Could have been a winner. I don't know why RIM did it. I know every smartphone has issues, but as a BlackBerry user, I couldn't find myself using it as my workhorse for a week, so why should i tie myself to an 18 month contract with it then?
Just my opinion.
this phone is well good innit?! it has bnice battery long time and touchable screen. ip[hone not nowhere near as good you fanboys. blackberry4eva 2k8
Anonymous, 14 Nov 2008Unlimited usage of 500mb applies - therefore not unlimited, not like iphone on o2which is true... moreJust to clarify a few things people, i work for a leading high street phone company in the UK and 02 DO have a fair use policy on their unlimited data package and it is 200mb. Oranges is 250mb and Voda's is 500.
Secondly, i have an iphone3G.. I have had it since release on July 11th and have been fairly happy with it. Obviously usual things like no MMS and txt forwarding or draft saving is a bit annoying but hey, ill get over it.
Yesterday morning at around 10am i ordered 1 Blackberry Storm from Phones4u's website. delivered today.. enuf said.
Now i havent even picked it up from my royal mail sorting office yet and im already considering returning it. Not because of anything to do with having two contracts, or expenses or anything like that. Just because of what ive been reading in feedback collumns on this website and others.
The truth is, if you havent used it, DONT knock it! I will judge for myself if its slow, unresponsive, big, poor battery etc.. For example battery life can be prolonged by simple things like ensuring a GOOD first charge.. Now to be fair if it lasts a second more than the iphone battery that i might add if you are gonna use the ipod and web a lot then just pull out your m16 now and shoot yourself because its AWEFULL, then ill be happy.
Now recently i went on a training course for Blackberry and i was amazed that despite previously owning a curve there was SO much i didnt know about what you can do with blackberry.. Things like syncing ITunes..(shut up people who say you cant cos you can, IVE DONE IT..) Have you people actually used 'Device manager'?
So really to sum up..
1) if you want a phone that EVERYONE wants and that unless your a fairly stocky chap some jobsworth will try to steal from you at some point, buy a Storm. Dont buy an Iphone because your a toff and you think its cool.
2)if its e-mail mainly you want then go for blackberry.. if its web browsing then go for Iphone.
3) if like me you enjoyed when iphone 2g came out because not many people at all had one, but now are getting increasingly annoyed that every tom dick and harry have one, Buy Blackberry.
4) to be fair, Blackberry has only really taken off BIS wise because of Paris Hilton and other idiots have made it 'COOL' to have a blackberry.. So now if i get a girl of around 14 or 15 coming into my store with her parents and i hear her say 'i like, wanna like, blackberry like, mummy like.. It infuriates me and i ask why do you want a blackberry then? and she goes 'errr cos of facebook'.... GROW UP!
I know this just seems like a rant and i suppose it is, just PLEASE judge this handset for yourself before returning it and dont just act on what you read.. like i was gonna.. lol
have played with it for few hours have to say it's not as good as we expected.you have to press(not touch) the screen down when typing and the phone responses extremely slow as well as the camera....the phone is just not for me
"To give you extra peace of mind, we offer you the option of asking for an exchange or refund within 7 days from the date you buy your phone in store, or 14 days if you bought it from our website or by phone direct from us"
Anonymous, 21 Nov 2008i dont agree for vodafone, you have 14 days to return it..
This phone is great to look at and very bad to use. The touch screen doesn't react nearly quick enough and often causes the user to repeat pushing / clicking, if this happened with normal buttons you would just take it back. Secondly, as soon as you use the physical buttons (at the bottom) immediately after using the touch screen, they don't react straight away and again you find yourself pushing 2/3 times to get it to respond.
First day using it in the office, the battery lasted 7 hours, if you are a heavy user, it won't work for you.
Mine has gone back and i'm carrying on with the solid trustworthy E65
The buttons on the front will peel off easily with a finger nail, no way they will last 18months at 2000min / month of usage.
The Voice dialing is absolutely useless, a totally redundant feature in my opinion. Its essential if you have an in-car system and need to call people on the move, yet 9/10 times it just wouldn't recognise the name being said, not even close, yet a 3 year old nokia does it everytime.
When receiving a call this phone vibrates once and then rings about 5 seconds later. If you don't want to miss calls don't buy it. I tried ringing it myself several times and it only starts actually making any noise after the callers 3rd ring, people normally put down after 4th or 5th, by which time you have only actually heard it ring once or twice. Don't get a phone which makes people think you're not available to talk to!
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970Sorry that was ment at dave do apologise kevin.
This may be a silly question.. but are there any figures that show the percentage of storms being returned??
Anonymous, 21 Nov 2008Legally you have a 14 day period in which to return the phone!Yup! Regardless of where you bought it from (the channel) you should be able to return it. That's good of Vodafone. On O2UK, if you use the SIM, that's it, you won't be able to return it, as per their T&C.
I purchased mine in store, so I returned it in store. No hassle whatsoever.
Bottom line for me is, "you want to like the phone", but it's just a big let down.
I'll give it a month or two. When I take a trip back to a Vodafone shop, and see it's been improved, then I may take out an 18 month contract with them.
I can't see myself using the device for a week even!
After returning the device, I had a play with the Bold. Yeah, it was definitely the logical step from the Curve. It was so fast I wanted to cry. LoL
Still, BlackBerry for messaging, iPhone for media and everything else. Want a good camera? Get a Nokia N-series phone or C-Series Sony Ericsson.
I might end up waiting for another month or two to see what the market has to offer. I've been disappointed too many times this past few months.
HTC Touch HD - Good on paper, not that good in use. But, I hate to say this, it's certainly more usable than the Storm.
BlackBerry Bold - No complaints, aside from the, price!
BlackBerry Storm - Why oh why did you have to suck so much? :( Taking photos, well, after clicking the button, it took 3 seconds before it actually took the photo. WORST SHUTTER LAG EVER for a mobile device.
Apple iPhone 3G - Still a bit too expensive, or worth it as an upgrade from a 1st Gen iPhone.
I played around with a Sony Ericsson xPeria... I was surprised! The screen, was beautiful, although it was small (for one that has 800 by 480 resolution!). The built was excellent! The OS for a windows mobile device was very snappy! Yet again, it's just too expensive...
Anonymous, 21 Nov 2008you have to let the battery charge then use it till its empty, then charge it a few more times... moreIf one can see that beyond the battery there are other significant flaws and failings then it is perfectly reasonable to return the items soonest. If you delay then you can loose your legal right to return goods, so only make comment when you have thought about what you are saying.
dave, 20 Nov 2008Do not buy this phone!I had mine for one day and i took it straight back.The battery sucks,bro... moreyou have to let the battery charge then use it till its empty, then charge it a few more times before the real potential of the battery can be seen! its just stupid to have a phone for one day after getting it then to take it back!!!
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970A tool!?!?!?!!? That's a constructive comment if ever there was one! Sorry if you don't agree Mr Anonymous, it's a free world and I am simply just airing my view that the Storm wasn't for me (I hope that's ok with you sir)....and if you read other people's comments, I am not the only one. If you like the Storm, then good for you...I guess it's like Marmite, you'll either love it or hate it.
just played with this,
its ok the design and shape is a bit weird,
interface is ok,
this may have more features than an iphone but it lacks that user experience, which the iphone has.
and its not as responsive.
Sorry to say but Blackberry have really messed up! In trying to mimic and compete with the iphone they tried to be something they're not, and tarnished their reputation in the process. Leave the touch screen to apple and concentrate on emails!
This phone has so many bad reviews. BB did try to create some hype on this phone such as the "real iphone killer", too bad that it didn't live up to its hyped expectation. I'd like to believe that it couldn't be that bad, but consistently reading a bad review after another cannot be lightly ignored. Is it too early to say that this phone is a total failure?