgeous 480×360 screen
- Rock Solid Blackberry OS
- 3G Network Speeds
- Handles Email like a champ
- Beautiful 3.2MP Camera (See a Flickr example) and Video Recorder
- Preconfigured Facebook, Flickr, Instant Messaging clients (Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Gtalk, AIM, Blackberry Messenger)
- Works as a tethered modem for your laptop (no more airports without WiFi!)
- You can swap out a dead battery
- NO Wi-Fi WTF
- Typing definitely not as fast as a regular keyboard, not a normal blackberry
- Rather steep learning curve. A few hours of playing is required.
- Minor delays in response time in programs from time to time.
Recommended Apps for the Blackberry Storm
- Google Mobile Apps – Specifically the Gmail, Maps and Sync for Calendar and Docs
- Opera Mini – This is a must install. It is a far superior mobile browser than the default Blackberry one.
- Tiny Twitter – The best Twitter Client I could find
- TwitterBerry – The other good Twitter Client for a Blackberry
- Some popular free Apps & Games
- Directory of Free RingTones
Blackberry Storm is the hands down the best phone on the Verizon Network and the Verizon Network, in my opinion, has the best wireless coverage in America. Therefore Blackberry Storm = Winner. It might not be an iPhone killer, but it holds it’s own. People will be comparing the Storm to the iPhone like they compare the XBox 360 to the PS3 or Windows to OSX. They each do 95% of the same thing just a little different and each have 5% exclusives. That is how I see this battle panning out in the long run.
Some might say the iPhone has a head start, but does it really? RIM and the Blackberry OS have been around for years and it already is integrated in corporate networks around the world. The iPhone does already have it’s App Store launched, but Blackberry is in the process of launching their own and they already have hundreds of software applications already that run on the Blackberry OS without the Store.
Bottom line it’s the best phone on the best wireless network.