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Just how bad is the Blackberry Storm?

Reader Hugh spotted this Storm review on the MoMo Forums and sent it to me:

Volker Konietzko writes:

“I have recently upgraded from Curve to Storm and the experience has been devastating so far, partly because of the immature firmware. As far as the clickable screen is concerned, I was expecting more (also in terms of quality of the components), but it is possible to get used to it. The clickable screen is surprisingly useful for navigating through lists and menus as every choice has to be confirmed by a click – no wrong menu selection by accident. But this is also the biggest drawback – it is effectively a 2 step process, touch and click, which makes fast typing absolutely impossible.

I was quite used to taking meeting notes with a Blackberry – that’s simply not an option with the Storm… It really needs an additional keyboard. Hope this helps.”

I’ve been trying to find a link but failing that, here’s the link to Mobile Monday London.

Now, I’ve not seen the Storm up-close-and-personal yet, other than admiring the Pocketlint chap’s one whilst we took a tour around the Nokia Test Lab recently. What’s your view on the Storm?

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11 replies on “Just how bad is the Blackberry Storm?”

I got mine last week having been using a Nokia E51 with VF business email for the past few months. (I believe in one handset at a time please). The E51 kept me in touch as I needed to be was a lovely size and weight so all round did the job nicely……

The Storm has taken me some time to acclimatise to……it's my first Blackberry device and overall the usability and learning curve for the UI was simple enough….there are a few areas though that I did struggle with initially and do still find myself cursing each day….not enough to put me off but just enough for it not to be as user friendly as the E51.

My big bugbear is the way the screen constantly is swapping from portrait to landscape…….this is highly annoying as when I put my phone down flat on a counter it goes landscape, I then pick it up to make a call and have to wait a full 4-5 seconds for it to go portrait so that I can make a call………

Related to this when answering a call the screen refreshes very slowly so I often find myself saying hello to various parts of the phone trying to figure out whether the call is actually connected or not 🙁

I have only toyed around with the camere and media pieces and it does have to be said they are very good, the facebook app is nice and simple (and getting a lot of use!).

In short I woudl imagine that if you are a business user OR an enterprise looking to invest in a touchscreen device that does all the business things right, I don't think that you can go too wrong with this phone 🙂

I'm confused goodygoody2: nothing in the above review makes me any more likely to want one. Or did I miss something?

From the sound of it text entry and basic phone functions like calling are hampered. I'd say that on that basis, for a business/enterprise you CAN go too wrong with this phone 🙁

/m

I got mine last week having been using a Nokia E51 with VF business email for the past few months. (I believe in one handset at a time please). The E51 kept me in touch as I needed to be was a lovely size and weight so all round did the job nicely……

The Storm has taken me some time to acclimatise to……it's my first Blackberry device and overall the usability and learning curve for the UI was simple enough….there are a few areas though that I did struggle with initially and do still find myself cursing each day….not enough to put me off but just enough for it not to be as user friendly as the E51.

My big bugbear is the way the screen constantly is swapping from portrait to landscape…….this is highly annoying as when I put my phone down flat on a counter it goes landscape, I then pick it up to make a call and have to wait a full 4-5 seconds for it to go portrait so that I can make a call………

Related to this when answering a call the screen refreshes very slowly so I often find myself saying hello to various parts of the phone trying to figure out whether the call is actually connected or not 🙁

I have to agree with the above review that inputting text is a bit more labour intensive that I would like and were it my primary device for sending mail….I think I might eventually lose the plot too!!

I have only toyed around with the camere and media pieces and it does have to be said they are very good, the facebook app is nice and simple (and getting a lot of use!).

In short I would imagine that if you are a business user OR an enterprise looking to invest in a touchscreen device that does all the business things right, I don't think that you can go too wrong with this phone 🙂

I'm confused goodygoody2: nothing in the above review makes me any more likely to want one. Or did I miss something?

From the sound of it text entry and basic phone functions like calling are hampered. I'd say that on that basis, for a business/enterprise you CAN go too wrong with this phone 🙁

/m

Does all the business things right? There's a lot of business folk I
know who will not be impressed at having to wait for 5 seconds to make
a call.

I got mine last week having been using a Nokia E51 with VF business email for the past few months. (I believe in one handset at a time please). The E51 kept me in touch as I needed to be was a lovely size and weight so all round did the job nicely……

The Storm has taken me some time to acclimatise to……it's my first Blackberry device and overall the usability and learning curve for the UI was simple enough….there are a few areas though that I did struggle with initially and do still find myself cursing each day….not enough to put me off but just enough for it not to be as user friendly as the E51.

My big bugbear is the way the screen constantly is swapping from portrait to landscape…….this is highly annoying as when I put my phone down flat on a counter it goes landscape, I then pick it up to make a call and have to wait a full 4-5 seconds for it to go portrait so that I can make a call………

Related to this when answering a call the screen refreshes very slowly so I often find myself saying hello to various parts of the phone trying to figure out whether the call is actually connected or not 🙁

I have to agree with the above review that inputting text is a bit more labour intensive that I would like and were it my primary device for sending mail….I think I might eventually lose the plot too!!

I have only toyed around with the camere and media pieces and it does have to be said they are very good, the facebook app is nice and simple (and getting a lot of use!).

In short I would imagine that if you are a business user OR an enterprise looking to invest in a touchscreen device that does all the business things right, I don't think that you can go too wrong with this phone 🙂

I'm confused goodygoody2: nothing in the above review makes me any more likely to want one. Or did I miss something?

From the sound of it text entry and basic phone functions like calling are hampered. I'd say that on that basis, for a business/enterprise you CAN go too wrong with this phone 🙁

/m

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