Pros Great touchscreen. Good interface. Intuitive. Easy setup. Gets the job done.
Cons No wifi. Touch screen (not for texting and emailing). Anemic Browser. Minor performance and bugs noted.
Summary Don't get this phone if:
You do a lot of typing i.e texting,email, web browsing, scrolling
Why? Touch screen ALWAYS loses to QWERTY keyboards
You work or live in an area with poor reception?
Why? No wife
You are not an early adopter.
Why? Minor performance and interface issues that will be corrected w/ storm 2.0
Get this phone if:
1. You do the occassional typing, some browsing, and are in need of a really good organizer (blackberry is the best)
2. You need a simple interface that is intuitive and easy to navigate.
3. You live and work in a verizon evdo friendly area both INDOORS AND OUTDOORS.
Overall, I would say it is a great phone. I do a lot of emails and txt so I am going to have to let it go...not for the phone's design or feature set because the philosophy of a touchscreen does not meld well with my need for a phone and email intensive client. I also work in an office w/ poor reception and my home has a little less than optimum reception...so....no wifi means I will suffer with an anemic data plan for my purposes.
Pros Great Screen
Great user interface
Cons No Wi-fi
Battery could be better
I have had this phone now for 14 days and let me set a few things straight. I have had the Iphone for months in the past and this phone beats it by miles. Apple made the iphone with the phone function least important and the music function important where as Blackberry have made the Storm the other way round (rightly so).
The Storm delivery great phone call quality and Email that is the best ever. The texting does take some time to get used to with the touch screen but it does come to you in the end. The camera quality is as good as any and much better that the Iphones camera. My onl;y big issue with this phone is the battery power as it only lasts a day when using the internet.
Alot of people seem to be upset about lack of WIFI and i agree on some levels but Vodafone contracts with this phone come with free internet acess so what is the problem.
Pros Looks great, has potential with other features. Great world capabilities
Cons Slowest most sluggish phone ever. Nearly ruined my day yesterday after buying it. Nothing good for my workflow.
Summary This phone is beyond slow and the keyboard is terrible. I cant tell you how many times i made typos and accidentally deleted my message. The phone is SO SLOW that anyone who thinks anything good is gonna happen to their workflow is out of their mind. It takes MINUTES longer to do simple things that i flew threw on even non QWERTY phones. I bought the phone at 9am yesterday and returned it at 9am today.
Why anyone would try and stick with a phone that absolutely SLOWS YOU DOWN i wouldnt understand. Especially use business minded people who bought the phone to keep ourselves organized and speed up the work day. The potential for a great phone is there but all i got was A LOT OF WASTED TIME.
This phone should have never been release with this version of the software. What the hell where they thinking?
Pros Call quality - excellent with my Jawbone 2
8 GB MicroSD card
Cons A little slow
Landscape mode keyboard a little cramped
Summary I am not one of the individuals who does have the Storm but is still writing a review. I have had the Storm now for 2 days and I have to say it is actually a pretty nice device. Yes, it is a little slow but it is acceptible for my uses. I also have to say the depending upon what I am typing I sometime prefer the Pearl style keyboard (Portrait) over the full keyboard. The full keyboard is nice for password entry but the prefer the larger Pearl style when typing emails and texts.Oh - It also does have video capture and a SIM Card so not sure what people are talking about.
I do also want to note that I did upgrade the core applications last night via my home PC and yes, there are also still some quirks that Blackberry needs to work out. A couple that I have noticed include:
Can modify profiles but doesn't pay attention to your changes - :-)
Can't get my iTunes music on the MicroSD card. (Not sure if this is a storm issue or a PocketMac/Missing Sync issue)
Updated on Nov 25, 2008
Updated on Nov 30, 2008Ok. Well I made it almost a week with the phone but I just can't see spending the 200 for a phone with as many bugs as this one has. I have updated the core applications via Blackberry's online software twice but still can't see sticking with it for the price.
For me the biggest annoyance was the profile bug. While I could edit the profiles, the software didn't recognize the changes.
And I have to say....watching the latest advertisements are laughable. There is no way the blackberry Storm is as fast as the advertisement depicts. They should have to remove the false advertising just like apple had to in Europe. It is blatant false advertising.
Don't get me wrong, I am still a blackberry fan but I am very disappointed in the lack of quality in this Storm product. I returned it for a Curve. Much faster and things work like they are supposed to. Also battery life is way way better.
Updated on Dec 1, 2008Oh, and one other item....the vibration mode on the Storm is extremely weak compared to other blackberrys. You can't even feel it when in a holster so pretty much useless.
Pros 1. Great screen - clear and easy to read
2. Love the click through touch screen
3. Blackberry OS and all that goes with it.
4. Email compatibility with multiple systems
5. Verizon Network!!
Cons 1. The clip on holster available on day one is worthless
2. The accelerometer is a little slow to react when moving from portrait to landscape and back.
Summary As a long time BB user I have been waiting for the Storm with much anticipation. I could not be more satisfied. BB has done it right with their first entry into the touch screen market. The phone is not perfect, but it meets or exceeds every one of my expectations. The complaints about difficulty using the keyboard are just silly. I have fat fingers and am able to type as fast or faster than I could on my QWRTY keyboard on my old BB phone. The speed for web access is awesome, and the clarity of images is incredible. The Verizon network is still the best in the US. I travel throughout the US and very seldom have any trouble connecting to the network. Where I do have trouble, I can't usually find a wi-fi hotspot either. So all the fuss about no wi-fi is just techy whining as far as I can tell.