11-23-2008 09:22 PM
11-23-2008 09:58 PM
I purchased my CURVE 2 months ago and this is my first blackberry. (had a treo in the past). I was trying to decide how I could go about gettin the STORM, but after reading all these posts, think I will wait!
11-23-2008 10:25 PM
11-24-2008 02:45 AM
I bought the Storm Saturday.
I went to return it today. I have had a 7100t about three years ago, and if it was a touch screen I would still be using it today.
Problems in order:
1) Serious lag between portrait and landscape - sometimes greater than 10 seconds.
2) Editing text in a field is impossible unless your fingers are heated stylus points and see-through. If you try to edit in a text field, like in the crappy browser, if you follow directions, the highlight turns into a box. Now you are supposed to swipe left to move it. Instead, the entore field goes left.
3) Click on a page or interaction button on a page to accept or do somthing and it regularly zooms in instead.
4) It can take up to 15 presses on the screen before the snooze button even thinks that it is being pressed.
5) The least intuitive phone I have ever tried, and I though that Windows Mobile was bad. Try finding bluetooth if you are new athe Blackberry's. In setup, there is a bluetooth routine, but instead of guiding you to the way to turn it on, it just tells you that it is disabled. It took me a bit before I finally pressed one of the real buttons on the phone to get the menu that had the "turn bluetooth on" portion.
6) Entering text is absolutely difficult. The accuracy of the screen is about where a BETA test unit would be. I press on one key and get something else, only having to start the whole dang routine over to get what I need. How wasteful is that?
7) Try finding the "-" in portrait and then in landscape modes. In one mode it is on the Numeric and the other it is on Symbol. this kind of inconsistencies tells me that they have not really field tested the unit. This applies to many of the other common symbols.
8) There are no direction keys where you need it most: editing text. They do show up in going up and down the list of emails.
9) No flash.
10) No pdf viewer.
11) Random duplicates after using the wizard to move data from my Mogul.
12) Fatal Error when using the website (RIM's) to update and check for new software. Without Fail.
13) Bluetooth stack is poor when connected to a Jawbone that works perfectly fine with three other phones. Lots of static.
14) Even when the power is off, the phone will beep if accidentally pressed. I tried keeping the settings on for the beep so I would have audible confirmation when pressing the whacko screen.
15) Phone is unusable when connected to the computer.
16) Total inconsistencies with software. In one application, the accept key is buried in the menu key versus having to scroll 10 times to get to the bottom where the accept key usually is.
17) POSITIVE: The Blackberry syncing is far superior to Activesync, which never fails to produce error messages that only someone in another parallel dimension could figure out how to solve.
18) It was a great education on what happens when you rush something out the door.
11-24-2008 10:05 AM
11-24-2008 10:29 AM
VJBILLW: In regards to your question about your contract.... I spoke with Jeanine at the Verizon call center Saturday night and she said that the two-year contract is "connected" to the phone. So, if I return the phone, then the contract would be voided, as well. I have 30 days to try it so I'm going to try to hang in there with it for at least a couple weeks and see if it gets better with the update, etc.
At the bottom of my receipt it offers an option to get a DIFFERENT phone and stay with the Verizon system.
I am not sure if this is CA specific or not.
Verizon is having a major panic attack this morning. Many of us are VERY unhappy with the Storm in the condition it is in. About 2/3 are getting returned before the day is out and I have not seen one update yet.
I cannot transfer running my business to it - I took the whole weekend to try it out and get it ready for a launch today - when it does not operate the way it was advertised. In my business I cannot AFFORD to be out of touch one day which is why I am leaving Sprint, and why I spent 20 of 26 hours trying to get the phone to work as promised.
11-24-2008 08:51 PM
I used to be able to funtion with my Tmobile Balckberry Curve, I changed over to Verizon and signed up for the BlackBerry Storm, if they dont fix this POC OS soon they are going to see a STORM of returns. I am wasting alot of time screwing around with basic things i.e. landscape mode side keys do not accurately depress when selected, lockups, one time the alhpabet screen typed numbers and numbers screen typed alpha characters.
Oh wait here comes an OS update detected through desktop manager -
Click on update
Previuous OS 184.108.40.206
Finished after 30 minutes
Oh itss 220.127.116.11 again after the update was complete
Platform changed from 18.104.22.168 to 4.0.82
we will see what this does.
I will give it unitl Decemberr 5th before I return this and go back to the old model.
11-24-2008 11:02 PM - edited 11-24-2008 11:09 PM
My favorite line, that sums it up flawlessly is x12's: "If they dont fix this POC OS soon they are going to see a STORM of returns!"
After a business day of dealing with the Storm, I returned mine tonight; GOD IT FELT GOOD. I gave this thing SO MANY CHANCES, and I tried.. hell if I didn't TRY. I can't deal with the bugs, which I'll admit can be fixed by software updates, but more than that, there are hardware issues no software revisions will fix; this thing needs a hardware revision.
My last straw was today, driving. It is IMPOSSIBLE to "type on the fly", and make of that what you will ;-). But what REALLY cinched it was when I realized YOU CANNOT WEAR SUNGLASSES AND USE THE STORM! Hold it in its portrait orientation, picture looks fine. Hold it in panoramic/landscape, and best of luck, the screen goes completely black. Great use of polarization, RIM!
So take the $hitty touchscreen functionality, the shortest battery life imaginable, endless lock-ups, an occasional snowstorm of various colored pixels, a slow camera that typically takes blurry photos, an alarm clock that refuses to shut off when all you're trying to do is avoid waking the entire house as you furiously hammer at the buttons on-screen which are entirely non-responsive, and an unexplained reboot every two hours or so, and you've got a recipe for a stroke or heart attack!
One CANNOT be expected to transition into this phone if they receive emails on it and would like to use the phone to respond to them. If you use your phone for business, go to an 8800 or an 8300.
RUN, do not walk, away from the Storm.
As for me and my house, we serve the Curve.
11-25-2008 12:19 AM