I have a hard time taking posts like this seriously. If you can't live without ... BlackBerry Storm forum
I have a hard time taking posts like this seriously. If you can't live without a keyboard, don't buy a Touchscreen phone. But ranting about how the storm sucks, with slight mentions of the iPhones superiority seems like a fanboy in disguise. And I have a hard time picturing a journalist that not only can't spell, but doesn't know the difference between trebled and tripled. Just sounds like another hatchet job trying to spread hate towards blackberries. ~via smartphone~
I love my Storm, but is does have issues. A while back a read a post from a Fellow-Stacker about him envisioning sitting in a restaurant watching a number of Storm owners shacking their Storm to get the screen orientation to change. Well the other day I saw it really happen. Sitting in a restaurant I watched a gentleman salt his dinner, but he kept shaking and shaking putting more and more salt on it. I remember thinking how much salt do you need, but after looking closer he did not have the salt shaker in his hand, but his BB Storm, and he was just trying to get the screen to change orientation. Needless to say, I fell out of my chair laughing. *So- is shaking your Storm is as bad for your health as shaking the salt shaker? *You decide.
No, this is not the most disappointing BlackBerry put out by RIM. They have plenty of other phones to suit individual needs and just because this one doesn't suit one's needs does not mean it's the worst BlackBerry put out by RIM.
If someone chooses to spend their money on something they aren't happy with, does that make it RIM's fault? If someone is unsure about taking a chance on a new product, wouldn't it be wise to test it in-store before spending money on it?
Originally Posted by goldengirl75
Excellent post!!! Totally agree with ya on that one. People are so quick to blame someone else than to take the blame for their actions. You bought it, you don't like it, 30 day trial expired, deal with it .
What's the matter? CIA's got you pushing too many pencils?
You have a right to your opinion darkscribe but i might have to disagree with your comments on your post about th storm. i bought a GSM version vodafone storm and am using it on AT&T network. i must say that this is the best phone i've owned so far and i have owned a few in the a past. it has all the customizability of a blackberry, and better multimedia capability than an iphone. i have been able to throw any video format, DVIX, XVID, avi, mpeg, and it plays the video. keyboard takes a getting used to, but believe me it is much much better than an iphone where you take almost 5minits to compose a 3 line message because the keyboard is too sensitive and picks errors. i love the storm and maybe if someday AT&T gets a 3G version, i might switch to that.
If I had bought a Nokia or Sony, etc., then yes, if the phone wasn't up to par, then I really have no one to blame but myself. This is my fourth Blackberry and each one has been an improvement on the previous model. In this case it is not a BlackBerry in that it is not as productive as they usually are. A BlackBerry's primary purpose has always been fast response to email and this model would have to be the slowest they have ever produced. The touch screen keyboard with the pressure required to click it has made it barely functional. Waiting for that little blue light to show whether you have actually pressed the correct key or not makes it almost toy-like. It is loaded with smart/touchphone features to the detriment of its primary purpose, a fast response business/email tool.
Originally Posted by hatch.duffy
Yes, if I had taken the time to try it I would not have bought it, but stocks were temporarily out, it was the latest, most expensive and supposedly "best ever" BlackBerry according to the dealer. I had to order it and wait a couple of days for delivery. In retrospect I should have taken it back within the return period, but I persevered, thinking that maybe it was just me and that once I had adapted to the touch screen it would be as good as a BlackBerry usually is. I was wrong - it is a kid's toy, a gadget phone not a business phone. I'll look at other options. I have a Bluetooth keyboard that will pair with it, but by the time I carry a folding keybord and the Storm, I might as well carry one of those tiny Asus notebooks.
Last edited by DarkScribe; 02-05-2009 at 01:19 PM.
Hmmm. You have a hard time understanding things do you?
Originally Posted by jeremyblaze
Do you really think that I joined Pinstack several years ago with the express purpose of doing a "hatchet job" today?
BTW, trebled is correct usage - would you like me to recommend a dictionary? It means "consisting of three parts; threefold; multiplied or occurring three times; a threefold quantity or thing". Perhaps you are one of those people who forget that this is an International forum with various versions of English usage and spelling. Would you like to point out these spelling errors that seem to distress you? If they are indeed misspelled I will correct them and thank you for your input. I am an Australian with both English and Australian education. Your profile does not indicate it, but it seems that you might be American if you have a problem with British spelling.
The slight mentions (sic) (and you try to take me to task with grammar/spelling issues?) of iPhone are obvious, the Storm is in direct competition with it, RIM has made press releases to that effect.
I am not a BlackBerry hater at all, I am a BlackBerry enthusiast who is extremely disappointed with a phone like the Storm being included in the BlackBerry business lineup. Perhaps they should consider a "recreational" version of the BlackBerry and label it as such. That would avoid problems when serious business users purchase a phone that is a downgrade from their current BlackBerry. I receive up 75/80 email messages per day and have to respond to about half of them. You can't easily do that with a keyboard that you have to do battle with to make it function.
One last thing, it would be " a journalist *who* not only can't spell, not "a journalist that not only can't spell" as you would have it.
Last edited by DarkScribe; 02-05-2009 at 01:23 PM.
I had both ups and downs with the Storm since I bought my device the day it launched. I was getting furious with the multiple power cycles throughout the day, not to mention the Operating System being very slugghish.
Since upgrading to the newest (leaked) OS, I been more than pleased with the day to day operation of the Storm. I knew when I got the device that there would be problems here and there, just as Balsillie mentioned in his not so thought out 'quote of the year' last week.
The device will only continue to improve in my opinion, as RIM continue's to tweak the OS, and as developers take their applications to next level.
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Lets remember to keep it civil...attack the opinion if you want, but let's not get personal.
This Phone is amazing, nothing is made perfect point blank thats y UPDATES and UPGRADES exist, so if your gonna point out the bad it only makes sense to compare it on a scale with the good.
Last edited by GaryF; 02-05-2009 at 10:29 PM.
Originally Posted by j llama
I am somewhat reluctant to install a non-official/leaked OS, the phone came with an insert from Vodafone stressing that any unapproved software or firmware installed on the phone would void its warranty.
Has the new OS made a difference to keyboard use? That is the issue that can't see being resolved. Although I cannot return the phone, this morning I had it exchanged for another in the hope that it would be more functional, but now have a new problem. The lower half of the touch screen (in portrait orientation) is much harder to press than the centre or upper half. It requires a very hard push and there is little 'click' apparent. It has made no difference to the speed of the phone on those MS Exchange sites. Still extraordinarily slow. I will have to exchange it yet again.
Although they will not take the phone back at this stage they have offered me a much reduced price on a Bold. If the next exchange does not improve matters I might buy the Bold and put the Storm away until they resolve a few of its problems. I like the 3G speed for downloading mail with attachments, the larger screen area and the concept, but not the reality, of a touch screen. I would sooner have handwriting recognition. I am quite adept with a Palm T3 - had one for years.
I highly recommend installing leaked 22.214.171.124 OS for your device.
The way around voiding your warranty is to keep in mind what the official OS from Vodafone is and downgrade to the official OS if you have to return your device for any reason. It would not be a good idea to call Vodafone and tell them you have unauthorized software on your device.
Are you replacing the device in a store or having it shipped? You may want to call Vodafone and see if they can put a notation on your account so you can pick up your replacement device at a store to guarantee it works 100%. I only have experience with US and Canadian carriers so I am not sure if Vodafone can in fact do this, but I don't see why they couldn't.
If the leaked 126.96.36.199 I am currently using on my Verizon 9530 is any indication of the stability of the 188.8.131.52 for the 9500, I say go for it. Typing on the device has improved as well as overall functionality. I have had fatal one lock up since upgrading over the weekend, in which I had to pull the battery. I recommend a weekly battery pull for any BlackBerry device as preventative maintenence anyways, so I wasn't too concerned about it.
PinStack is here to help you in making sure you get the most out of your device. If all else fails, keep an open mind and go with the Bold. It took me a while to get used to typing with a virtual keyboard and I still make some mistakes. Good thing there is spell check however.
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I agree. Its what suits your needs and its about preference. I came from 8320 and I really like the storm. It has issues but suites my needs.
I also have the vodafone 9500 and am running .100 leaked OS. It is a improvement over .75. Try it out but I think u might need a physical keyboard if u are typing so much.
IMHO, I have been on blackberry since 2004 ("Quark" family). I changed to iphone last summer just to feel the hype. I get back to BB in just 3 months (waiting for Bold). Now I got the Storm, and I really do not miss anything from the others BB. I love it! But this is about opinions and preferences... The best phone is the one that suites your needs.
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