If it is the last thing you do, do NOT buy a Blackberry Storm.
Correction! If the Blackberry Storm is offered to you free of charge, walk away!
My Storm switches itself off at will. You lock it, then pick it up after a while and find that the radio has switched off. On a number of occasions, the only way I have been able to turn it back on is by removing and putting back the battery. You can imagine the number of missed calls this has led to.
The touchscreen to this phone has a mind of its own. It’s supposed to respond to your finger’s feather touch but the reality is that it doesn’t respond even if you go on your knees to beg. You also have to click it several times to pick up calls. I long gave up on the touch feature working as it’s supposed to. If ever there was a stubborn touch screen, it was installed on this handset. The 6 on the phone doesn’t work. You want to hit S and instead you see the Z or X (below) popping up. The E, D and C keys don’t work either. And so on and so forth.
When I had just arrived in Uganda, I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t load airtime. So, I took this equipment to Airtel’s main office and asked them why. They told me that the Storm doesn’t recognize the * and # keys!! Really? Yes, they assured me; there was something about the Storm technology that isn’t compatible with the Airtel airtime loading system. So, I have since had to make do with walking into an Airtel outlet to have my airtime loaded by one of their employees.
Now, try tracing which calls you missed. That is another chore best left for when one is in one’s most charitable frame of mind.
All in all, I wouldn’t wish this phone on my worst enemy – maybe I would but I don’t want to go there.
I have used the Blackberry Bold 8520 and a number of other Blackberry devices. This is by far the least user-friendly. Comparisons are unfair but if you are really into smart phones, you might want to look at the HTC 4G EVO. It costs more than the Storm but does everything you want it to and even seems to go into your head to figure our what you want so that it provides it before you ask.
An intuitive phone? Now, that is my kind of phone. And the HTC isn’t as clunky as the Storm either.
Enough said on this terrible piece of equipment.