1. Kushtronics's Avatar
    So the BlackBerry stork is bringing me a new Storm sometime this week (I hope it's a boy, I hear the girls are a handful). I've been reading this site up and down for reviews, quirks, bugs, debugs, applications, etc... and I wanted to ask a couple simple questions so I'm prepared when that bad-boy lands on my doorstep.

    Here is a short background of who I am, as this information may (or may not) weigh in for application importance, necessity, interest... etc. :

    I am a 22 year old male. I currently do not attend school but will be returning in the Spring. Even without my college e-mail I am still checking e-mails at least 2-3 times daily. When I am attending college I usually receive/send emails about 15 times daily - and that is limited to how many times I can access a computer / time restraints. I'm very active in several online forums ranging from music to beer, so I am constantly checking those particular sites for new posts everyday. I'm a huge music and beer nut, which basically means I spend as much time as I can researching, listening, reading, etc about new things. I'm also an English major, which means I need access to Word for file-sharing and minor edits (though I'd love to write poems and short stories on the fly with only my phone!). I'm still very young, so I still like to play around quite a bit.


    I'm sure these questions have been addressed, but I don't think they've been organized in this fashion:

    1. What are the top 3 most important actions I should take upon receiving my Storm? Please exclude updates and setting up an email account - I'm not that clueless.

    2. What are the top 3 most useful applications that any CrackBerry addict would be lost without?

    3. What are the top 3 most fun applications a young man such as myself should consider downloading?

    4. What is the highest Gig card for the Storm?


    Thanks for any and all answers/comments/questions - I appreciate all input!

    Signed,
    KSHTNCS
    12-16-08 06:24 PM
  2. FUSIBLE's Avatar
    I think you're to excited as at times you were all over the place. But for starters get the crackberry launcher.
    12-16-08 06:26 PM
  3. Kushtronics's Avatar
    Yes, I'm very excited. I'm sick of having to have my laptop, ipod, and cell phone in my car at all times just so that (in the chance I pass a free WiFi hub) I can check my email/forums.
    12-16-08 06:31 PM
  4. SquirrelNuts's Avatar
    Have you tried the 9600 "Girls" yet...
    12-16-08 06:34 PM
  5. Kushtronics's Avatar
    Have you tried the 9600 "Girls" yet...
    Girls are a handful no matter how high a number you put before them. There have even been debates discussing the increase of handfuls in relation to the increase of their version number.
    12-16-08 06:44 PM
  6. Raven2260's Avatar
    Girls are a handful no matter how high a number you put before them. There have even been debates discussing the increase of handfuls in relation to the increase of their version number.
    Becareful when trying to update then check out this service request

    Tech Support Request

    Last year I upgraded Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 and noticed that the new program began creating unexpected child processes that took up a lot of space and valuable resources. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure. In addition, Wife 1.0 installs itself into all other programs and launches during system initialization where it monitors all other system activity. Applications such as Pokernight 10.3 and Beerbash 2.5 no longer run, crashing the system whenever selected. I can not seem to purge Wife 1.0 from my system. I am thinking about going back to Girlfriend 1.0 but un-install does not work on this program. Can you help me?

    - Jonathan Powell



    Dear Mr. Powell,

    This is a very common problem users complain about but is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 with the idea that Wife 1.0 is merely a "UTILITIES & ENTERTAINMENT" program.

    Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and designed by its creator to run everything. WARNING DO NOT try to un-install, delete, or purge the program from the system once installed. Trying to un-install Wife 1.0 can be disastrous. Doing so may destroy your hard and/or floppy drive. Trying to un-install or remove Wife 1.0 will destroy valuable system resources. You can not go back to Girlfriend 1.0 because Wife 1.0 is not designed to do this. Some have tried to install Girlfriend 2.0 or Wife 2.0 but end up with more problems than with the original system. Look in your manual under Warnings- Alimony/Child Support. Others have tried to run Girlfriend 1.0 in the background, while Wife 1.0 is running. Eventually Wife 1.0 detects Girlfriend 1.0 and a system conflict occurs, this can lead to a non- recoverable system crash. Some users have tried to download similar products such as Fling and 1.nitestand. Often their systems have become infected with a virus. I recommend you keep Wife 1.0 and just deal with the situation.

    Having Wife 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Protection Faults (GPFs). You must assume all responsibility for faults and problems that might occur. The best course of action will be to push apologize button then reset button as soon as lock-up occurs. System will run smooth as long as you take the blame for all GPFs. Wife 1.0 is a great program but is very high maintenance.

    Suggestions for improved operation of Wife 1.0

    Monthly use utilities such as TLC and FTD

    Frequently use Communicator 5.0



    -Tech Support
    12-16-08 07:12 PM
  7. anon(96573)'s Avatar
    This makes me laugh because for like a week striaght before the storm came out all out posts looked like this
    12-16-08 07:14 PM
  8. bbstorm4me's Avatar
    Try to be patient with it. Do not expect anything to work and then when it does you will feel better. I was patient for 3 weeks but now I am loosing patience. This thing is so buggy. a very frustrating phone. But fun when it is working.

    1. What are the top 3 most important actions I should take upon receiving my Storm? Please exclude updates and setting up an email account - I'm not that clueless.

    - say some prayers and be patient. Back the data up, back the apps up with device switch wizard, check the threads for how to do this. Read a bunch of threads on crackberry. Your about to spend tons of hours trying to figure this thing out and tons of excuses why it does not work to your friends when they try it.

    2. What are the top 3 most useful applications that any CrackBerry addict would be lost without?
    - vz navigator, great for movies time and whats playing and food locationsm and directions
    - youtube
    - google maps for the satalite view
    - Bible study - if you like reading the bible. It is a full screen reader.

    3. What are the top 3 most fun applications a young man such as myself should consider downloading?
    - your choice of the social apps I guess

    4. What is the highest Gig card for the Storm?
    - verizon sells it with an 8 gb, I think a 16 will work. The OS does not support more than 16.
    Last edited by bbstorm4me; 12-16-08 at 07:24 PM.
    12-16-08 07:17 PM
  9. jradaj's Avatar
    The big thing I'd say to remember is to understand that there is a fairly significant learning curve with the Storm, especially if you're coming from non-Blackberry phones. Give yourself a bit of time to play around with the features and get used to the phone, don't make any snap judgments about it.

    As for things to do, I'd make sure you set the Mobile Network (Options-> Mobile Network) to 1xEV, rather than Global. This is huge for saving battery life.

    I'd also suggest downloading the AutoText file that someone put up on the forums somewhere with the 20 most common words, it'll help your typing dramatically.

    If you like to keep up on news, I'd suggest the AP News app, its a great source for news of all sorts. Also, I like the YouTube and Google Maps apps. There aren't a whole lot of other super useful or fun apps, as there hasn't been much time for developers to work on them, so I'd keep an eye out for them to be popping up over the next month or two.

    The Storm comes with an 8gb card preinstalled, although you can buy a 16gb through various retailers.
    12-16-08 07:30 PM
  10. asmallchild's Avatar

    As for things to do, I'd make sure you set the Mobile Network (Options-> Mobile Network) to 1xEV, rather than Global. This is huge for saving battery life.
    I'm hesistant to change anything on my brand new Storm. May I ask why this would save battery life? It seems like I connect to 1xEV anyway since I'm not abroad.
    12-16-08 07:53 PM
  11. jradaj's Avatar
    I'm hesistant to change anything on my brand new Storm. May I ask why this would save battery life? It seems like I connect to 1xEV anyway since I'm not abroad.
    If you leave it on Global (which is the default setting, I believe), it keeps looking for GSM networks that don't exist. Basically, it drains the battery like it would if you were driving through an area with spotty coverage, since it constantly tries to locate and connect. If you set it to 1xEV, it stops searching for other networks and stays on Verizon's 3G service.

    My battery went from dropping 60% in 3 hours with no use when Global was selected, to lasting 2 days with moderate usage before needing a charge with 1xEV selected.
    12-16-08 09:21 PM
  12. asmallchild's Avatar
    sweet, i think i'll make that change then.

    although my battery life thus far has been pretty solid
    12-16-08 09:29 PM
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