Blackberry Storm 2

The Blackberry Storm 2 was released 5 days ago and brought with it some changes. Are there enough changes to make a signifigant of Storm 1 owners upgrade?

Storm 2 new improvements:
A new sure press touchscreen with four receptors, letting you type a letter and press down on the next one before your first finger has completely left the screen, enabling for faster typing.

New buttons on the front. The call, menu, last and power buttons are part of the screen, which gets rid of the significant gap between the screen and the buttons on the original storm.

Wi-Fi is now featured on the new Blackberry Storm, although many issues have been reported.

The Storm 2 brings with it a decent amount of improvements, but nothing major. When i compared the two devices, I found the clicking of the first Storm to be more desirable, but could still type slightly faster on the Storm2. While the buttons now being part of the screen removes the gap on the front of the phone, it doesn’t provide any added functionality; it just looks different. While Wi-Fi is a nice addition, I find the Verizon Network has enough coverage and speed to be sufficient and I almost always use my phone on the move.

OS: Both phones were running OS 5.0.328. They ran at the same speeds and had all the same features. One difference I found was in the camera speeds. I put them side by side and hit the focus button. When they were in focus, I took the picture. The Storm 2 was slightly faster. When I hit the button to take the picture before they could focus, The Storm 1 focused and took the picture almost a full second faster.

Final Decision: The Storm 2 Improves on many aspects of the original Storm, but isn’t all that different. Both phones are identical when it comes to operating systems but the Storm 2 has a slight advantage on hardware with the new touch screen and Wi-Fi. While I am not going to go out and purchase the new Storm, if you are someone that has a Storm 1 and finds Wi-Fi an absolute essential, go for it.


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