BlackBerry Storm 2 review

Can it fix the failings of the original Storm?

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The BlackBerry Storm 2 is an odd phone to mark. When we first started using the phone, there were a number of problems (such as the dropping calls and fiddly to use interface) but these seemed to quickly melt away once we got used to the SurePress technology.

We liked

The sleek and weighty feel of the Storm 2 is that of a quality piece - the SurePress screen needs that around it. It's also busting to the seams with applications pre-installed, and a 2GB card isn't too shabby either. Texting is amazingly easy too, and it excels when actually trying to tap out a message thanks to the intuitive auto-correct.

We also liked the range of musical choice on the Storm2 - the 3.5mm headphone jack facilitated a much easier music experience through 7digital and Media Sync operations.

We disliked

If you haven't noticed by now, you haven't really been reading the article. The SurePress technology just doesn't work in our opinion, as we're not sure why users need this extra level of operability into the text input system. It strains your fingers after a while, it sometimes clicks when it's not supposed to, and it generally doesn't float our boat.

The OS lag at times made the screen hard to use, as it locked itself down thinking it was in sleep mode, which was annoying at times.

TechRadar verdict

We were impressed by the first Storm when we got it into test last year, but that opinion was quickly dismissed over time as we realised it's a lot harder to get used to the SurePress technology.

For that reason, the Storm 2 can't rival the iPhone or HTC Hero on our rankings - we liked it a lot more than we thought we would, but the SurePress technology just isn't for us.

We'll be interested to see what's next in store for the BlackBerry Storm range, as surely the touchscreen will likely be staying around in more devices for a while longer to expand the remit of RIM into the consumer space, but for now, we're not convinced that the Storm 2 is the phone to finally take the fight to Apple and Nokia.

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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.