The Storm2 looks pretty similar to its predecessor. Their dimensions are almost the same (there is a 0.05 inch difference in the width), and the Storm2 is 5 grams heavier than Storm. The front panel has a 3.25-inch display and there are four keys for ‘Calling’, ‘Menu’, ‘Back’ and ‘Call End’ below it. There is a USB/charging slot and a convenience key, which is set for voice commands on the left panel. There is a 3.5-mm jack, volume rocker and another convenience key, which is for the camera. There is a power key on the left and the silence key on the right in the top panel. There is a micro SD card which is under the metallic cover. The device comes with a stylish leather cover.
The Storm2 is powered by the new version of the proprietary OS, (V 5.0). The new OS gives the capability of Kinetic scrolling and it was found that the accelerometer sensitivity was pretty high. Pressing the screen opens the full menu, which can also be accessed through the menu key. The device comes with SurePress touch technology, so for the touchscreen to work, we actually need to press it. The whole mechanism looked to be better than the earlier Storm model.
If you have the BlackBerry service on your phone, you can add your corporate and personal accounts easily. BlackBerry Messenger is also pre-installed along with Google Talk and MSN Messenger. For input the phone offers compact QWERTY (Sure Type), full QWERTY and alphanumeric (multi tap).
In the landscape mode, only full QWERTY option is available. Once you touch the key, it gets highlighted in blue and then you press the screen to type. The home page of the browser includes an address bar and a search bar. You can pan or scroll through a web page by sweeping gesture and tap to zoom. To zoom in we can also use the shortcut keys at the bottom of the screen. On the downside, the browser does not come with flash support. The phone has Wi-Fi support. It also comes with Documents to Go standard edition document viewer, but you cannot create a new document. Editing options basically include formatting options such as bold, underline, cut, copy and paste. You can add and remove text from an existing document and save it as new one, which
pretty much solves the problem of creating a new document. The device has GPS and comes with BlackBerry maps, but there is no data for India. As far as social networking goes, Facebook comes pre-loaded on the phone and we can also download more apps from the app store.
The phone comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a LED flash. The highest resolution that can be set is 2048 x 1536 pixels. The picture quality can be adjusted as superfine, fine and normal and one can even add colour effects. The images can be geo-tagged too. Indoors it was seen that even at highest resolutions the pictures got pixelated, but in the sunny exteriors the pictures were acceptable. The device records videos at 480 x 352 pixels at 30 frames per second. The video quality too didn’t excite us much.We can use flash for videos, but they cannot be geo-tagged. Videos can also be taken for MMS. The video player of the phone comes with DiVX and XViD support. The formats supported are MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.263 and WMV.
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There is no sign of F.M. Radio mainly because it has become a norm in almost all the smartphones. The phone does have a nice music player, with acceptable sound quality both through the speakers, and through the headset. Additional options also include ‘headset Music EQ’, which came with options like loud, bass boost, Jazz, etc. We can sort the songs as artists, albums and genres and also create play lists. The phone has a internal memory of 2GB and it can be expanded using microSD card. With constant E-mail, Facebook activity, one hour of games and a couple of hours of talking the phone survived a day
BlackBerry Storm2 9520 Price & Alternatives
BlackBerry Storm2 9520 price in India – Rs. 29.500
BlackBerry Storm2 9520 price in US – $625 USD
BlackBerry Storm2 9520 price in UK – £429.99
The BlackBerry Storm2 9520 is priced at Rs 29,500 ($625USD approx). Other phones that can be considered as an alternative are the HTC Legend running on Android 2.1 operating system and costing Rs 25,500 ($542USD).