BlackBerry Storm 2 review

Can it fix the failings of the original Storm?

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As you can imagine the BlackBerry Storm 2 is jam-packed with all manner of technology for connecting to other people and networks - and all of it works as smoothly as you'd like too.

From the home screen you've got once click access to the communication manager, which lets you turn off everything from the mobile network to Bluetooth. It also lets you set up a new connection for a number of options (most notably Wi-Fi, which will play a big part in the evolution of the Storm range after it was left out of the first model).

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The way the Wi-Fi works on the Storm 2 makes a lot of people happy when they're using it, as it allows you to connect to your home network automatically when in range, transferring all the data services to this channel.

It's also necessary for the likes of the 7digital application, which only uses this method of streaming to bring you your music.

GPS is included in the box, and it's used with the Maps application. We found this a little bit basic to be honest, as when we were strolling around London we couldn't get a decent fix no matter how hard we tried - in the end we just downloaded Google Maps, but even that wasn't optimised for the Storm 2, with a pokey little window being used to see the whole map.

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Connectivity is well looked after on the Storm 2, and it gets even better when you take a look at the media and desktop software included with the phone. BlackBerry Desktop manager basically allows you to back up all your files to your computer to make sure they're safe if you lose the phone.

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Media Sync is one step beyond that in the fun stakes, whereby it reads your iTunes and Windows Media Player playlists and allows you to import them directly to the new device without the hassle of having to put it into mass storage mode every five seconds.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderVodafone
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyStorm2
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand Namevodafone
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product Model9520
Screen Size8.3 cm (3.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height112.5 mm
Width62 mm
Depth13.9 mm
Battery Standby Time280 Hour
ManufacturerVodafone Group
Product NameBlackBerry Storm2 9520 Smartphone (Locked)
Product LineStorm2
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number67750
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Love the big picture with the BlackBerry Storm2 9520 smartphone. Stay in touch using next generation SurePress technology. Connect quickly on a 3G network, and just about anywhere with Wi-Fi capabilities.