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BlackBerry Storm2 review

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Manufacturer: RIM (BlackBerry)

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The BlackBerry Storm 2 is a touchscreen smartphone aimed at the iPhone market.

The BlackBerry Storm 2 is RIM's second touchscreen smartphone aimed at the iPhone market. (Updated October 26 2009.)

Updated, January 7, 2010:

In October 2008, RIM launched a touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone that fell short of the iPhone beater it had hoped for.

It was too large and heavy and we weren't convinced by the way the screen physically shifted with our every touch.

We could see what RIM was trying to do - namely, create a touchscreen handset that gave something back in response - but the need to press hard to enter every character made typing slow going.

For the Storm2, RIM has rethought the unresponsive screen, adding sensor pads that recognise nuances of touch and offer a degree of affirmative feedback. Typing is therefore a little faster.

BlackBerry Storm 2 review

Overall, navigation is faster. And the Storm2's slightly smaller, lighter design, integrating hardware keys into the main 3.5in touchscreen area and losing the weird, rocking display, makes it less clunky to carry around than its predecessor.

The Storm2 offers intelligent, threaded communication, so you can see who and from which applications incoming messages and conversation threads originate.

Solid business communication and connections are the BlackBerry's bread and butter and, as always, these are top-notch.

Business credentials sorted, the Storm goes on to make the most of that generous screen with beautiful depth of colour and crisp display when playing videos and a media player that supports multiple music, photo and video formats.

The web browser remains a little off the superlative execution of the iPhone, but the Storm2 serves up the real web with acceptably fast load times.

The 3.2Mp camera has a flash and 5x zoom, and you can name photos as you save them or MMS them straight to friends.

Aside from the iPhone, the BlackBerries are the only smartphones to offer significant numbers of apps. There are already several hundred: some frivolous, and some functional. These are searchable and can be organised into folders out the way.

NEXT: Original full review.

BlackBerry Storm 2 Expert Verdict »

BlackBerry Storm 2 reviews verified by Reevoo

BlackBerry Storm 2Scores 7.2 out of 10 based on 88 reviews
Built-in GPS navigation
3.2-megapixel camera
PC synchronisation
Memory card slot
Vodafone Mobile Internet
MP3 player
Poly ring tones
Mobile TV compatible
Camera / Video
Flash or light
Alarm clock
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

We aren’t wholly enthused with the Storm 2 and are hoping for a sleeker, yet more tactile model to emerge that can truly rival the iPhone. Overall, the Storm2 is a solid business smartphone with some neat multimedia tricks and excellent communication credentials. Its touchscreen has been markedly improved, putting it on a par with most of the pack here, but the Bold is a better Smartphone and the HTC HD2 and Pre are more impressive overall.

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