11-21-08 04:00 PM
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  1. Stang68's Avatar
    Hey everyone,

    As most of you Vets know, I have been wanting this phone since June. I remember when there was only 4 topics in this forum! Well, we are less than 24 hours away and I am so excited!

    Anyways, I have been calling the Circuit Citys around my area and today I finally struck gold! My local Circuit City had a Storm to play around with! I drove there and walked up to the counter and said, "Hi, I called earlier and was told you guys had a Storm to play with?" They all looked at me and said, "Who told you that?" They all laughed and one of them held it up and was like, "I'm not giving it to him, I dont want to get in trouble!" So one of the other guys took it and gave it to me as I promised not to run out of the store with it .

    We all have heard about the size and weight and everything like that, so I wont talk about it too much. It is thinner than the Curve, heavier, and feels amazing in the hand. Donezo, end of conversation. This thing feels great and is thin enough for the pocket. Don't listen to reviewers who say, "Uh, well its bigger than the iPhone...so it sucks!" Please, the iPhone is basically the same size.

    The OS version I played with was .65 and I will say that while I had a few hiccups in the navigation of the phone, it was not very bad at all. But I can confirm that tomorrow's Storms will either have .80 installed on them or they will be OTA updated with it. The rep I was talking with was actually in the middle of flashing a Storm to .80 while I was there. The accelerometer was a little slow, but nothing that irked me too much.

    The first thing I tried out was scrolling in the menu of the homescreen and I gotta say, it was very nice! The videos we have seen probably didnt know they could change the sensitivity of it because the one I used was very, very smooth. Scrolling in the browser was very smooth and so was scrolling in any sub-menu.

    After that I immediately went to compose an email/SMS. I just HAD to try the typing, right? I first tried the SureType and I have never used it on a Pearl and I must say, it was very, very cool. It worked great and I could type almost as fast on my Curve using the SureType keyboard; and this was my first time typing on a Storm! I am going to be using the SureType a lot . I then flipped the phone (waited for the keyboard) and began typing on the full QWERTY. While I made a few mistakes, I found it extremely enjoyable. I wasnt as fast as on the SureType, but with time I can see myself FLYING on this keyboard. I had trouble when I first got my Curve, but now I am extremely fast on it. I expect the same to happen on the Storm .

    After doing a little more typing, I went to the camera application. I had heard that it was slow at taking pictures so I wanted to see if this was true. I lined up the photo, pressed the button, saw the auto-focus work, and voila! The picture was taken in 1 second! From start to finish, the whole process took 5 seconds. Not too shabby! I had my friend Dan with me and I took a picture of him, check it out:
    Looks pretty decent, right? I think the camera will look even better if I took the time to line up a nice shot, but for now, I am happy with it. One of the only times I had some lag (edit: really bad lag) was when I was trying to send the picture. I clicked the "send picture" button and clicked on "Email". That was a bad idea because the phone was not set up to send email yet, so it tried bringing me to the Set-up manager, I exited out, and thats when it started to lag. One part of the screen was there while the picture of Dan was not, and I waited for about 20 seconds before I got the "Send as MMS" option. I did that and it sent it in 5 seconds! That was fast!

    After the camera app, I went to the Media Center and played the ever-popular Babylon AD clip. It was amazing. The sound was so loud I had to lower it so people didnt walk over, hoping to look at the Storm, too . The picture, as you all know, was basically HD quality. I am going to be loading some movies onto my 8gb card tomorrow night! I didn't have time to look at the music app, but I am sure it is like the Curve's only!

    One of the main reasons I got a Blackberry was for the ultra-reliable and syncable calendar. Every single thing I do goes into my Curve's calendar. Thats right, everythin-...hold on. My Curve is telling me I have to go to the bathroom...be right back........... Ahhh...ok, I'm back, sorry. So, the calendar...how did it fair? Well, at times it was good, and at other times it was a little iffy. Selecting a day and time in that day was easy, but when I tried fine tuning the event, I had some trouble. I couldnt just go to the time and type in, say, 5pm. It was a little harder. I even had to click it a couple of times to make it register. Maybe that was the .65 OS...I hope.

    In conclusion, this phone is going to be great. I am looking forward to it even more now because I used one! The typing is definitely going to take some getting used to but I believe in the end it is going to be just as good as my Curve. To all the people who are worried because of these reviews coming out: Don't let them sway your decision! Use one in the store first! No, better yet, buy it and then use if for 30 days! If you do not like it, you can return it (for a $35 restocking fee). I can almost guarantee you will enjoy it and not return it (that browser is worth keeping it by itself!). I hope I have cleared up any doubts and would be more than happy to answer any questions .

    Thanks!

    -Stang68

    PS: Small disclaimer. I am a self-proclaimed Apple Fanboy. I own everything Mac and love it. I will never go back to a PC. I wanted an iPhone from the second it came out. If one came out for Verizon today, I would sit in the store for an hour with the Storm and iPhone in my hands, just staring at them. (I would most likely get the Storm, though. What can I say, I'm a Crackberry addict, not just an Apple fanboy!)
    Last edited by Stang68; 08-04-20 at 09:14 AM.
    11-20-08 02:55 PM
  2. magnified's Avatar
    Nice review.

    Cue the ihaters in 3, 2, 1...
    11-20-08 03:01 PM
  3. moni19's Avatar
    thanks for the review...you have made me even more excited for this phone and I know how long you have been waiting to get this phone...you're located in north jersey right? I believe i remember you saying that in one thread...anyway, which store will you be hitting up? the one in clifton or wayne?
    11-20-08 03:03 PM
  4. notabun's Avatar
    Couldn't agree more. After I played with one myself, it only reaffirmed my desire for one and now I can't wait until tomorrow morning. Good for you for enjoying your experience too!
    11-20-08 03:04 PM
  5. Crucial_Xtreme's Avatar
    I agree Stang. But you know I've been saying that for a while because I know the potential. Most of the problems cited in the reviews were SW problems and can be fixed. But it is Verizon's fault that the demo units only had .65 on it. Either way it will be fine.
    11-20-08 03:04 PM
  6. nativeray911's Avatar
    Nice review man, thanks. I just pray to the Verizon and Blackberry Gods that I can land one tomorrow.....Say hi to Conan for me I love the show. Enjoy the Storm.
    Last edited by nativeray911; 11-20-08 at 03:07 PM.
    11-20-08 03:04 PM
  7. notabun's Avatar
    Oh, when you get YOUR Storm, can you take a picture of Conan and send it to me
    11-20-08 03:05 PM
  8. Stang68's Avatar
    Oh, when you get YOUR Storm, can you take a picture of Conan and send it to me
    Haha, I actually have a pic of him on my Curve, but its crappy, crappy quality lol. I am sorry to say, though, that Conan is an iPhone 3G user...I actually helped him set it up haha. "Who's that intern/assistant who is good with gadgets? Have him help me set this thing up." lol
    11-20-08 03:11 PM
  9. freezkat's Avatar
    Thanks a lot for the review, it will keep me a tad warmer tomorrow morning in the Minnesota freezing weather waiting for the door to open!
    11-20-08 03:12 PM
  10. sdmilton's Avatar
    nice review.

    i have experienced the same issues.
    11-20-08 03:15 PM
  11. InfamousDX's Avatar
    great review
    11-20-08 03:15 PM
  12. notabun's Avatar
    Haha, I actually have a pic of him on my Curve, but its crappy, crappy quality lol. I am sorry to say, though, that Conan is an iPhone 3G user...I actually helped him set it up haha. "Who's that intern/assistant who is good with gadgets? Have him help me set this thing up." lol
    Wait till you show him the Storm... he will smash his iPhone to bits. He is one funny cat. Love him and the show.
    11-20-08 03:17 PM
  13. forest gospel's Avatar
    I was here talking about the Storms in the early months and I remember how Stang had a new thread or something every day about it =P !

    So it is reassuring to see a good review from you man. If you gave it a bad review I may have had second thoughts about it.
    11-20-08 03:17 PM
  14. Benji-nl's Avatar
    Sounds good man, thanks for the write up
    Hope you guys aren't getting the problems the UK blokes have. And I hope we wont have it here, but I think we'll have exactly the same units as the UK has.
    11-20-08 03:20 PM
  15. nativeray911's Avatar
    Show Conan the Storm on Monday and I'll bet ya he will toss his itoy.....lol
    11-20-08 03:23 PM
  16. Kholdstare's Avatar
    Honestly your review is pretty good dude! I believe what CX says too if VZW only gave out higher SW it wouldn't received such bad press as it did. Plus the only review I liked was Noah's because he is like us never touched it until then. He said the keyboard was flawed only due to how he couldn't hover his thumb over it. To be able to press the button's like how you would in a physical keyboard. The other review is KEVIN's which is what we all waiting for too!
    11-20-08 03:27 PM
  17. sarfrazfamily's Avatar
    Really nice review! thanks
    11-20-08 03:37 PM
  18. Stang68's Avatar
    Sounds good man, thanks for the write up
    Hope you guys aren't getting the problems the UK blokes have. And I hope we wont have it here, but I think we'll have exactly the same units as the UK has.
    Yeah, but I am sure once you get the OS update, you will be fine.
    11-20-08 04:04 PM
  19. dante13's Avatar
    Nice review and thanks for posting your experience with the storm. I have been wanting this phone ever since I learned that my phone was up for new every 2 and I want it so badly now.
    11-20-08 04:09 PM
  20. Sooks's Avatar
    Great review !! well done ! non bias from well a potential bias mac owner lol.. but it was GREAT .. thanks again !
    11-20-08 04:10 PM
  21. Stang68's Avatar
    Great review !! well done ! non bias from well a potential bias mac owner lol.. but it was GREAT .. thanks again !
    Haha yeah, I thought it would help my credibility if I made sure that everyone knows I am not biased!
    11-20-08 04:29 PM
  22. paa79594's Avatar
    Stang, your a big Mac user. which program do you use to sync your BB. pocketmac or missing sync?
    11-20-08 05:47 PM
  23. Stang68's Avatar
    Stang, your a big Mac user. which program do you use to sync your BB. pocketmac or missing sync?
    I use PocketMac...it does everything I need it to do. I didnt feel like paying $30 for Missing Sync lol
    11-20-08 08:33 PM
  24. That Girl from Jersey's Avatar
    I love, LOVE, love Conan!!!!

    I remember his first show ever aired.

    "Dont suck, Conan!" hahaha

    Conan <3

    oh and good review too!
    11-20-08 08:44 PM
  25. blackmannx's Avatar
    Nice review, glad to see someone wasnt swayed by the reviews on units running what amounted to beta software.. the final shipping OS is light years ahead..
    11-20-08 08:49 PM
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