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BlackBerry Storm / Thunder / 9500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1222 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the sound and camera. The design and screen are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the price and apps.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Storm / Thunder / 9500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for BlackBerry Storm / Thunder / 9500

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 59 user reviews of BlackBerry Storm / Thunder / 9500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on Amazon.co.uk.

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58% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: RIM Blackberry Storm 9500 Mobile phoneBlackberry Storm 9500 Blackberry Storm 9500

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Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Storm / Thunder / 9500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 user reviews of BlackBerry Storm / Thunder / 9500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

usability, screen, portability, design, battery

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45% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry Storm 9500 Unlocked Phone with 3.15 MP Camera (Black)Blackberry Storm Desktop Charging Pod

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BlackBerry Storm 9500

 

The 9500 Storm is a well designed handset with an unconventional touch interface, but is all that enough?

Finally after the testing we can say - this is NOT the ‘Storm’ that killed the iPhone. RIM might have to try harder next time round to make a phenomenon like the iPhone bite the dust. Business will continue as usual, with or without the Storm. It’s...

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Spotted: hands-on with the BlackBerry Storm

 

Kevin Michaluk over at Crackberry gets a close and personal look at the BlackBerry Storm. A notable feature is the [...]

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BlackBerry Storm

 

The BlackBerry Storm looks smart, but leaves us with a few concerns.

Excellent battery life, Large, clear, sharp screen, Plenty of software for work and leisure, Integrated 3G/HSDPA and GPS

Lacks Wi-Fi, Engineering concerns regarding the screen, Accelerometer could be more reliable, SurePress system cannot handle fast text input

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BlackBerry Storm's clickable screen (and the rest of it) dissected, exposed

 

So you've read our extensive BlackBerry Storm review and, despite feeling disappointment about it not living up to the hype, can't help but wonder just what makes the thing tick click. While we were a bit too squeamish to rip one of ours apart and ...

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Blackberry Storm

 

Enough with all the buzz about “killing” the iPhone, already! Every smartphone has its merits, and not every company is out to steal Apple's thunder. For example: Nokia has the amazing N96 camera phone (and a forthcoming 5800 touch phone) and T-Mobile...

Good call quality; high quality camera; built-in GPS; great media compatibility

Cramped keyboard; typing is difficult; slow interface at times

Thumb-punching typists and those expecting an iPhone-caliber experience won

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BlackBerry Storm now available on Verizon

 

You've read the review, now Verizon's BlackBerry Storm is available for purchase for $200 on two-year contract. Really, what's left to say -- you're either ready to pull the trigger or not. [Thanks, JR] ...

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Looking for an iPhone Killer? Better Keep Looking

 

The BlackBerry Storm is a lot of things: It's the first touchscreen device ever made by RIM, it has a 3.2-MP camera and it features cut-and-paste tech. But then

Click screen is a revelation for touch-compatible devices. Converts iTunes to BlackBerry media without breaking a sweat. Included GSM card means the Storm is a true globetrotter — it can work in virtually any foreign port. Photos, video and text pop...

OS lag on a piece of hardware this gorgeous is unacceptable. Scrolling through menus is jagged, slow and pokey. Accelerometer sometimes takes a good 5 to 10 seconds to orient itself. Lack of WiFi is lame. Verizon’s totalitarian control over the Storm's...

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BlackBerry Storm - A Review of the BlackBerry Storm

 

A one-of-a-kind touch interface combined with strong data and voice performance make the Storm attractive, but sluggish performance and a mediocre keyboard dampen our enthusiasm.

Impressive clickable touchscreen, Good call quality and data performance, VZ Navigator works well, Loud speaker for music and calls, First Verizon Wireless phone with overseas 3G data support

Slow to reorient display, Buggy software, Difficult to type quickly without making errors, No Wi-Fi

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BlackBerry Storm (Verizon Wireless) Review

 

The BlackBerry Storm is an ambitious device, and we generally like the design and what RIM was attempting to accomplish with the interface. Plus, the GPS performance, call quality, and loud speaker are major pluses. But we're disappointed in the...

Impressive clickable touchscreen, , , Good call quality and data performance, , , VZ Navigator works well, , , Loud speaker for music and calls, , , First Verizon Wireless phone with overseas 3G data support

Slow to reorient display, , , Buggy software, , , Difficult to type quickly without making errors, , , No Wi-Fi

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BlackBerry Storm ( Verizon Wireless)

 

Editors' note: We have updated the review since its last publish date to include changes to features and performance after installing the BlackBerry OS version 4.7.0.148 released by Verizon Wireless on May 31, 2009.

The RIM BlackBerry Storm features an innovative touch screen that provides tactile feedback to confirm your selection. The Storm offers dual-mode functionality for world-roaming capabilities as well as EV-DO Rev. A and UMTS/HSDPA support. Other...

The Storm's SurePress touch-screen takes some acclimation and the onscreen keyboard is a bit cramped. The smartphone can still be sluggish even after the firmware update. Speakerphone quality was a bit choppy

The RIM BlackBerry Storm may blow in a frenzy for Verizon Wireless subscribers wanting a touch screen similar to the Apple iPhone. However, there are bugs and performance issues that prevent the Storm from delivering its full potential.

Product Specifications

Bring your BlackBerry Storm smartphone to life with the power of your touch. Browse, play, share, communicate and organize your world - all from your fingertips.

Battery

Capacity:1400mAh
Standby Time (PB):360hours
Talk Time (PB):330minutes/360minutes

Calculator

Type:Basic

CE Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touch sensitive screen/Touch sensitive screen

Cellular

Band:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)/WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player / GPS receiver
Integrated Components:Digital camera / Digital player / GPS receiver/Digital camera / Digital player / GPS receiver
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM
Type:BlackBerry / BlackBerry smartphone/BlackBerry smartphone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth/Bluetooth 2.0

Communicator Features

Operating System:BlackBerry Handheld Software

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:4.4in
Weight:5.5oz
Width:2.4in

Display

Color Depth:16-bit (65000 colors)
Diagonal Size:3.25in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.3cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD / microSDHC/microSDHC

Header

Manufacturer:Research In Motion
Model:9500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:BlackBerry Storm

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Organizer

Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes