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Just in time for Christmas shopping

Smartphone maker Research in Motion is unveiling the BlackBerry Storm2. Model 9520 is being distributed for European customers, while North American carriers will offer model 9550. Its predecessor was the first BlackBerry to eschew a physical keyboard in favor of a touchscreen. It launched with mixed reviews, definitely not a good thing when you have competition like Apple's iPhone and the Palm Pre.

The Storm2 uses a similar 3.25 inch display. At 360 x 480  pixels, images and text look pretty good at its effective 184 ppi resolution. However, the Storm2 ships with the new BlackBerry OS 5 as opposed to OS 4.7 of the previous generation.

RIM claims that there are hundreds of enhancements in the new software, some of which will increase image quality of icons and text. An updated BlackBerry Browser boasts faster JavaScript and CSS processing, as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets. Applications developed for the original BlackBerry Storm are fully compatible with the Storm2.

On the hardware side, the Storm2 uses the same 528MHz MSM7600 CPU from Qualcomm as in the original Storm and BlackBerry Tour. The Storm2 uses a 1400 mAh battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time on 3G networks and 280 hours of standby time. A built-in 3.2 megapixel camera features variable zoom, autofocus, flash, video recording, and image stabilization. NVRAM and flash storage are both doubled at 256MB and 1GB respectively. The Storm2 will also support microSD/SDHC cards up to 32GB in size for extra storage.

The big news though is 802.11 b/g WiFi support, a feature that was sorely missed on the original Storm. The Storm2 will work worldwide, thanks to frequencies on UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM.

Both Verizon Wireless and Vodafone are targeted the lucrative Christmas shopping period. Vodafone customers in the UK and Ireland will be the first to get  the Storm2, after which it will make its way to Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. It will also be made available in France, Italy and South Africa in time for Christmas.

Verizon customers in the U.S. will have to wait for the company's official launch.

Update: We have received updated model numbers from RIM, as reflected in the first paragraph.



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Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By Trisagion on 10/15/2009 10:45:30 AM , Rating: 2
I'm thinking of upgrading to a smartphone, but can't decide whether to get the Storm 2 or the Palm Pre. The Pre has a keyboard so I'm leaning a bit towards it now. I don't live in the US so the carrier it's on is not a issue for me.




RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By amanojaku on 10/15/2009 10:51:36 AM , Rating: 3
Just try them out. No one knows how much you'll like a product until you use it, even you.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By BigRedNole on 10/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By mikable on 10/15/2009 12:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I don't know anybody on Mars so that feature is lost on me. Do you know any other compelling reasons?


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By quiksilvr on 10/15/2009 7:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
Get the Samsung Moment. It has all the ingredients to be the best phone in the market:
1) 800 MHz Processor (dear God...)
2) Capacitive 3.2" touch screen
3) AMOLED screen
4) Android OS
5) 3.2 MP camera with flash and video recording
6) Physical keyboard that slides out
7) Samsung phones have very VERY low radiation
8) 3.5 mm headphone jack
9) $179.99 price tag with 2 year contract with Sprint
10) Free GPS and Sprint TV applications


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By xRyanCat on 10/15/2009 11:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
7) Samsung phones have very VERY low radiation

Why would that be a good thing? The very signal it uses to communicate with the towers and bluetooth and wifi are all forms of "radiation." None are likely to hurt you because they are of such low power. Low radiation would just mean a lower signal.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By lagitup on 10/16/2009 12:16:04 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
quote:
Samsung phones have very VERY low radiation
Why would that be a good thing? The very signal it uses to communicate with the towers and bluetooth and wifi are all forms of "radiation." None are likely to hurt you because they are of such low power. Low radiation would just mean a lower signal.


Firstly, the statement about Samsung phones having low radiation is factually incorrect. It depends on the phone, period. CNET has a list of more or less every phone ever, and the original storm comes in near the top of the chart in terms of low radiation output.

Secondly, the radiation measurement in question is the amount the body absorbs while the phone is raised to the ear and in a call, not the radiation carrying the signal to the tower.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By quiksilvr on 10/16/2009 9:35:17 PM , Rating: 3
I reject your reality and substitute my own:
http://www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/Get-a-Safer-...


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By lagitup on 10/16/2009 12:11:55 AM , Rating: 2
The HTC Hero is a pretty sick Android phone, as long as you can do without the keyboard. It has all the good things of the HTC TouchFlo series (I dearly love mine) but hold all the sucky things about Windows Mobile because it runs Android.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By Yawgm0th on 10/15/2009 11:20:43 AM , Rating: 2
If the touchscreen isn't a must, I can't recommend the Bold or Tour enough. If it is a must and you have the sense not to give up your keyboard, then Google has just about the best product on the market at the most reasonable price.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By theapparition on 10/15/2009 11:23:21 AM , Rating: 2
Do you want Verizon, Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile.

Start there and figure out what's available with your carrier.

You couldn't pay me to use AT&T again, so whatever they have is off my selection list.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By jordanclock on 10/15/2009 1:45:56 PM , Rating: 2
Except they said they don't live in the US and carrier doesn't matter for them. I suspect that means they're in Europe where an unlocked version pretty much has to be released.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By theapparition on 10/15/2009 5:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
Well I certainly missed that part.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By Gio6518 on 10/15/2009 5:15:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm thinking of upgrading to a smartphone, but can't decide whether to get the Storm 2 or the Palm Pre


the Pre is an incredible phone !
my only hang up with it is the 8gb storage.
they really should of added the ability too add a 32 GB microSD.


RE: Storm 2 or Palm Pre
By Gio6518 on 10/15/2009 5:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
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