The Blackberry Storm 2 is Research In Motion’s second touch screen smartphone, following up on last year’s original BB Storm. This year’s version corrects many of the problems from the original. The loose, sometimes sliding touch screen has been replaced with a more accurate, tight fitting one. Wi-Fi, which was not included on the original, exists this time around and works well. Also, since the Storm 2 launched with Blackberry OS 5.0, the phone’s software runs much smoother out of the box, than last year’s buggy release.
Behind the major improvements, the Storm 2 also features Blackberry’s top-notch push e-mail service and threaded sms messaging, making staying in touch with all your connects easy. Also on board is a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, video-recorder, media-player, and Blackberry App World. Despite the improvements and solid features, the one major problem that has plagued all recent Blackberry’s is the BlackBerry web browser, and unfortunately the Storm 2 is no exception. If you are looking for a fast-paced browsing experience similar to what you would get on a pc, then keep looking. The BB browser is slow and tired, and long overdue for an upgrade. Research in Motion is in the lab working on a new Web-Kit based browser (same browser engine as the Droid), but for the time being you’ll have to make do with the default, or use Opera Mini or Bolt.
Browser aside, the Storm 2 is a good phone that managed to improve on most of the issues from the original. If you are looking for the best touch screen smarthphone on Verizon, then you might want to consider other options, but if you are a Blackberry die-hard and want to move to a touch screen, the Storm 2 is worth grabbing. The Storm 2 is available exclusively through Verizon Wireless and retails for $179.99 on a 2-year contract.
HH Rating: 7/10 (Good phone)