The BlackBerry Storm2 9520, is the next step of the BlackBerry Storm touchscreen phones, the difference being that the former uses peizzo electric touch screen input, an advancement over the previous SurePress technology. The Storm2 has also improved on the looks and performance. The BlackBerry has made a good effort in Touchscreen market by introducing a touch input smartphone with something that can relate to a physical keyboard, as the screen has to be pressed for the input. Though Storm series never captured the market as it was supposed to be. Lets peek into the basic features of the BlackBerry Storm2 9520 smartphone.
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGEand 2100 MHz 3G with HSPA support
- Screen :3.25″ 65K-color capacitive touchscreen of 360 x 480 pixel resolution
- Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh
- Improved touchscreen experience with piezo-electric touch feedback system
- Camera: 3.15 MP autofocus camera, LED flash
- OS: BlackBerry OS 5
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi and built-in GPS with BlackBerry maps preloaded
- Memory: 2 GB internal storage and a hot-swappable microSD card slot
- Landscape on-screen keyboard is as close to hardware keys as we have seen on a touch phone
- 3.5mm standard audio jack
- Accelerometer sensor for screen auto-rotate
- Bluetooth v2.1 and USB v2.0
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The design of the phone is surely one thing that has improved from the previous Storm phone. The phone gives atypical Blackberry look and impression when it comes to design and is much of a like for Blackberry fans. The keys on the side of the body are also black now unlike the previous silver colored keys. The 4 buttons on bottom of the screen have been included in the screen and have to be pressed by pressing the screen. Well, this ofcourse gives the illusion that the screen is larger than what it originally is. The Storm2 though is bit heavy and appears bulkier and thicker as compared to its counterparts in the market and first time user who hasn’t known the Storm for its press the screen technology will find it difficult to adapt to.
The capacitive touch is very smooth and responsive, and works really fine with smoothest of touches. The menu items, though have to be selected with a tap on the screen. This tap-on-the-screen feature, sometimes comes out to be disadvantageous rather than advantageous as it sounds. working long for emails and messenger may v=create a slight of an irritation if one has to tap again and again for selection. The peizzo electric technology used is far better than the SurePress in the Storm’s ancestors. One may find them almost similar to use (click screen to use), as the user experience of both the technology is same, but when one works longer with Storm2, he can know the difference, the piezzo – electric input is much faster and smoother than the SurePress. It surely takes down the problem of unresponsive screen clicks. The screen can also not be clicked while the phone is off or the screen is locked. The phone has to be use mode for the click screen to be activated. As Storm has to keep up with the brand name of BlackBerry, one surely can expect the blackberry services and the messenger, working with the click screen can be a tiring task when it comes to some serious business.Also the 360 X 480 resolution is of no match to the competitors in the market which have twice or even thrice better resolution.
The 1400 maH battery provides with a good power back-up. when we used the phone with some heavy usage of online services some calls and camera clicks. The smartphone helped our way for more than 1.5 days. Now that’s a good news for BlackBerry lovers at, BlackBerry is also known for its hit-the-road cell phones, i.e. the travelers would surely like this phone for its good battery backup.
- Piezzo-electric input – better than SurePress
- Smooth capacitive touch screen
- Good battery backup
- Pay for BlackBerry Services
- No FM Radio
- No JAVA support for browser
- Mediocre camera
- Heavier phone