1. kris123's Avatar
    So today, after all these weeks and months of research, I finally get to see the Storm in person. I was hoping to buy one tonight, but the Best Buy near me just sold out as I got there, so I went to the Verizon store. Of course they were sold out, I just wanted to see it. Once I finally did, I was not impressed, I was actually pretty upset.

    To start off, I will tell you the OS version. I looked and it said a few numbers and periods and the last two were .61, then there was a (82) in perenthesis right after the .61. I didn't know what the (82) was, anybody know?

    I have a few things to complain about. The main thing, it. was. so. so.so.so.so. SLOW. I could not even believe it. It was literally so slow, it was unusable. I didn't even know what was going on most of the time, thats how bad it was. Since that was my biggest complaint, I am sure hoping that version is not the one that is being sold. Is that the version being sold?

    While I was TRYING to use this phone, it would randomly go to clock, and sit there and i could not escape it. Then since everything else seemed so terrible, I went to try the video quality. I played the movie clip and waited about 2 min and it finally started, but hey, of course only the audio played. No picture. Then some controls poped up, and looked like they were for sure not meant to be placed there. The phone then crashed and froze, with the sound still blasting and I looked really dumb sitting there not knowing what to do, so I left the phone there and left.

    For the hardware problems, I have just a few. My main complaint was the screen. It was loose!! The screen was wobbly and it shifts around. Like I could put my thumb on the screen and move it around and it would shift up down side to side on the device. This was very unassuring, it didn't feel solid. Yes, there IS a gap around the edge, and I was affraid that it could be a problem. You cant really notice it, that much, but I could see that it is possible that dust and debris could easily get into it and mess things up.

    Typing.
    Typing was a complete nightmare. I really am not exaggerating when I say how very hard. I mean, I wanted to love this phone maybe even more than alot of you, but it just wasnt working for me. I could not type for my life and it seemed the space bar was barely working, you had to hit it in a precise spot each time.

    I could not even open the browser because it was too slow, so I have nothing to say for it.

    What I liked is that the phone looked incredibly cool, and I know that this phone has ALOT of potential. If they could just make the big button fit more perfectly, no gap or shifting, it would be much better. Also if they used a more sturdy glass for the screen, or glass in general (because it felt like plastic). I really do like the concept of the click screen, the only thing it messes up is the typing. If I buy this phone I could possibly get used to it, but i doubt it. It would be a ton better if they made the onscreen keyboard alot bigger (why is that so hard? why dont they just make the qwerty board alot bigger?). This phone would also be 100% better if it is sold with a MUCH better OS version. I really wanted this to finally be the perfect phone for me and I really wanted to love this phone, I thought at least something could be done right, but apparently not...

    Sorry I know I am giving way to much detail and you probably dont want to read all this, but I just had to get it out.
    11-21-08 08:56 PM
  2. kris123's Avatar
    It was a huge fail. I am really trying hard to understand what RIM was doing all these years making the "amazing" Storm, sitting on their thumbs?

    How could it possibly take three years to make garbage?
    11-21-08 09:00 PM
  3. CrackisWackBerryisNOT's Avatar
    So today, after all these weeks and months of research, I finally get to see the Storm in person. I was hoping to buy one tonight, but the Best Buy near me just sold out as I got there, so I went to the Verizon store. Of course they were sold out, I just wanted to see it. Once I finally did, I was not impressed, I was actually pretty upset.

    To start off, I will tell you the OS version. I looked and it said a few numbers and periods and the last two were .61, then there was a (82) in perenthesis right after the .61. I didn't know what the (82) was, anybody know?

    I have a few things to complain about. The main thing, it. was. so. so.so.so.so. SLOW. I could not even believe it. It was literally so slow, it was unusable. I didn't even know what was going on most of the time, thats how bad it was. Since that was my biggest complaint, I am sure hoping that version is not the one that is being sold. Is that the version being sold?

    While I was TRYING to use this phone, it would randomly go to clock, and sit there and i could not escape it. Then since everything else seemed so terrible, I went to try the video quality. I played the movie clip and waited about 2 min and it finally started, but hey, of course only the audio played. No picture. Then some controls poped up, and looked like they were for sure not meant to be placed there. The phone then crashed and froze, with the sound still blasting and I looked really dumb sitting there not knowing what to do, so I left the phone there and left.

    For the hardware problems, I have just a few. My main complaint was the screen. It was loose!! The screen was wobbly and it shifts around. Like I could put my thumb on the screen and move it around and it would shift up down side to side on the device. This was very unassuring, it didn't feel solid. Yes, there IS a gap around the edge, and I was affraid that it could be a problem. You cant really notice it, that much, but I could see that it is possible that dust and debris could easily get into it and mess things up.

    Typing.
    Typing was a complete nightmare. I really am not exaggerating when I say how very hard. I mean, I wanted to love this phone maybe even more than alot of you, but it just wasnt working for me. I could not type for my life and it seemed the space bar was barely working, you had to hit it in a precise spot each time.

    I could not even open the browser because it was too slow, so I have nothing to say for it.

    What I liked is that the phone looked incredibly cool, and I know that this phone has ALOT of potential. If they could just make the big button fit more perfectly, no gap or shifting, it would be much better. Also if they used a more sturdy glass for the screen, or glass in general (because it felt like plastic). I really do like the concept of the click screen, the only thing it messes up is the typing. If I buy this phone I could possibly get used to it, but i doubt it. It would be a ton better if they made the onscreen keyboard alot bigger (why is that so hard? why dont they just make the qwerty board alot bigger?). This phone would also be 100% better if it is sold with a MUCH better OS version. I really wanted this to finally be the perfect phone for me and I really wanted to love this phone, I thought at least something could be done right, but apparently not...

    Sorry I know I am giving way to much detail and you probably dont want to read all this, but I just had to get it out.
    The display version in MOST of the stores are with either the older OS OR the .82 that was found to be UNSTABLE. Most people that are on here reporting their impressions are NOT reporting the slowness that you reported from the display model. My suggestion, get an UPDATED version of the storm from a friend or co-worker & see how you like that one. If this is your first blackberry to be honest I suggest you go with a Curve FIRST before you buy the bold. BB has its on OS & its own quirks that will take some time getting used to. Good Luck!
    11-21-08 09:02 PM
  4. tfalsetta's Avatar
    I was not happy eitherÖ.I do not like how the keyboard is qwerty only when turned sideways. Keys feel funny too. It made me realize that I can operate my Curve with one hand & just canít do that with the StormÖI pass on it
    11-21-08 09:04 PM
  5. mulder's Avatar
    I would say it's sluggish, not slow slow slow. You should definitely reserve your judgment until you use a new, out of the box storm.
    11-21-08 09:10 PM
  6. destro23's Avatar
    I posted a thread earlier and it seems that a lot of people that are now going to wait till Dec 5th like me(10:30am est phone order) or Dec 15th.

    Alot of people are now thinking twice about getting this phone i think this wait is not a good thing.

    All the while... the stores will be getting drop shipments in while we wait till december??

    So someone can walk in tomorrow morning and pick one up on s#it luck..
    11-21-08 09:10 PM
  7. kris123's Avatar
    I would say it's sluggish, not slow slow slow. You should definitely reserve your judgment until you use a new, out of the box storm.
    I wish I could, I really want to see how this phone works with a better OS version. If I see one with the beter version then the only problem I would have is the typing.
    11-21-08 09:12 PM
  8. kris123's Avatar
    I posted a thread earlier and it seems that a lot of people that are now going to wait till Dec 5th like me(10:30am est phone order) or Dec 15th.

    Alot of people are now thinking twice about getting this phone i think this wait is not a good thing.

    All the while... the stores will be getting drop shipments in while we wait till december??

    So someone can walk in tomorrow morning and pick one up on s#it luck..
    I can't wait any longer we have already been waiting rediculously way to long.
    11-21-08 09:13 PM
  9. mulder's Avatar
    I wish I could, I really want to see how this phone works with a better OS version. If I see one with the beter version then the only problem I would have is the typing.
    The nice thing is that apparently we have until 1/15/09 to return the storm. I may keep it until then and see if any compelling updates or apps come out for it. Like you suggested, if everything else becomes really good, maybe we can live with the crappy typing.
    11-21-08 09:18 PM
  10. Dave88LX's Avatar
    I really want to like this phone, I've got $200 to spend on a phone, I want to like it.
    11-21-08 09:19 PM
  11. cabinets's Avatar
    I really want to like this phone, I've got $200 to spend on a phone, I want to like it.
    Save your $200.00. Trust me.
    11-21-08 09:37 PM
  12. mulder's Avatar
    Save your $200.00. Trust me.
    Or keep your curve and use the $200 for an ipod touch.
    11-21-08 09:38 PM
  13. bass's Avatar
    To me it sounds like the one you played with had a ton of apps in the background running. If I open everything I can, and leave it open I can make my phone do the same thing you described. BBs are NOT like every other phone out there.
    11-21-08 09:57 PM
  14. r.santa1's Avatar
    i agree with everythn kris posted is what i found on display model. You would think they would have the floor model cleaned out and wrking like a racehorse for people to try.

    not a good example to walk in and try to use the piece o crap floor model and not a clean one....bad for biz for both vzw and rim
    11-21-08 10:01 PM
  15. mulder's Avatar
    To me it sounds like the one you played with had a ton of apps in the background running. If I open everything I can, and leave it open I can make my phone do the same thing you described. BBs are NOT like every other phone out there.
    Good point.
    11-21-08 10:08 PM
  16. kris123's Avatar
    Good point.
    I think I will give the Storm another chance, as I am beggining to understand that it was just a bad Storm/OS.
    11-21-08 10:23 PM
  17. CrackisWackBerryisNOT's Avatar
    i agree with everythn kris posted is what i found on display model. You would think they would have the floor model cleaned out and wrking like a racehorse for people to try.

    not a good example to walk in and try to use the piece o crap floor model and not a clean one....bad for biz for both vzw and rim
    VERY VERY good point. But wireless store are know for this & they don't at all seem to realize that they are hindering their devices & their sales but allowing this to occur.
    11-21-08 10:26 PM
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