We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
BlackBerry phones Reviews
15,669 Reviews

BlackBerry Storm2 review

From FREE on £34 a month 24-month contract

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 Scores 7.2 out of 10 based on 88 reviews
HSDPA
Built-in GPS navigation
3.2-megapixel camera
Touchscreen
3G/GPRS/WiFi/Triband/Quadband
Bluetooth
PC synchronisation
Memory card slot
Vodafone Mobile Internet
Email
Games
MP3 player
Poly ring tones
Mobile TV compatible
Camera / Video
Flash or light
Alarm clock
112x62x14mm
  • 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.

  • BlackBerry Tour 9630 review

    BlackBerry Tour 9630

    The Research in Motion BlackBerry Tour is RIM's new CDMA BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry Tour 9630 melds the best of the BlackBerry Bold and the BlackBerry Curve 8900 into one slick package.

  • BlackBerry Torch review

    BlackBerry Torch

    The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is RIM’s first touchscreen slider smartphone to carry the BlackBerry name.

  • BlackBerry Curve 8900 review

    BlackBerry Curve 8900

    Research In Motion came out with some brand-new BlackBerry handset designs last year that diverted attention from what it does best: make solid business smartphones for businesspeople. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 returns to the original remit, having picked up a few neat tricks along the way.

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8120

    RIM’s sleek-looking BlackBerry Pearl has been given a makeover, re-emerging as the much improved BlackBerry Pearl 8120. Click here for the full review

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320 preview

    BlackBerry Curve 9320 preview

    The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is RIM's latest budget smartphone. It should come with a low price and its battery will last you over a full day, but it offers no real upgrade over previous model Curve devices.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

Tomorrow's World today (or next year)

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite