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BlackBerry Storm2 9520

The next generation SurePress technology on the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone - combined with SureType technology - provides better typing accuracy and...

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published 18/02/2012 | alexandjef
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Hello I also post reviews on Dooyoo under the same user name - they usually appear there first then find there way here 28/man/blabbermouth/etc
Not for me
Pro The design is the strongest point, with it being the area it doesn't let the user down
Cons A second rate smartphone, dated even upon its release
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"Blackbery Storm2 9520"

Before Apple and Android - Blackberry was the smartphone front runner (albeit for a very short period of time) They were the phone of choice for business users (and in some cases still are) and built up a very loyal following with their communication-centric handset - that could pool all your email, messaging and BBM into one place - ontop of a sturdy typing system meaning the phones were great for not only receiving email, but sending too.

Soon after the touchscreen boom kicked off - Blackberry had a go. Everything was touchscreen - a hardware keyboard seemed a thing of the past. Most smartphones at around the same time as this phones release suffered the same problems - they were unreliable and clucky. Moving from menu to menu was a chore, they would all crash often and the touchscreen simply wasn't nice to use. Nothing like today when smart phone functionality has finally started to be fun, easy and reliable.

The Storm was no exception, infact in my experience is was the worst of the bunch. I picked this up on a 18 month contract and it was a long 18 months. I had also had an Android and Apple phone at the time - and predictably the Apple phone came out tops of the three.

Anyway, back to the Storm. This model of the Storm was the second touchscreen phone Blackberry launched - and this builds only marginally on a very poor product. The big selling point of the phone is the touchscreen also acts as a button. Rather than touch the screen to action something (like click on a link on a website) you actually have to push the screen in and it then clicks. Blackberry were trying to address a problem they were wrongly foreseeing - that people didn't like a full touchscreen experience and wanted some kind of physical addition to the screen. Fast forward to 2012 and its generally considered the smoother and easier the touchscreen is, the better.

The phone itself suffers from two big problems - Blackberrys poor build and Blackberrys poor operating system - both are still firmly routed with buisness users in mine, not everyday smartphone users.

The phone itself more of less works as a smartphone. You have a camera, you have average battery life. It works as a MP3 player, it works as a web browser. You can make calls, send texts and emails and its a fairly nice design. However, it does non of these things well. Connecting to the internet is slow and browsing pages is a very poor experience. It plays can store and play MP3s, but the player is chuggy and not really that fun - a million miles from even Apples first attempts on the iPhone. The camera is poor, but expected as it is now 4 or so years old, but the actually functionality of the camera is not that good. No flash, no editing features and transferring images from phone to PC, and sending images via email is not the flawless experience it should be.

Apps apps apps. A smartphone cannot live without them. And they have to be good too, and part of a huge range. Blackberry, and therefore the Storm fail here too. The Apps that Blackberry provide are in some places adequate and do the job. Facebook and Twitter apps for example serve there purpose, but there is no real range of apps. The Apps on Blackberry seem to be very functional rather than enriching the experience of a Smartphone.

Its as if they have made a phone with lots of compromise. Wanting to keep fans of Blackberry happy but not changing much - not taking the big steps in innovation to become a real contender in the smartphone market. This phone is not a product worth buying in 2012, a quick search and I was shocked to see it going new for £300, or £85 secondhand. Even second hand that is far too much to pay. Opt for a one of the Samsung 'budget' smartphones, such as the Galaxy Mini at the fraction of the price.

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  • CharleneAndJohn published 18/02/2012
    Run your review through a spell check
  • catsholiday published 18/02/2012
    I am happy with my iphone - had an HTC before but prefer the iphone so will bi-pass Blackberry.
  • mozzie76 published 18/02/2012
    Check your english and grammar for errors in a spell checker
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Product Information : BlackBerry Storm2 9520

Manufacturer's product description

The next generation SurePress technology on the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone - combined with SureType technology - provides better typing accuracy and a more tactile feel. You can type on a virtual, full QWERTY keyboard in portrait or landscape mode. Touch two areas of the screen at once to select multiple items. You can link to wireless networks or hotspots with Wi-Fi connectivity. While away from your regular home or work coverage areas, you can still access streaming audio and video, BlackBerry data services and more. With a powerful battery and removable back plate for easy battery swapping, the BlackBerry Storm smartphone helps you do what you love, longer. A high resolution 480 x 360 screen displays over 65,000 colors across a large wide screen - creates an awe-inspiring display that enhances all your multimedia.

Product Details

Product Description: BlackBerry Storm2 9520 - black - 3G CDMA / GSM - BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 - black - 3G GSM - BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry Storm2 9520 - 3G GSM - BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry Storm2 9520 - 3G CDMA / GSM - BlackBerry smartphone

Product Type: BlackBerry smartphone

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified, Vodafone

Form Factor: Touch

Dimensions (WxDxH): 62 mm x 14 mm x 113 mm

Weight: 160 g

Colour: Black

Technology: CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS), WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800, WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Display: LCD display - colour - 3.25" - TFT

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen

Operating System: BlackBerry Handheld Software

Instant Messaging Services: RIM BlackBerry VM Client, Yes

Playback Digital Standards: WMA, AAC, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+, WMAPro , MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, H.263

Supported Memory Card: Micro SD Card, microSDHC

Talk Time: Up to 360 minutes, Up to 330 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 305 hours, Up to 360 hours

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Yes

Long Name: Storm 2, BlackBerry Storm 2 9520

Cellular / Operating System: BlackBerry OS

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Slate

Phone Design: Slate

Manufacturer: BlackBerry


MPN: STORM II 9520, PRD-20973-061, 67750, PRD-20973-060, 9520 Storm 2, Storm2 9520 german, PRD-20973-062

Product Type: BlackBerry smartphone

Form Factor: Touch

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Width: 62 mm

Depth: 14 mm

Height: 113 mm

Weight: 160 g

Body Colour: Black


Technology: CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS), WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800, WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified, Vodafone

Operating System: BlackBerry Handheld Software

Software Platforms Supported: Java

Input Device(s): Touch screen

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Instant Messaging Services: RIM BlackBerry VM Client, Yes

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Yes


Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSDPA, HSUPA

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, IEEE 802.11b/g

Bluetooth Profiles: Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN), Hands Free Profile (HFP), Headset Profile (HSP), Serial Port Profile (SPP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP)

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

WLAN Security: WPA, WPA2

Phone Features

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, conference call, voice dialing, vibrating alert

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty: 32

Ring Tone Formats: MIDI, MP3

Sensors: Ambient light sensor

Additional Features: Multitasking, SureType technology


Personal Information Management: Calendar, calculator, reminder, countdown timer, alarm clock

Media Player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WMA, AAC, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+, WMAPro

Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, H.263


Clock Speed: 524 MHz


User Memory: 2 GB, 256 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: Micro SD Card, microSDHC

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Still Image Resolutions: 2048 x 1536

Digital Zoom: 2

Camera Light Source: LED light

Video Recorder Resolutions: 320 x 240 (QVGA)

Features: Picture stabiliser, Picture stabiliser, video recording

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Navigation System

Navigation: A-GPS receiver, GPS receiver

Navigation Software & Services: BlackBerry Maps


Type: LCD display - colour

Technology: TFT transmissive

Diagonal Size: 3.25"

Display Resolution: 480 x 360 pixels

Colour Depth: 65,536 colours

Multi-language Menu: Yes


Connector Type: Headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm, Headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ Micro-USB


Technology: Lithium Ion

Capacity: 1400 mAh

Run Time Details: Talk - up to 360 min ¦ Standby - up to 305 hrs


Included Accessories: Power adapter

Compliant Standards: AES, Triple DES

Also Included: microSD - 2 GB


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