12-17-2008 04:28 PM
I've had mine since 9:30 the day of launch. I installed the OS upgrade which made a huge difference, and overall I like the phone but there have been some issues.
Let's start with the POSITIVE
1. Superb screen - better than the iPhone
2. I find it easy to type with
3. Media player is very good
4. Voice sound quality is fanastic
5. Camera is very good and having video capabilities is great
6. Not to state the obvious; but Blackberry e-mail!
Now the NEGATIVE
1. Although I find typing easy, making corrections is another subject. Replacing a letter or inserting a word is a hassle
2. Slow... Everything is slow; rotating the screen, going between applications, opening applications. Too slow for a phone with this degree of technology in my opinion
3. Screen rotation does not work very well and usually requires the phone to be nearly vertical to function properly.
4. Bluetooth doesn't sound as good as some other phones.
5. No SENT items folder
6. Doesn't smoothly sync with a Mac
7. It's not an iPhone.
Now - I'm not a crazy Mac guy (although I do use a Mac) when I say it's not an iPhone. The iPhone has had 2 years to improve and get better where RIM has had 3 weeks with their touch-screen phone in the market. I think all the negatives I listed above could be fixed with software updates, and when RIM opens thier App store there should be a lot more "tweaking" that we could do to the phone.
If the iPhone was available on Verizon would I get it over the Storm; probably. That being said; any complaint I have with the Storm is nothing to the complaints I would have using AT&T.
12-17-2008 06:04 PM
CrackBerry has an excellent compilation of tips and tricks. One that
I really liked on first reading: get into landscape orientation and
touch the text you want to change, but do not tap or click. After
a few seconds the solid cursor will change into an empty rectangle
that can be slid along a line or down the page where you want to
make a change - then release. After messing around with it, I am
getting pretty solid at text editing. Like anything to do with
computers: IT can spot fear and hesitancy !
12-17-2008 06:36 PM
Overall I really like the Storm. I have had mine for a week now and it takes some getting used to for sure.
What I like:
1. Blackberry email, contacts, calendar, browser, messaging, etc.. Blackberries are the best for customizing your phone to suit your needs.
2. The Media! I loaded the same movie onto my Storm and my brand new iPod touch and the movie looks much better in my opinion on the Storm!
3. The Storm may be bigger than my Pearl but I like the way it feels in my hand, solid easier to hold.
4. The keyboard takes some getting used to but I love suretype and I really like the landscape full keyboard, I just use both thumbs to cover the whole keyboard.
What Im disappointed with:
1. You can not have shakey hands at all to use the camera, so its hard to take a non-blurry photo. I need to practice more I guess.
2. SYNCING! My Storm WOULD NOT sync using the PocketMac app. I use MissingSync now. Syncing in general can be tricky and frustrating with the Storm. I wish the Desktop Manager CD that comes with the Storm could be used for Mac's also. There are more and more Mac's out there RIM needs to catch up.
3. Not enough Apps, games, wallpaper, etc..
But most of the items that Im disappointed with can be fixed with RIM updates. When the iPhone came out it had a lot of problems also. I will be patient and keep my Storm and wait for updates because I know they are working on them.
12-17-2008 08:33 PM
I really want to love it. Still recommending it to everybody. Getting used to typing. Great browser. Screen is amazing (movies look awesome). Clock feature in the cradle is cool. Speaker is incredibly loud and crisp.
But I'm frustrated with a few things and I'm considering going back to the Curve. (8 days left to decide)
Believe it or not, the Alarm issue could be the deal breaker. Still deciding...
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