BlackBerry Storm2 Review
In a nutshell: The Storm2 offers a touchscreen user interface
with a full virtual QWERTY keyboard together with powerful email, messaging
and internet access, plus a good range of office applications and an
organiser. In addition it includes a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
and flash, video recording, a media player, GPS navigation, WiFi, HSDPA
and expandable memory. A range of improvements make the Storm2 easier
to use than the original Storm, but the battery life is weak and some
users may not like the SurePress touchscreen technology.
Review: November 2009. Last updated February 2010.
The BlackBerry Storm was the first
touchscreen BlackBerry, and was a phone that could have been really
special. Unfortunately, it suffered from poor battery life, poor reception,
a tendency to freeze, and the way that the whole screen clicked when
you pressed it disconcerted quite a lot of people. So, one year on,
we're very keen to see the Storm2 and see what improvements have been
Well, the changes are quite subtle. Place the two devices next to each
other and it's hard to tell them apart. The size, weight and external
form is almost unchanged. The new Storm is slightly heavier even than
the original: at 160g it's one of the heaviest smartphones on the market.
One minor change is that the four buttons at the base of the screen
are now separated, so it's easier to hit the right button without any
mistakes. The screen is the same size as the original Storm - at 3.25
inches and a resolution of 480x360 pixels, it's a good screen - similar
to the iPhone but not as good as,
say the HTC Touch HD. One of the problems
with the original Storm was the way that that the whole screen moved
when you pressed it. While this provided a very definite feedback mechanism,
a lot of people didn't like this. The new Storm2 does the same thing,
but the mechanism has been improved with more sensors added. This makes
the screen more responsive and goes a long way to address the problem
of the original Storm. Some people may still not like it, however, so
we suggest that you try before you buy. The menus have been updated,
presumably in response to user feedback, and we think that overall the
user interface has been much improved.
The other main change is the addition of WiFi, which is very welcomed.
The Storm 2 can connect via wireless LAN, Bluetooth or USB, and also
comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and GPS. It's a quadband GSM phone
with 3G and HSPA too, so in terms of connectivity it really has every
base covered. The memory has been upgraded too, with 256 MB of flash
memory, 2GB embedded memory plus a microSD memory card slot, so again
there are no complaints on this score. Somewhat disappointingly however,
the Storm2 has the same battery as the Storm. And, with the addition
of WiFi the battery life is if anything even worse than the original.
Heavy users will need to recharge daily. This is definitely a weakness
of the phone.
As for the functions, the Storm2 doesn't really cut it as a high-end
consumer device, but it manages to put a tick in all the boxes. You'll
find a camera, video camera and media player here, but the camera isn't
going to rival anything from the Sony Ericsson Cyber-Shot range and
the music capabilities of the Storm2 won't make Apple very worried.
Still, the basic functionality is there for when you need it.
There's a useful range of applications supplied with the phone, including
an excellent organiser, office tools, the legendary BlackBerry wireless
email apps and a very good facebook app too. Others are available to
download from BlackBerry App World, but the range is nowhere near as
extensive as the apps available for the iPhone. Most business users
should be able to find what they need, however.
However, despite the improvements, it has become clear that RIM, the
makers of BlackBerry, have failed to address the really key problems
that beset the original Storm: dropping calls, freezing and poor battery
life. They're all still present in the Storm2, so sadly the phone must
get a thumbs down from us.
Features of the BlackBerry Storm 2 include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, image stabilisation
and 2x digital zoom
- Video recording (30fps)
- Display: Transmissive TFT LCD, 480 x 360 pixels, 65,000 colours,
3.25 inches, user selectable font size
- Media player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA ProPlus audio formats
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push
email with attachment viewer
- Built-in speakerphone
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo recorder
- MP3 ringtones with LED indicator and vibration alert
- GPS with BlackBerry Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Memory: 256 MB flash memory plus 2GB onboard memory plus microSD
memory card slot
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, USB, RIM wireless modem, 3.5mm
stereo headset port
- Internet: Web browser, GPRS, EDGE
- Size: 113 x 62 x 14 mm
- Weight: 160g
- Quadband GSM plus 3G HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
- Talktime: 5 hours
- Battery standby: 280 hours
BlackBerry Storm2 User Reviews
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Average rating from 105 reviews:
Reviewed by Stacey from Canada on 29th Apr 2012
This phone absolutely sucks!!! i have had troubles since day 1! first
it was my phone crashing then reloading and me having messages from
2008 on facebook that i later could not delete from my phone until it
crashed again.. Now if i make a phone call it dies in 5 minutes and
will reboot then die then reeboot and die etc..etc... i took it in and
it wasnt the battery its the phone itself and they will not give me
a replacement phone while they send it in.. can not wait till july and
im buying a iphone.. no more of this blackberry bs
Reviewed by linda from south africa on 18th Mar
I can't believe I am still paying a lot of money for this phone on my
contract! I experience everything I have read below. Freezing; call
dropping (nothing to do with pressure on my cheek); unresponsive or
erratically responsive keys; no operational sat nav; can barely get
online to browse so useless internet service; no cell phone banking;
cannot send business cards; random dialling - can't cut calls when this
happens; EXTREMELY frustrating. About three weeks ago it randomly dialled
a number at one am on a sunday night and I could not get it to stop,
couldn't get the battery out also. In desperation I threw it on the
ground. BUT the number ONE WORST has been the total lack of support
and understanding from the distributors, in my case Vodacom. Their attitude
has been "the phone sucks, too bad". Oh, and they don't know anyone
else besides me who has a problem with the phone.
Reviewed by Louisa from England on 2nd Feb 2012
its the worst phone ever :/
Reviewed by Dotun from Nigeria on 18th Jan 2012
One may get 1 good S2 in a thousand. I got a fair one after making warranty
claims, but couldn't escape the leaky battery problem. Generally, the
phone is a pig in a poke. From my experience and reviews, I have been
so traumatized that I spend each day hoping not to find surprises.
Reviewed by Martin from India on 22nd Dec 2011
Dont go for this even if given free
Reviewed by Ivan from Saudi Arabia on 11th Oct
the worst phone ive ever had. screen freezing, touch pad is not working
50% of the times...sometimes I cannot hung up the call...this phone
is really a nightmnare especially if used for work.
Reviewed by Abbie from England on 11th Sep 2011
I've had touchscreens before and they have been rubbish but this is
easy to use and doesnt go onto stuff i dont want it to like my others.
It has crashed 1 or 2 times, the wi-fi doesnt always work and icons
keep moving it's self. overall it's a pretty good phone :)
Reviewed by Alex from Kenya on 28th Aug 2011
I absolutely hate the phone. Bought it through Safaricom and had problems
from day one with the screen freezing every few hours. Took it back
and they advised me to go somewhere in Nairobi for a firmware upgrade...
I am on the latest firmware. This phone has convinced me to leave BB
for life. Sadly there is no 0 rating option
Reviewed by seif from RSA on 25th Jul 2011
Wow so I thought I was d only 1 with problems regarding this fone. Well
the thing that irritated me the most is this nonsense of resetting itself
all the time. Sadly u don't even know when it is on or off. I like the
functionality of the fone but the battery life is also a dread. Well
stuck with it now what to do. Bad investment
Reviewed by C from usa on 20th Jul 2011
The Storm2 is literally the biggest piece of junk. I would not recommend
this phone to anyone. If you are considering buying this phone, don't.
Just don't. 1. The touch screen freezes frequently. 2. The phone has
a tendency to shut off randomly for no apparent reason. Then, it takes
forever to reboot. 3. Now, when the phone does it's random shut off.
It never turns back on. The screen goes black, then there is an hour
glass. It begins the blackberry bootup welcome screen. It gets halfway
through then shuts off again, you get the hourglass, blackberry boot
up screen, dies again...and so on. The only way to stop this is to take
out the battery and then put it back in and charge the phone. If you
don't have a charger nearby, you cannot use the phone. The battery is
dead. Worst phone ever. I cannot state this enough!
Reviewed by anurag from united kingdom on 3rd
best phone of my life the keyboard is outstanding and the apps are just
more than all of the other blackberry models such as curve,bold,torch
but storm is the best. it got more specification people just lie about
this phone but it is better than i phone 4 which i had for 2 weeks than
Reviewed by Andy from uk on 27th Jun 2011
Ive just read some reviews of this phone on cnet and people are giving
it 4 and 5 stars!!!!! My god i got this phone through work and it is
utterly TERRIBLE in every way.My 1990 sony mars bar phone was better
than this.I honestly dont know what they were thinking, it is the worst
phone i have ever used. infact i will go as far as to say other than
for making a call its unusable.
Reviewed by Razman Rahim from Malaysia on 26th
Blackberry's worst design.
Reviewed by Waseem from Saudi Arabia on 31st May
The appearance of BB storm is so elegant that anyone would go for it,
but when it comes to usage i would say I am very disappointed by using
storm i will give "0" rating to this lousy thing. The makers should
think to give some replacement or refund to the users atleat to save
their goodwill. It is not a practical thing twice or thrice a day it
freezes even more, very bad in typing, touch system is very awfully
made and lot more drawbacks. RATING: 0/10
Reviewed by Theo C from RSA on 24th May 2011
After just over a year of use I can categorically state that this is
the worst phone I have ever been duped into buying. I can only fault
BB/RIM with a product that is profoundly poor. I cannot wait for the
the South African "Consumer Protection Act" to be brought online this
year, as it will finally protect citizens of South Africa from such
extremely poor products. I am very jealous of everyone on this site
that were able to return and even replace the phone for something else.
Localy vodaphone/vodacom will only "fix" the phone. What a joke. ZERO
Reviewed by Bobby Ball from Scotland on 12th May
NO STARS. Simply the worst phone i have had the misfortune to own. Anyone
who has it has been sold an absolute dog, I cannot believe anyone has
a good thing to say about this brick. I used and liked all my previous
Blackberries but it will take a long time for me to trust anything that
they (or RIM) manufacture again. iphone or HTC will be getting my companies
business for the forseeable future. The muppets that designed this are
very lucky if they are still in gainful employment. NO STARS.
Reviewed by D-Sweat from USA on 11th May 2011
I have to say for all the problems that many of you are having in the
UK, it is pretty much the same here in the US. My biggest problem with
this phone is the lag in the screen orientation. The constant switching
from portrait to landscape when you try to answer a call is too annoying
for words. Typing on it can be a nightmare simply because the phone
types what it wants. Not to mention that it doesn't know certain words
which you can find in any dictionary (not talking about profanity) yet
it knows how to spell AT&T and Bieber. The constant freezing and slow
restart time can really make a bad situation worse (Like being stuck
on the side of the road). This was easily the worst phone I have ever
owned. I will never buy another blackberry. Iphone and android are WAY
better. And marketshare doesn't lie here in the US.
Reviewed by John Hughes from UK on 3rd May 2011
I am most disappointed with the Storm 2 I bought last summer. It has
a major problem of range and suffers from nuisance dropouts. I make
my comparison based on 2/3 BB Pearls I use at work however my reseller
insists the Storm 2 has the same characteristics as other Storm 2s and
won't entertain exchanging for another item or a refund. Why isn't it
possible to hold Blackberry/RIM accountable?
Reviewed by Zim from UK on 16th Apr 2011
The longer I have to live with this phone the worse it gets - currently
does not ring for more than half a second - certainly not long enough
to answer the call. Calls emergeny services unless in blackberry case
- actually called by police for making nuisance calls!!!!! Also cannot
currently here caller - down to emails and texts as only means of communication.
Calls drop out, as described in other reviews on this website. Phone
shockingly bad - easily the worst phone I have ever had. 14 more days
and I can get rid of it. not a moment too soon. Shame the site does
not let you give it no stars.
Reviewed by roger lee from trinidad on 15th Feb
Purchase the BB Storm 2 approximately 5mths ago and have actually used
it for a total of 2-3 week as a result of the poor signal strength.
Once you are in an area where there is poor signal strength the phone
goes into SOS mode yet other brands (HTC) had full strength with out
any issues. This I my biggest peeve with the Storm 2.
Reviewed by Matty from England on 10th Feb 2011
This phone is good and does everything that you need it too.. but it
crashes all the time and when you restart them it takes abou7 4-5 mins
for the whole phone to reboot.. My speaker has also broke in mine after
only 4 weeks of use.. And the wi fi doesnt make the internet go any
faster at all. If anything it makes it slower. If it wasnt for it crashing
all the time it would be an ideal phone.
Reviewed by Googsie from Scotland on 7th Feb 2011
I have had the Storm and Storm 2 and never had an issue . The battery
life is an easy fix . Hold down the Blackberry key and it shows all
the apps which are open . There should only be 5 . If there are more
then close them properly . I can go 2 days without charging my phone
and this is with CONSTANT use . With regards all the other faults then
you can return it and cancel your contract under the Sale of Goods act
. All you need to keep stating is the goods are not fit for purpose
. There is nothing they can do but take it back .
Reviewed by Nath from England on 21st Jan 2011
I've owned one of these phones for a year now, and I've got to say it's
probably the worst thing I've ever purchased. The only notable difference
between the storm 2 and an inanimate brick is the lack of glitches one
would generally expect from the latter. It freezes, the screens click
mechanism locks continually meaning that its impossible to do anything
without a full battery reset, when the phone is "working" it's painfully
slow, the downloadable apps are basically less effective and yet more
expensive versions of those available for the htc range and the iphone,
the battery life is abysmal, the signal strength is terrible, the phone
has a habit of cutting off calls, freezing during calls so you can't
hang up it simply not making/receiving them in the first place, add
to this the jerky, lagging operating system and the phones tendency
to type what it wants to type, not the letters you're pushing onscreen,
and you have a phone that scores one star simply due to the fact there
isn't a zero stars option....
Reviewed by A.Pedley from UK on 11th Jan 2011
After 6 months i had changed the Storm 2 four times, (i have to say
O2 were great for this)On each phone, the call quality started off ok
but quickly deteriorated into a warble that resembled talking under
water at both ends of the call, rendering a conversation usless. Frequent
screen freeze ups, and unable to hanh up calls on two of the phones.
Usability of the phone was good, but the principle point of a mobile
phone is to make and recieve calls, and this was not possible, terrible
usless phone, O2 after much complaining kindly replaced the phone with
a Blackberry Torch, what a differance, absolutely briliant!!
Reviewed by Vkleczko from Mexico on 9th Jan 2011
The screen freezes often, either refusing to respond or displaying an
annoying wait/loading icon when trying to do even the most simple tasks
such as composing a text message. So far not too happy.
Reviewed by Jackie from England on 6th Jan 2011
i totally agree with everything said - it is without doubt the very
worst phone I have had - I cannot wait until the contract is up in April!!
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 22nd Dec 2010
What can I say that hasn't already been said here. This phone should
have been recalled. Drops calls, locks up, fails to answer, fails to
dial-usually due to touch screen locking for no reason. Never enable
bluetooth and GPS together as battery will die within minutes. If this
is what RIM produce in a second generation product then they need to
sack their development and test departments! But...when and this is
on very rare occasions, the phone behaves itself it is good to use,
even the surepress txt is good, once you master it. Oh..it's pretty
tough, as I have been trying to covertly break mine and it bounces pretty
well. Could have been a top phone, but it's a doorstop..Complete Pants
Reviewed by Ella from UK on 22nd Dec 2010
Worst phone I've ever had. I rather naively signed up to a two year
contract with it through T-Mobile and have hated it since about month
2 when I realised it was my phone that was the problem rather than everyone
else's when I would get voicemails when the handset hadn't rung or the
call would cut out halfway through. My boyfriend had the same phone
and we found our calls to each other wouldn't go through first time
- you'd usually have to call 3 or 4 times before it actually rang. He
sensibly lost his and is now on an old Samsung which is still rubbish
but better than the Storm 2! I can't get out of my contract with the
phone, and T-Mobile won't let me change handsets so I'm now considering
selling the handset to the Carphone Warehouse (they'll give me £75 for
it) and buying a Curve handset for about £150. Even if the internet's
slower I'm sure that phone won't make me want to smash it with a hammer.
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 14th Dec 2010
Worst phone I've ever owned. Problems are well documented - screen freezing,
can't hang up calls, disconnected calls, etc. Have had no help from
Vodafone; all they want to do is "repair" it and won't offer me a replacement,
even though I am willing to extend my contract to do so. I can just
imagine the eye rolling at the repair centre when another Storm comes
in with "can't hang up calls" as the fault. Vodafone need to accept
they were sold a dog by RIM and recall the handsets and offer a decent
replacement to those of us who got conned with these substandard phones.
Reviewed by Tom from USA on 25th Nov 2010
Needs a real processor. I think the Storm 2 could have should have but
missed the mark by leaps and bounds. The unit cannot hold many apps
although it has the memory to do so ( approximately 246 megabytes I
think) I have bought and installed many apps only to dump most of em
due to the processor/ram getting bogged down. The screen will begin
to lag when scrolling at times hesitate when sliding icons up and down
to search for apps. It has the ability to use a sim card which came
in handy as I decided to slip my T-Mobile card in and move down to simple
data plan. The phone cannot really be used as a phone or else you take
a chance on going deaf because of dropped call alert that wakes the
dead or at least shakes the tombstones in half the cemeteries in all
the lower 48! This tone may have made me deaf in one ear only time and
or my lawyer can tell. Although I have the latest updates it still has
the ability to make ya deaf and frustrate a person to the point of violence!
RIM cannot seem to get it together and so I bought a droid X. May RIM
rest in peace.....AMEN
Reviewed by Randonneur from England on 17th Nov
Had the phone for a few months and found it to be hopeless! Poor reception,
poor battery life, send a text and phone went into SOS mode for 5 minutes.
Badgered Vodafone who let me swap it for a Bold 9700. Got the Storm
unlocked and put in an old SIM card running on GSM only. Now no problems
with making/receiving calls or texting, and battery life is fine.At
least I've found a use for it instead of dropping it in the bin!
Reviewed by Rob Uprichard from Wales on 8th Nov
Yeah the Blackberry Storm 2 is a very poor. It seems this is largely
down to poor testing by RIM and the memory or processor management.
The clicky touch screen becomes unstable both during and after calls
which renders it useless. If I run a utility tool it begins working
again. I strongly advise anyone not to get this phone especially if
you are going to be stuck on a longterm contract like me.
Reviewed by Themba from South Africa on 8th Nov
The Battery life is the only design flaw that RIM did not take into
consideration. The surepress technology is a good innovation and you
need to get used to it. Nice Phone I like it.
Reviewed by george from france on 6th Nov 2010
I have a storm 2 as a company phone. Had other smartphones before such
as HTC's and BB bold and BB pearl before this one and very happy with
all of them them. However this has to be the worst phone i EVER had.
I can simply confirm all the complaints that other users have highlighted
below: freezing screen, dropping calls, painfully slow and imprecise
typing, etc. I can't believe it's a BB!!! What where they thinking!
Made me seriously wish I had gone for an iPhone instead and has seriously
affected my faith in BB products. The Storm 2 has great potential but
fails miserably to raise to the minimum acceptable standards for a mobile
phone, never mind a supposedly high-end smartphone. If you want to avoid
disappointment and frustration, please stay away!
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 9th Oct 2010
This is the worst phone I"ve ever had. It has lots of nice featutes
but it's way too unreliable - RIM"s management made a big mistake releasing
this phone. The biggest problem is that it ftrquently hangs when taking
or dropping calls. I've had to pull the battery several times to end
a call since none of the keys would respond. One star is too much for
it. If it were a car it would have been recalled long ago. A woeful
excuse for a phone.
Reviewed by will from uk on 1st Oct 2010
cant fault it
Reviewed by Arjan from UK on 30th Sep 2010
This phone does not adequately do what it is supposed to do - make and
receive calls. High call failure rate, drops calls all the time, distortion
from the earpiece - simply doesn't work as a phone. I can handle all
the other features such as email ok but RIM have got the basic fundamentals
wrong. What were they thinking? Did they not test the phone? Is there
no regulation saying that a phone should at least work as a phone? RIM
should recall all STORM 2 phones that don't work and adequately replace/compensate
Reviewed by Janet from UK on 29th Sep 2010
I actually feel like throwing it at a brick wall somedays...actually,
EVERYDAY. I cannot call ANYONE without it knocking off, either naturally
or because my face hits the end call. When my hands are full I should
be able to put my phone between my shoulder and my ear but with this,
no chance! Texting is so hard, that is if it actually lets you text.
I wouldn't recomend this to anyone, not even my worst enemy.
Reviewed by Caroline from USA on 27th Sep 2010
After using a Blackberry Curve for a year and a half, I decided to upgrade
to the Storm 2. I absolutely HATE this phone! Texting is a nightmare
as you can't type in a word without it trying to fill in the word for
you. Constantly having to backup/erase the word and then type it very
slowly. Have tried everything to correct this and have taken it in to
the store as well to no avail. Secondly, I inadvertently hang up on
people all of the time. The position of the disconnect button is right
next to where your chin is and I end up disconnecting people all of
the time. My husband got so frustrated that he stopped answering the
phone if he saw that it was me calling. Lastly, the earpiece on this
phone is horrible. The issue is when I am speaking on the phone, I hear
a buzzing noise as I speak the words. The person on the other end does
not hear it, but it makes having a conversation impossible. I have taken
back 2 phones already because of this and am getting ready to take back
the third, which I just got the week before last. I can't say enough
how horrible I think this phone is!
Reviewed by Chris from Germany on 15th Sep 2010
The Storm 2 is about the worst phone I've ever had. It was my first
and most certainly my last Blackberry device!! The list of problems
built into this phone couldn't have been longer and have been vividly
described and discussed here. Despite all its great features it seriously
lacks usability, which is partly also due to the immature surepress-technology.
Furthermore, the display does not come anywhere near Samsung Galaxy
S I9000, HTC Desire or alike. Communication also does not appear to
be RIMs strength for requests and error reports remain unanswered. What
bugs me most, however, that this phone for all its vices, is yet on
the market at all?? How can such a phone honestly and decently be sold
to customers? It sure seems as if it hasn't been tested at all - or
have the customers now become the testing ground for RIM? And if that
wasn't already enough, it lacks the technical features, i.e. the amount
of RAM, to run the new RIM OS 6. One might ask: What is RIM doing about
it? Well, the answer is not surprising: Ignoring customers complaints
and quitting support. Well done, RIM! ***ZERO Stars***
Reviewed by Sean from UK on 12th Sep 2010
Storm 2 earpiece problems. I wrote to rim and they dont reply. Here
is the letter I sent: - Dear Sir's, Just to let you know that your storm
2 has a problem with the earpiece (distortion & buzzing). I am on my
second storm. Looking on the WEB, I have found many others reporting
this problem. Some have had more than five phone replacements. Could
you please see that we the customers get a better quality & longer lasting,
robust earpiece speaker. Thank you. Sean.
Reviewed by reza from England on 12th Sep 2010
i'm using PDAs since 2004 started with Motorola a1000 so i know what
i'm talking about. this phone is worst i have ever had poor battery
life is a huge let down.screen freezing middle of your work.slow internet
connection. totally waste of time.i don't know how blackberry made a
name for itself?not compatible with huge smartphone market.back to HTC
tytn2. farewell blackberry
Reviewed by Nick Sanchez from UK on 25th Aug 2010
I am a patient person but this phone really took me to my limits! after
9 months of fighting with the thing I got rid of it. Sadly it just didnt
work, the phone is a huge let down, constantly freezing, double/triple
clicking, to be honest i could go on for a while here.... all in all,
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 24th Aug 2010
GPS usage - Dangerous, avoid if you need this. Phone - ok Texting/email
- no good as touchscreen is inaccurate/poor. If you are not dyslexic
this phone will transform you into a top quality dyslexic overnnight.
Camera - ok Media player - ok Its a shame. I have tried really hard
to be positive about this phone since my upgrade 4 months ago because
the features are in general good & this could have been a great phone.
I have lived with the very poor battery life (car charger helps, but
the storm2 doesnt get through the day ever and often lets me down when
i need it most), texting or emails are just too difficult due to the
less than adequate touchscreen keyboard - this causes dyslexic messages
being sent as i have lost patience editing all my messages and just
send them now. THE FINAL STRAW FOR ME IS THE GPS ISSUES. I needed GPS
as i always use my bbery for sat nav - the storm2 gps either struggles
to find a gps signal or drop regularly, leaving me in the lurch. This
gets dangerous on motorways as you fumble around trying to reset the
phone etc. have gone away with the family for a break this week and
from the beginning the sat nav did not work at all and caused so much
stress that i just stopped at halfords and bought a dedicated sat nav,
which I think was a life saving investmentas as i am pretty sure the
storm2 was going to be the death of me on a motorway. The phone is actually
quite good in essence - the media player is good enough, video camera
ok and camera does the job for a phone and unlike others i do not get
call-drop. Its also pretty good for surfing around and the wifi does
work on my unit. Its simply the touch screen/keyboard - it isnt good
enough at all and makes the phone useless. If they sorted this out and
stripped out the GPS or better still put a decent gps unit in, then
this phone for me would be a winner.
Reviewed by Michel from Netherlands on 19th Aug
What a piece of junk! Hangs at least once a day. Have to take out the
battery to get it back up again. Worst phone I had, ever! 1 star is
to much for this thing
Reviewed by Richard Hill from UK on 19th Aug 2010
I have had my Storm 2 for 3 months now and its the best phone I have
very had!! The calls NEVER drop out as people say, which I think is
because people forget its a touch screen and press the phone against
their cheek and end the call, as would an iPhone!!! Maybe all you Vodafone
users should switch to a phone operator that has phones that work!
Reviewed by Jonathon Staples from England on 15th
I think this phone comes in for a lot of unnecessary stick. It was the
hosts of negative reviews on this site and others that initially put
me off this phone, and I opted for the HTC Hero instead. However, I
eventually saw the Storm 2 going for £150 (used), and so I decided to
take the plunge and give it a go, and boy am I glad I did! The handset
itself looks brilliant and fits very well in the hand. Overall it is
a good size and weight, it's not uncomfortable to hold and can easily
be used with one hand. The chrome highlights in particular make the
handset look very handsome. The handset is quiet and unassuming, but
I like to think it gives of an air of being professional. Sure, it doesn't
look as fancy as the iPhone or the HTC Legend, nor as geeky as the HTC
Desire, but if you want something that looks professional and like it
means business, this is the handset for you. My Storm 2 has yet to drop
a single call. Admittedly the screen has temporarily "frozen" before,
but I would rather this happen than what happens on other handsets such
as the Hero, where all your key presses are processed after the system
unfreezes - in short, where the Hero would open a million menus or do
something I didn't want it to, the Storm 2 makes me wait, but this means
it won't go doing something I don't want it to. The screen has never
locked for anything more than 5 seconds or so, and it's usually been
my fault for leaving too many programs running in the background. It's
very easy to forget about apps. running in the background, but you can
easily close open programs by holding down the BlackBerry menu key -
a nice touch. Blackberry OS 5 by default does seem, aesthetically, a
little basic compared to other OSes such as Android, but this is easily
countered by downloading extra icons and themes from excellent sites
such as CrackBerry. All the basic functionality is there, and you get
extra benefits - such as unrivalled e-mail access, not to mention your
e-mails and instant messages enjoying automatic encryption. I am also
firmly in love with the SurePress technology. I have used Resistive
and Capacitative touch-screens before,and neither rivals SurePress.
With the others I often found myself making mistakes which would then
have to be erased, slowing me down. With SurePress, not only can I make
sure I'm hitting what I should be hitting, but the tactile response
is second-to-none. Who needs a buzz to register a response when you
get the satisfying feeling of a click instead? The media player is basic
but entirely functional. You can create playlists "on the fly", which
I like, and the phone supports MP3s, WMA and AAC (iTunes) files, it
plays any music I chuck at it. The external speaks is also excellent,
the sound quality is very good, and it goes loud enough for me to hear
in the shower, which is very welcome. The video player is a bit disappointing,
with limited support for DivX files, and this is the reason I give the
phone 4 stars and not 5. The camera is excellent. The flash is a little
underwhelming, and 3.2 megapixels isn't going to blow your socks off,
but at least my photos don't come out fuzzy/blurred like they did on
the Hero (And I imagine the new Galaxy S, which doesn't have a flash!).
The video recorder is ample enough for my needs, the video is recorded
at a good resolution for a phone, and is very fluid (again, videos from
the Hero seemed blocky and did not play smoothly). Sound is also captured
quite well. The videos are also a reasonable size, so can be uploaded
quickly and won't eat your memory card for breakfast. Which brings me
to my last point - memory. I don't like the way BlackBerrys have separate
memory for apps. and other files. That said, this phone has 256MB memory
for apps, and I've only used half of this so far. Admittedly, apps.
for the BlackBerry can be a bit lacklustre compared to their Android/iPhone
counterparts (for example I don't find the Google Maps app. to be quite
as good as that for Android). 2GB general phone memory will be enough
to get you going, but you'll probably want to expand that with a MicroSD
card. I'm using a 16GB card which is easily big enough for lots of music,
photos, videos etc. This phone will support up to a whopping 32GB card
though, so you won't have to worry memory space when putting your music
on here. One quick note about the battery - if I keep open apps. down
to a minimum and don't take calls, my handset will *easily* go 3 or
4 days without charging, and that's with using the media player, browser,
sending texts/e-mails/IMs etc. If you use the phone for talking a lot
you'll probably need to charge it daily. All in all an excellent phone,
and I seriously doubt I'll replace it until I see an Android phone or
new BlackBerry with SurePress, because I doubt I'll be happy going back
to a phone without it!
Reviewed by MJD from uk on 7th Aug 2010
Is this thing some sort of bad joke ?
Reviewed by James Ford from UK on 6th Aug 2010
Lets first make something clear, this phone is far far better than 2/5
stars. The screen is excellent and the menus are awesome camera is really
good and video capturing is easy there is no problem with browsing at
all and its a quick and easier affair the keypad/ screen does sometimes
mess up but is soon resolved with a restart but this happens rarely
(twice a month) 4/5 much better than iphone imo
Reviewed by jm from england on 5th Aug 2010
The worst phone I have ever used. Will not answer calls . Freezes up.
On screen keyboard is a nightmare. Just writing this short review on
storm 2 is very hard work. Avoid!
Reviewed by Debbie Strickland from UK on 4th Aug
Blackberry storm looks good . i like it but it freezes, will not diconnect
calls , fails to bring up keyboard during call it there is a menu to
go through with the call. this problem is ther on voicemail as well.
typing is difficult keyboard diffcult. battery too short. I also had
Nokia N95 10 x Better
Reviewed by Steve from UAE on 22nd Jul 2010
What phone? Can't answer calls, can't hung up calls, calls get dropped,
typing text is a chore, selecting text requires surgical precision,
I've had sneezes that lasted longer than the battery life (not really
- but you get my point... i'm waiting for a colleague to rub me the
wrong way and I'll gift wrap my storm 2 for their Christmas present.
Reviewed by Luke from UK on 20th Jul 2010
Total rubbish. I have a storm 2 as a company phone and I have had nothing
but trouble with it. Can't answer calls, can't end calls, screen locks,
calls disconnect when on a call. Most blackberry apps seem to be rubbish
Reviewed by Donna from UK on 15th Jul 2010
Same as everyone else - useless! My first smart phone and I hate it!
Going to buy a good old Nokia N95 - my face phone to date. Not as high
tech as others but at least I can phone people get a signal text take
decent pictures etc etc etc...........
Reviewed by Chris H from UK on 4th Jul 2010
I have tried as I might to learn to live with this phone now for three
months and I still think it's got to be the worst phone ever released.
Blackberry should offer a free exchange for all Storm2 ever sold. The
battery life is awful, I am not a heavy user, but to run out in less
than a day is awful. The reception quality is very poor, the only thing
I like about this phone(sic) is the GPS
Reviewed by mark rhoden from england on 29th Jun
blackberry storm 2 has got to be the worst phone ive ever had!! screen
locks, cant answer calls, cant end calls etc etc! terrible! if it were
a car ud be in court for selling faulty goods! today went into my vodafone
shop they told me it had been taken out of sale because its so poor!!
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 6th Jun 2010
Well, I am back to my trusty iphone after trying to use a storm 2 since
moving to vodafone from O2 at the start of the year. It is disappointing
as I like what the storm 2 offers over the iphone but the touchscreen
is shocking. It fails to detect finger touches at the correct point
at times which means typing a SMS or email is a very long drawn out
process, particularly in comparison to the iphone which seems to have
touch detection implemented to a fine art. Other than this issue, it
has been great but I moved back to a BB as they are supposed to be the
best for email and text based communication so greatly dissapointed
that it cannot match the iphone when it comes to simply detecting where
the screen is touched. This also manifests itself when using the browser
as it will select text and zoom at will - as if possessed! It seems
as if the touch detectiion is false registering a minimum of a second
touch on the screen - and yes I have ensured I am not touching the edge
with part of another finger. So it remains in draw and is updated each
time I am able to find new firmware - not always VFUK official though
- and hopefully it will become usable as a device in the very near future.
Advice - wait for the slider or go for a traditional BB with keyboard
or if you want a touchscreen look at the androids or the ubiquitous
Reviewed by - from - on 30th May 2010
Piece of pooh. I can honestly day their is nothing I like about this
phone. It has a lot of potential, but it falls short everywhere. I mean,
what's the point of a phone you can't phone on? You have 20 seconds
max before your phone cuts you off. And that's assuming the storm 2
hasn't hung while you where typing or simply trying to open your sun
menus. And the fact that its so expensive makes me feel raped when I
think that my contract is for two years. Pity I'm forced to give this
phone a minimum of one star
Reviewed by Zarah.k from England on 23rd May 2010
OMG!!!! please do not buy this phone it is just ***** Battery life was
awful sending a text was a mission just please do not buy it trust me
iv been on to my 3rd phone of the storm2 and im sick of giving it back
but then i bought the bold 9700 whch is BRILLIANT NO SERIOUSLY YOU HAVE
TO BUY IT!!!!!!!!! :D
Reviewed by Mark Edwards from UK on 24th Apr 2010
Have a Storm2 from t-mobile for 6 weeks. Initially liked it but unfortunately
my first analogue Cellnet mobile phone back in 1992 performed as a PHONE
better. All the bells and whistles are nice, but please do not forget
that the Storm2 is XXXXXXX phone RIM please. Have been offered an exchange
Storm2 by t-mobile, I have offered them me going to Vodafone. Does any
body have a tank that I can borrow to drive over my Storm2, do not want
any body to have to end up with this flawed genius.
Reviewed by Andy C from Wales on 22nd Apr 2010
Well I can top all your reviews...........I am on my eleventh (yes that's
right 11th) handset, I have had nothing but problems with this piece
of junk. I originally had a Storm 1 which went wrong seven times and
now I have a Storm 2, my fourth one......and I've deceided to just live
with it until my Vodafone contract runs out, at the moment the following
is wrong with it 1. It will not Charge 2. Drops calls after about 30
secs 3. Will not end calls without disconnecting the battery 4. Battery
lasts at best 8hrs 5. It gets very hot...I mean Very hot!!! 6. touchscreen
constantly freezes 7. Speaker on the phone doesnt work at all I could
go on and on......with all this currently wrong with it I am stil managing
to use it as I'm fed up with the replacements sent having a whole different
list of problems....as they say better the devil you know! In summation,
you need your head examined if you buy the B/B Storm2 as a phone its
about as much use as a sideboard...................
Reviewed by robb from United States on 16th Apr
Well i thhink the Storms is a great in consitering the surepress technology.
It realy gives you a good fill. But the batteray life dhould be long
like all the other blackberries. Overalle its a great phone and people
should consiter buying it. Im getting one next year. Im 12 years old
Reviewed by Caroline from UK on 11th Apr 2010
This phone is awful, I wouldnt recommend it to anyone. The screen constantly
freezes/locks, especially when you try to hang up a call or try to use
yhen screen in general. More often than not I have to take out the battery
to end a call. total piece of rubbish.
Reviewed by Simon from UK on 11th Apr 2010
Worst phone I have ever owned period.
Reviewed by Mel from USA on 8th Apr 2010
This is my first blackberry ever I went from a razor to the storm2.
I must admit I like all the bells & whistles but using it as a phone
itself to have a conversation with someone just dosent work out well
for me. Four weeks after getting my first one I had to take it back
& got a whole new one b/c the side button started to act stuipd it wouldnt
work & the camera was acting like it was asleep. Now I am on the second
storm2 & another month later phone calls are hard to hear on both ends,
it cuts in & out constantly even though I dont move an inch while on
the phone. The other day it just disconnected me three times all while
I was sitting in the same exact spot. Needless to say I'm heading back
into Verizon to see what the heck is up b/c I'm very upset. I may even
ask for an upgrade the Android or whatever it is b/c this is just stupid
& I paid a lot of money for it.
Reviewed by Victoria from UK on 18th Mar 2010
I have had a blackberry for 4+ years. The storm 2 is like something
from 10 years ago. It is so unrelaible and erratic. What is the square
time clock that appears raddomly all about? Most times I have to take
out the battery to get rid of it. The calls get cut off if I bring the
phone in contact with my head whilst talking. The screen sticks, or
goes black. The battery life is getting worse by the day. When I took
it to Vodaphone I was told to turn off the wifi to save the battery.
Ofcourse I've never been able to actually log on to a wifi hotspot anyway.
My last software upgrade last week caused a total wipe out of all informaion
and took 1 1/2 hrs. Fortunatley the backup had worked. The lock icon
disappeared as well. Sometimes the whole front screen seems to slip
so that the time display sits on top of the date. Then there's the design
flaws. 'l' is too close to return/delete so I either send texts too
early or end up deleting words. Any why does it get so hot when it's
n ot doing anything. I think it could be a fire hazard. I have tried
to persevere but after 3 + months I am at my wits end. Kept hopeing
the latest update would help... Vodaphone are offering a like for like
Reviewed by Ben B from England, UK. on 15th Mar
I have read all the bad reviews below, and can honestly say that I have
not had any problems or glitches with this phone. I got it as my upgrade
from t-mobile and I love it. It has never dropped calls, never frozen,
the battery life is really good and everything works perfectly. I have
had loads of phones in the past and I believe this to be the best I
have ever had. This is my 1st Blackberry and I have not found it hard
to use at all. I think the bad reviews below must be for a bad batch
of these as the one I have got from t-mobile is excellent. I would definitely
recommend this phone to anyone.
Reviewed by Sue from UK on 12th Mar 2010
This phone is not fit for purpose. The screen freezes and you cannot
answer calls. It is going to be returned under the Sale of Goods Act
(been back for repair three times in 2 months of owning it). I wouldn't
recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed by Ray from UK on 1st Mar 2010
I have had the Balckberry Storm 2 for 3 months now and to say ther are
a few issues with the whole package is a bit of an understatement!Issues
I have are 1. It randomly doesn't let you hang up calls to the point
that I have had to take the battery out to end the call! 2. Randomly
cuts you off mid call and keeps doing this till you reboot the phone
by taking out the battery and then restarting. 3. Battery life is poor,
even if you turn off bluetooth etc. 4. Touch screen locks/gets confused.
so much so that I have now learned that when it does do not touch it
for 30 seconds or so and it resets itself! Very helpfull if trying to
end a call!!!! 5. Minor point - if you use it as an alarm clock don't.
The snooze and dismiss buttons are so small, that when the alarm goes
off it takes a fair bit of eye-hand co-ordination to hit the correct
button...try doing that before 6.00am! Positive - email is good. The
reason why I bought this was that it looked liked a credible competitor
to the iphone. Now I am not a great fan of the iphone either but when
it comes to useability Blackberry have really fallen short of their
main competitor here. My advice...utill they sort out the useability
issues then don't bother with the Storm 2!
Reviewed by Siobhan from Scotland on 16th Feb
Fab for emails as far as a phone goes - after 20 secs the call ends...........I
have sent it back 3 times and had the same issue with every handset!!!!!
The screen also sticks and on occassion freezes - Dont buy as more hasstle
than it is worth - had for 3 months and awaiting my Iphone being delivered!
Reviewed by mr d from uk on 9th Feb 2010
i have had the bb storm 2 for over two months now and its rubbish. dont
buy it or as i have, got it on contract for 2 years. it freezes most
times, the battery life is about 4 hours when i look at it, if i use
it 1 hour at best. and it heats up even when its in my pocket. there
are some good app for it but only a few. the lag when you press a app
is rediculas. 5 seconds for mine. constant updates. anyway DONT GET
THE STORM 2
Reviewed by yoda from uk on 8th Feb 2010
honestly, i am a big fan of blackberry i had curve and bold !! they're
awesome!! but i got the Storm 2 last months and now i have had exchanged
this rubbish phone three time already oh dear calls dropping, touch
screen faulty, no signal, multiple click, Screen Locks Or Freezes After
A Call .....lots of problem!!! dont get it !!! believe me or get it
then try your experience ! ;)
Reviewed by Sanjay Kumar from INDIA on 5th Feb
What can I say now, All the defects I wanted to tell have been highlighted
by the other users. The Irritating of the most is the Freezing of the
screen. Once that happens no matter what you press or do simply will
not work at all. I literally removed all the 3rd party Apps from this
phone still the same problem persists, I am a Blackberry fan and always
supported their phones but this has gone beyond beyond. RIM has to be
penalized for duping and cheating people.
Reviewed by andrew from England on 3rd Feb 2010
Have had the storm two since it launched and words cannot describe how
poor this phone is. Since November I have been back to the shop twice.
Once to have the SIM changed as the old SIM died and secondly to have
they software rebooted as it died. Both incidents happened aftera a
long train journey and I suspect that the constant loss of signal had
an effect on the handset. In addition to these problems 1) How to you
hang up when you have finished a call? The screen freezes and I have
to pull the battery out 2) QWERTY keyboard option is not useable due
to the size of the keys 3) The touch screen makes too much noise and
is irritating to people who sit near you when you are typing out a long
email 4) The handset has an incredible knack of unlocking itself 5)
Blackberry do not offer a decent range of "apps" for the product 6)
Battery life is horrendous and if you actively use it for emails (50
per day) then thats your battery gone I now use it solely for emails
and have a Nokia classic to make calls on. The nokia is fantastic as
it has a battery that lasts and enables you to hang up on calls after
you have finished them which I don't think is too much to ask for a
phone Vodafone should offer to recall all handsets as most users are
tied into a 2 year contract. I will be amazed if the Blackberry Storm
2 last longer than 6 months
Reviewed by E.Joubert from SouthAfrica on 25th
This phone has push screen issues, freezes with most 3rd party apps
and just try and end a call, you can't. I'd give it no stars if possible.
Needles to say I have not tried another storm2 handset, nor would I
bother. First impressions last longest, unfortunately.
Reviewed by R JONES from Wales UK on 23rd Jan
Did not like this phone at first but it is growing on me. I have experienced
some call dropping but not much. This is my first high end ( or there
abouts ) phone and I find it fine. I think people are possibly expecting
it to be too much like th iphone. As for people saying the battery lasts
half a day if you follow the 5 step guide to pro longing battery life
by switching stuff off u dont always need it lasts MUCH longer. Its
not amazing, but its ok.
Reviewed by landon from uk on 20th Jan 2010
very good phone not hard to use. worth the money
Reviewed by jane from uk on 14th Jan 2010
would love my bb storm 2 - if it actually did what it's meant to. Looks
great, loads of functionality but battery barely lasts half a day and
the constantly dropped calls are driving me insane. At wit's end....!
Reviewed by james from uk on 13th Jan 2010
when i first got the storm 2 i think i had one problem with it were
the call dropped after a couple of seconds with a hard reset of the
phone this fixed the issue no problem. the screen is nice and bright
all text is very clear the camera and video are not the best but i think
all the other features on the phone compensate for that. alot of people
say the iphone is better than the storm 2 and many other phones to be
exact but personally i think the iphone is just a fasion accessory if
you want a phone which has all the bells and whistles then i would choose
the blackberry. internet and emails are very fast only had the phone
a week and know that i am not going to have any further problems
Reviewed by Mo from UK on 8th Jan 2010
This is the second worse phone I've ever had...the first being the Storm
1 (I was eventually given a free upgrade to the Storm 2 by Vodafone
after all the problems I was experiencing with the first Storm). RIM
have learnt nothing, nearly all the problems with the first handset
are present in this latest abonimation, most importantly the call dropping,
OS freezing and non-existent signal. I've just called Vodafone Customer
Services to log my latest complaint and was informed by a manager that
VODAFONE ARE DISCONTINUING THE STORM 2 in the very near future (as soon
as existing stock is depleted). The handset isn't even 3 months old
yet - says it all really.
Reviewed by Kevin Houston from UK on 5th Jan 2010
Reviewed by caz smiley from United Kingdom on
1st Jan 2010
Im now onto my second storm 2 within a 2 week period and have to say
for all i love it, i am having to return this again, as it keeps freezing
and being unable to send text messages same problem as the last phone
Not a good start to using blackberry hoping to change to the bold 9700
The reception is also extremelly bad even though apparantly the network
is a very good area ?! as a result of this the internet will not connect
due to low reception
Reviewed by Jeff from UK on 24th Dec 2009
I got a mate with this phone and he hates it. I tried it out and tried
calling with it and it kept dropping. Apart from that its not bad, but
then i didnt do much with it. IMO i wouldn't buy it.
Reviewed by Jon.S from UK on 23rd Dec 2009
This phone is absolutely hopeless. I say that as a mobile phone user
for over ten years, with a mobile phone being vital for my work. The
touch screen is very error prone, and I find it impossible to type any
word without making a few errors each time. I take 4-5 goes each time
entering my password to unlock the screen, unless I try type exceptionally
slowly, in which case it's still rarely correct first time. Make an
error, and try and delete the mistake, the enter button is right under
the back space button so you sometimes enter the incorrect password.
No wonder the unit gives you TEN attempts. The phone has a sensor to
align the screen in portrait or landscape format but there is an annoying
delay of 1-2 seconds. Just give us a button to switch will you?! Speaking
of buttons, the menus/buttons are also annoying. There is a "back" button
on the front, but it doesn't always back you out depending what menu
you are in. I have been mired in options before, selecting the wrong
ones half the time due to the touch screen issues, had enough and tried
to back out only to find it won't let me. This is the worst phone I
have ever had. It's never used, and sits on desk at work as a paperweight.
I use my own phone to call suppliers, contacts, and workmates. I am
going to ask for a change of phone from the provider. They have initially
said they won't swap it (after 4 weeks, outside the 14 days) but I will
return it time after time for the entire length of the contract whilst
they give me a loan phone if need be.
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 21st Dec 2009
I've had the Storm 2 for five days now and have just arranged for it
to be returned. My old phone had signal coverage, this the Storm had
none, the wi-fi conectivity is miniam and by even just going upstairs
the signal dropped. my wife has the iphone and in comparison performance
wise, it is like having something from the nineties slow and poor I
am more annoyed with the guy in the shop who talked the talk but delivered
Reviewed by GaryH from Uk on 16th Dec 2009
Must agree, Calls drop all the time - 6 times in 2 mins the other day.
poor reception, lost business. Shame because the idea is great with
the calendar being a great way for office to organise work and sync.
I have even changed sim card with no effect.
Reviewed by ChrisD from UK on 14th Dec 2009
Had the Storm 2 for 5 days...I honestly gave it every chance as i really
liked everything about it...apart from not being able to make/receive
any calls! I'd estimate i had a 90% call failure rate. Yes it could
have been a faulty handset but judging from other users feedback, methinks
it could be a wider issue and as the end of my 7 day return policy with
vodafone was looming - decided to bail out and opt for the new Bold
7000. As a gadget - five stars. As a phone - zero. Save yourself the
heartache and avoid.
Reviewed by davey boy from salisbury on 7th Dec
RUBBISH, SOLD THE PHONE ON EBAY AFTER 1 DAYS USE, LUCKY TO SELL AND
ONLY LOST £70 PHEW.
Reviewed by joe from uk on 5th Dec 2009
I just brought this phone. call quality is bad, most of the time keys
don't work, call drop etc. I wonder how people have given 5 star. i
will suggest never buy a touch phones from blackberry, they have no
idea how to make one.
Reviewed by Jo from UK on 1st Dec 2009
I have the orginal Blackberry Storm and LOVE it, my husband feels sidelined
now!I have had it since 24 Dec 2008 and I have never had a problem with
it at all. I have dowloaded apps to it I use facebook and emails on
it all the time, this is the best phone I have ever owned. I think there
must have been a batch at the beginning that had problems but I cannot
fault mine. Friends have IPhone but one has had lots of trouble the
other no problems again I think its personal preference, and mine provided
excellent contact on recent stay in hospital, I was able to keep in
touch by text, phoning, facebook and emails. I cant see me upgrading
to Storm 2 whilst mine works but wouldnt be able to go back to any other
kind of phone now.... Would recommend anytime.
Reviewed by Attiq Malik from Pakistan on 25th
Really bad phone. Call dropping/voice fading is a huge issue on Storm2.
I will return it very soon. The Quality Assurance guys @ RIM need to
Reviewed by chris from england on 24th Nov 2009
expanding on 'oh dear', the phone was perfect for at least 4 days after
getting it on vodafone. however it took a turn for the worse, the phone
crashed and nothing at all would help it except to simply leave it to
sort itself out. my blackberry storm also had a sense of humour, as
it liked to randomly call people from my las dialled list, it would
have been a good joke if i could disconnect the call without taking
the battery out. there were several other issues with slow response,
freezing, and above all with all those minutes i got on my contract
each phone call was limited to around 20 seconds as it would hang the
call up for me. i had three storm 2's and became impatient of waiting
for a 'software update' so now have a sony ericsson satio.
Reviewed by Charlie from UK on 19th Nov 2009
The Storm 1 is the worst phone I have ever had. One review stated it
was "virtually unusable" and I agree with that. I have found Vodafone
incredibly unhelpful and difficult to access, compounding my dissatisfaction.
Complaints directly to RIM were not followed up. I have been a blackberry
user for nearly 10 years (having lived in the US). The keyboard is the
biggest issue, even in horizontal mode, when it gets there, my 12 year
old daughter with slim fingers can't type effectively - she can text
faster on a numeric keypad! This their worst product by a country mile,
your reviews are far too gentle, perhaps you are worried about ad revenues.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
19th Nov 2009
Your review is NOT a review of the Storm2, so we would normally not
have published it. However, we want to respond to your criticism of
our editorial independence. I think that in our review we have drawn
attention to the issues of the user interface and the problems that
beset the original Storm. Our objective is always to avoid bias and
to help people to choose the best phone for them. If you want to see
just how "ungentle" we can be in our reviews, I suggest that
you read our reviews of the Motorola Aura
or the Sony Ericsson P990i for
Reviewed by Taxi man from england on 19th Nov
we Taxi men like our gadgets well first impressions first Blackberry
Nice bit of kit received two emails as soon as connected i like this
simple solution of not running to computer to check mail.i an 50+ as
much as iphone has appeal i just want working tool it works well with
my mac with calendar and contracts email set up easy my impression is
how did i manage with out it connects to my Prius Bluetooth i am impressed
thank you To Blackberry for my phone yours Taxi man
Reviewed by Steve from England on 18th Nov 2009
Upgraded to the Storm 2 from N95 8GB. Hugely impressed and more than
happy this will be my phone for the next 2 years. Had no problems with
dropped calls, signal or touchscreen. It is everything I wanted from
my new phone. Camera and Video camera both excellent, as good as my
old N95 camera as far as I am concerned.
Reviewed by chris from england on 14th Nov 2009
Reply by Sarah from England on 17th
Chris what does "oh dear mean?" Not very helpful!
Reply by Ron from England on 17th
Chris - this is a review site. "oh dear!" doesn't quite qualify. Would
you care to expand?
Reviewed by Martin from United Kingdom on 11th
Looking at this and need to decide between this and the new 9700 Bold.
My son had the Storm last year and never had any issues after the initial
firmware update and has done so as soon as soon as others were released.
I agree that this looks to be the phone the first should have been.
This an area that Rim could exploit well if done correctly. The specs
on the phone look good and on demo in store it responds very well. To
Ian I would state that the Iphone too is not without problems and the
3gs version does have known dropped call problems. Dependent upon my
choice will provide further info later
Reviewed by dave from eengland on 11th Nov 2009
i think its good
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 11th Nov 2009
Ian, not a very informative review, maybe you could let us know where
the flood is located so we can read up on the problems you’ve
listed. On the plus side, at least you didn’t go for the classic
“It’s not as good as the iPhone” one liner??
Reply by Ian from UK on 16th Nov 2009
Paul, head over to the Vodafone Blackberry Storm 2 forum, you'll find
all the info there. BTW, I don't have an iPhone so I wouldn't know!
Reviewed by Ian from UK on 8th Nov 2009
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Oh dear, reports are starting to flood in re bad call quality, dropped
calls, clickscreen issues, fluctuating signal - all the problems that
the Storm 1 had. Rubbish.