BlackBerry Storm 2 review

Can it fix the failings of the original Storm?

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As you'd expect the media experience on the BlackBerry Storm 2 is pretty good, which is necessary as it's a very big reason as to why the phone is devoid of a QWERTY keypad.


The music player on the Storm 2 is pretty basic, but does the job with aplomb and pumps out your tunes the way you want them, which is all we can ask for in such a device.

The opening of the music player gives access to a well laid out list of songs by Artist, Album and even Genre, with a 'Shuffle Songs' option included so you can play your whole collection on a random loop.

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The interface for each song is nice too, with nothing more than necessary information displayed on the screen. This means nice and large album art, a touchscreen scrollbar to skip through the song and easy to press track management buttons, such as play, pause and shuffle.

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Another nice feature is the ability to click an artist's name and hold it down - doing this activates a search that brings up all other songs by said artist, which is neat if you have hundreds of songs on your BlackBerry Storm 2. The bundled 2GB card will hold a fair few, but we'd advise upgrading if you want a decent amount of videos on there too.

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Speaking of video, the movie player is similarly good when it comes to media on the BlackBerry Storm 2. In fact, it's better than good - we're impressed with how clear it looks on the HVGA screen, compared to smaller, more high-res options on the market, such as the LG Crystal.

There's not a huge amount more to say on the video player other than it does what you'd expect it would, ie play a large amount of video formats and size them easily to fit the screen nicely. It supports MPEG4, WMV, H.263 and H.264 formats, so you'll need to convert your AVI files to get them working on the phone.

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Having a 3.5mnm headphone jack helps enormously in this situation, as you don't have to worry about using an adaptor or Bluetooth headphones.

However, we did test out a pair of Jabra Halos, and while the Storm 2 did struggle to connect to them at first, once paired wireless music worked like a dream for both music and video.

There's sadly no FM radio on board as far as we can see, so this won't be the device you take to football with you to listen to the commentary while you watch your team lose time and again.

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

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