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  • The camera on this device is a 3.2mp effort, by today's standards that isn't a great deal, however pictures are quite clear, and the flash is very bright

    • by James Coburn
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      I recently aquired this phone, i traded my rather beaten HTC Hero for it about a week ago.

      After hearing people rave about blackberry for several years, and having never even touched one, i felt the bite of curiosity at my ankle, i had to try one out.

      There are many in the range, pretty much all offering the familiar qwerty keyboard layout, and being quite wide in the process.

      I opted for the storm, a touchscreen variant, this is simply because the last 4 or 5 phones i have owned have been touchscreen, and i relish the extra space given by not having a keypad, also i don’t (as many people seem to) find touchscreen keyboards annoying.

      So…. Onto the phone itself.

      Upon opening the box you are greeted by the handset, shiny and appealing. This model is Vodafone branded, but unlocked


      to any network.

      Underneath the first section is another box, featuring a very smart leather slip case, which has a built in magnet. this means every time the phone is slipped in it will automatically lock, or just dim the screen if you prefer. this appears to be commonplace within the range again, however on first impression it is a lovely touch.

      Turning the phone on at first i had a rather long wait, the initial bootup time was about 2 minutes…. although this is common i’ve been informed.

      Upon booting the phone shows the home screen, which can be customised to show 1-4 rows of 4 icons, depicting contacts, calendar, email, sms, options etc.

      The homescreen also shows a clock, the date, battery level, signal strength and how many messages etc you have recieved, but not yet read.

      The Storm is a ...


      • very complex phone to get your head around early on. It seems complicated, but within a few days it becomes second nature.

        The touchscreen system is unique, in that the screen itself clicks in, this gives the user feedback, and allows for more definite presses, which i liked. The screen can appear a little loose because of this, although that didn’t bother me at all.

        The battery life was fairly good. after connecting my Orange contract to the Blackberry internet service (usually £5 a month, but as i have a free bundle it cost me nothing) and maintaining an always-on internet connection i found the Berry was lasting around 24 hours before dying. During this time i was sending emails, sms, using the camera to photograph my kitten, listing to music in the shower (the speaker is very good) and

        generally fiddling with the device.

        If you buy one i highly reccomend a firmware upgrade, which speeds things up a notch. and there are several good applications you can buy to improve features, a google search will quickly point you in the right direction.

        The camera on this device is a 3.2mp effort, by today’s standards that isn’t a great deal, however pictures are quite clear, and the flash is very bright. you could definitely take pictures for facebook etc, and have decent shots.

        Overall I’m giving the device an 8. It could be better, the screen isn’t the MOST responsive, however it beats a lot of current devices.

        It comes with 1gb of internal memory, and takes Micro SD cards expandable up to 16gb.

        Give it a try if you want touchscreen and a smart, capable phone… you won’t regret it!




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