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Storm 2 doesn't change much from its predecessor

Either a Photoshop wizard with a knack for the subtle and boring has just created a masterpiece, or the first legitimate photos of the Blackberry Storm 2 have hit the web.  The pictures confirm the statements Research in Motion, the most dominant player in the smartphone industry, had previously made regarding the second generation Storm. 

The phone, codenamed "Oden", after the Norse god of storms, hopes to offer improvements where the original Storm had shortcomings.  However, hardware-wise the phone is remarkably similar to its predecessor, which helps to lend credence to the photos. 

The phone's back is identical -- a dark gray brushed aluminum case with a 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and flash mounted above it.  The front looks a bit different, though, as the click buttons for call, menu, back, and terminate have been switched to touch screen buttons.  Likewise, the side is slightly changed with rocker switch for volume and the camera button becoming more rounded and shifting from chrome to the same gray/black of the rest of the casing. 

One trouble spot could be the headphone jack.  Whereas the Storm had a flat jack, perfect for any headphone model, the Storm 2 appears to have joined the iPhone in having a recessed jack.  Looks may be deceiving, but it could hint that Blackberry is hoping to gain more control over its headphone and accessory sales.

The phone, according to sources, is the GSM version.  Among its rumored new features are Wi-Fi, GPS and a supposedly "new approach to text entry".  However, the most critical thing to the phone's reception will likely be what's inside.  The first Storm was slow and unresponsive; between its processor, chipset, and OS, the Storm 2 will have to remedy this or risk getting blasted by critics.

The Storm 2 is rumored to be set for a September release on Verizon.  Other reported Blackberries soon to be released include phones codenamed Gemini and Onyx/Driftwood.

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RE: Hardware/Software
By AlexWade on 5/15/2009 2:37:53 PM , Rating: 2
My Blackberry Bold works really well. No dropped calls like some of my other phones. (And yes it was the phone because I later found out it was recalled.) It had issues staying connected to 3G, but a software update fixed that problem. Since then, sunshine and lollipops.

P.S. Officially, the Storm is not top-tier Blackberry, but the Bold is. Having used the Storm and the Curve and the Bold, the Bold UI is by miles better. The Bold is the best phone I've ever used, even iPhone. I've had Nokia (the American ones are junk), Motorola (once good, now junk), Ericsson (the next best thing to an iPhone or Blackberry Bold), LG (nothing special), and Palm (3rd best smartphone). I never owned an iPhone, but spent several hours using one. It is better than the Storm but not better than the Bold. What makes the iPhone special is the app store. I will never trade my Bold for any other phone.

RE: Hardware/Software
By MadMan007 on 5/15/2009 10:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
...until next year's new shiny toy comes out, eh consumer whore?

RE: Hardware/Software
By callmeroy on 5/18/2009 8:18:09 AM , Rating: 2

To each their own , its their money and yadda yadda on all that disclaimer bs....BUT even still -- I'm amazed , truly and honestly amazed how so INTO phones some folks are, actually a LOT of folks are these days --- to an obsessive nature.

I've had one (very basic) cell phone for nearly 10 years now (well not quite about 7), serves me fine for $42.99 a month. I am thinking of replacing it because its dinged up (been dropped a few times, jammed under a door once, etc.) but I'm not sure I'd pony up hundreds or settle with a $100 (or near $100) a month phone bill just to be Mr. Look At Me I'm Joe Cool Guy.

If your WORK gives you a "fancy" phone and you really are that busy -- that's a different story. Though, I tend to think even with business most people over exaggerate their importance or level of "busy" to warrant obsessive phone use 24/7.

RE: Hardware/Software
By Alexstarfire on 5/16/2009 2:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
I would agree that Ericsson is probably the best non-smartphone. Not even sure if they make a smartphone since I haven't look at all their latest products in years. Apparently I have one of their crappier phones and even it's not that bad. Wish I had read some reviews before I bought it, but that was totally my fault. All the other phones I've had work like a dream and are quite durable. I have seen the Xprevia, I think that's what it's called, and it seems amazing. They claim 11 hours of talk time on what looks like an iPhone type phone. Wish they had it in stores so I could test it out, but the US rarely gets any Ericsson phones in stores.

Only downside I see is the rather expensive Sony memory sticks you need for the phones.

RE: Hardware/Software
By Hieyeck on 5/17/2009 11:11:22 AM , Rating: 3
Having used a wide range of phones, I actually miss the old Nokia bricks (like the 3220). That call quality was good, picked up reception where other phones failed, and it was durable - I kicked it off a brick wall and dropped it off a two story building and it still worked (after finding a $10 faceplate to hold the battery in).

By no means can you pry a Blackberry from my cold, dead hands, but what happened to that kind of quality?

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