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BlackBerry Storm 2 review

Can it fix the failings of the original Storm?

We're not sure what to make of the battery life on the Storm 2, as it fluctuates wildly between being rather good and very poor indeed.

We've come to the conclusion that heavy use of the SurePress touchscreen, along with a fair amount of web usage and three or so push email accounts will force the battery to drain more quickly than it should, especially when you consider it's a 1400mAh unit under the hood.

BlackBerry storm 2

But even at its lowest ebb you can still eke out a day's worth of use from the phone - it's just a lot less than the 270 hours of standby time quoted by the manufacturer in the spec sheet.

The organisational functions on the BlackBerry Storm 2 are also well thought out, with the calendar making use of Google and Facebook's functionality to become a naturally useful tool.

For instance, when you synchronise with Google Mail, the phone can also be set to pull down your calendar as well, making it easier to see what's going on.

Facebook is added in a similar way, mostly with people's birthdays added into the mix so you can tell when your pals are having a shindig, with or without you.

Plus, when you enter a contact into your address book there's an option to add a birthday on there as well, which pops up on the calendar then sends you reminders before the event - very useful for remembering birthdays, although you wouldn't want to do it for everyone you meet, as you'd be jam packed with birthday parties before you knew it.

BlackBerry storm 2

When you're constantly out and about, it's important to be able to organise yourself to know what the weather will be like in the next few hours (what if you turned up to a meeting with a super wet head because you didn't check?). Thankfully Weather Eye is developed for the BlackBerry range, so you can rest easy again knowing your weather needs are taken care of by RIM.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderVodafone
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.vodafone.com
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.