BlackBerry Storm2 9550 review


A smartphone made in BlackBerry

If you want to keep in touch with people and places that interest you while using a great smartphone, then you should consider buying BlackBerry’s latest Storm2 9550 from Verizon Wireless. At least that’s what the company says. Does this device really deliver? We invite you to find out the answer from our test and review below.

Touch screen

At first glance, the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 looks very appealing with its dark stylish color, solid body and very appealing 3.25″ high-resolution capacitive touchscreen; the latter is light sensitive and has user-selectable font size. When taking the device in our hand we noticed how slim and light was with its 4.43″ x 2.45″ x 0.55″ and 160g. The product’s touchscreen comes with multi-touch support and options such as Menu, Send, End and Escape at a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels and 184ppi. Moreover is has a technology called New SurePress that makes the display extremely easy to click and also offers consistency with tactile response across the whole screen; all we had to do was point and click in order to be able to access apps and features. BlackBerry-Storm2-9550

Good quality pictures

The BlackBerry Storm2 comes in two colors: black and light black. In the box we found the following: BlackBerry Storm2 handset, 16 GB microSD memory card, microUSB international charger with international clips, USB cable, rechargeable battery, wired 3.5mm stereo headset, pre-installed SIM card, quick reference guide, documentation kit and, finally, global support kit.
The 3.2-megapixel camera that sits on the back of the gadget sports video recording capabilities, 2x digital zoom, Image Stabilization, flash and autofocus. When we tested it before writing our review we were very pleased with its results; the pictures we snapped during daytime were very sharp with good colors, but once indoors things changed: the quality suffered from blurs due to slow shutter speeds. Videos shot with the camera looked uncompressed and were smooth.

A new OS namely 5.0

BlackBerry’s latest Storm2 9550 boasts a new version of the company’s OS, namely 5.0. This one offered great support for the touch features and included inertial scrolling, gradient shading on buttons, spin boxes (making it much easier to set dates and times), Microsoft Office document editing, support for HTML e-mail, more use of animation, selection improvements, typing accuracy, usability and apps such as e-mail, contacts book, music player and a Web browser.
When we tested the integrated browser we noticed it was still slow when loading Internet pages with JavaScript, but we could easily zoom in on the sites we want via double-tapping and clicking on desires page. Streaming content from YouTube and the like went very smoothly.

Excellent speaker volume

Earpiece, reception and speaker volume were excellent; transmissions were steady when we talked to friends and, thanks to the phone’s dual-mic noise cancellation feature, there was only little background noise. We could talk for approximately 7h 25′ on one battery charge. When playing back video content the device offered 4h32′.
The BlackBerry Internet Service provided support for up to ten e-mail accounts and links to download free IM clients for MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ and many more. With the Bluetooth wireless connectivity we could stream our music to a speaker dock or a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones, as well as connect our PC and surf the Internet, send email and access files from a server.

Innovative Voice Mail

The innovative Visual Voice Mail was really good, because it offered us the possibility to reply, forward and delete voice mail messages without listening to voice indications or prior messages. The Storm2 9550 also has Global Roaming Capabilities, a built-in GPS, 2GB of onboard media storage, 16GB microSD card (along with compatibility with optional microSD cards up to 16 GB in size), Social networking applications, fast 3G connectivity and BlackBerry Media Sync.

Review conclusions

The review conclusion is that the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 is a good option if you need a smartphone able to help you to keep all the good info in a single device and at an affordable price.

Technical specifications

– 3G +
– 3.25”touchscreen 480 x 360 pixels
– 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash
– 2G internal memory + microSD memory card slot
– RAM 256 MB
– WiFi Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 +
– 3.5 mm audio output jack
– 6 hours 3G talk time, 5 hours GSM
– dimensions 112.5 x 62.2 x 13.95 mm 160 g