BlackBerry Storm 2 due October 26 [UK]

Research in Motion today launched the new BlackBerry Storm 2 on Vodafone in the UK.

Vodafone is the first official carrier of the BlackBerry Storm 2 (model 9520). The new Storm 2 includes a better touchscreen for faster and smoother typing. It also features Wi-Fi, more memory on board and better performance.

  • Size - 112.5 mm x 62 mm x 13.9 mm
  • Weight - 160 g / 5.65 oz
  • Memory - 256 MB Flash memory, 2GB eMMC
  • Battery - 1400 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell
  • Battery Life - CDMA: 11.2 days standby, 5.5 hours of talk time
    GSM: 12.7 days standby, 5 hours of talk time
    UMTS: 11.7 days standby, 6 hours of talk time
  • Display - High-resolution 480 X 360 pixel color display 3.25" Transmissive TFT LCD
  • Camera - 3.2 MP camera, flash, auto focus, image stabilization, 2X digital zoom
  • GPS - Integrated GPS with A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi - 802.11 b/g enabled
  • Video format support - MPEG4 H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.264, WMV
  • Audio format support - MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA ProPlus
  • Network - Quad-Band: 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks
    Single-Band: 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks
    Dual-Band: 800/1900 MHz CDMA/EVDO Rev A network
The Storm 2 will also include the new Blackberry OS 5.0. OS 5 offers a lot of new features for BlackBerry Enterprise Server users as well as better typing accuracy, better performance and improvements in the BlackBerry browser with faster javascript and CSS processing.

Vodafone is aiming to ship the Storm 2 out to UK customers on or shortly after October 26. The device is free on 24 month plans over £35 per month. If you are interested in purchasing the device you can pre-order right now.

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I have Verizon, and would love to get this phone, but I've heard I'm required to get a data plan when all I want it for is calling people,texting, sending pix and videos and the wifi ability so I can connect to hot spots and access the internet... will this work without the data plan and just a basic plan or will Verizon force this upon me if I get it?

Whats up with the lack of storage options on it? The iPhone has a 32GB option. This comes with a measly 2GB? Sure, you can get external storage to add to it (something the iPhone lacks), but if you are going to try and compete ****ing compete.

I also didn't like the Storm's form factor when compared with the iPhone. It seemed quite a bit fatter and just had an all-around less appealing shape.

The push-in-click screen wasn't that great in the first storm. It actually slowed down typing speeds instead of increased them. It also meant that the screen had to be softer which makes it more scratch prone.

I'm interested in seeing this new storm. I think this guy at work may be getting one.

Shadrack said,
Whats up with the lack of storage options on it? The iPhone has a 32GB option. This comes with a measly 2GB? Sure, you can get external storage to add to it (something the iPhone lacks), but if you are going to try and compete ****ing compete.

I also didn't like the Storm's form factor when compared with the iPhone. It seemed quite a bit fatter and just had an all-around less appealing shape.

The push-in-click screen wasn't that great in the first storm. It actually slowed down typing speeds instead of increased them. It also meant that the screen had to be softer which makes it more scratch prone.

I'm interested in seeing this new storm. I think this guy at work may be getting one.

This and the iPhone do not target the same market.

Anyone, IMO, using a iPhone as a work/business phone should be fired.

The Storm 2 is aimed at businesses.
The iPhone is aimed for people that want to look cool and have what everyone else has.
Smartphones are phones are dedicated to work and really get used.

I don't see what was wrong with the Storm 1 in the first place. As is the usual way for me, I got Storm 1 two weeks ago not knowing Storm 2 was coming out (sigh) and I love it. I can understand why people wouldn't like the screen but for big-handed people like me it's a lot easier than the iPhone since I don't hit buttons by mistake.

Ollie Woods said,
I don't see what was wrong with the Storm 1 in the first place. As is the usual way for me, I got Storm 1 two weeks ago not knowing Storm 2 was coming out (sigh) and I love it. I can understand why people wouldn't like the screen but for big-handed people like me it's a lot easier than the iPhone since I don't hit buttons by mistake.

If you got it through Verizon I would suggest taking it back as you are given 30 days to return it no questions asked. There is a significant difference in the S1 and the S2. The S1 has a single button in the center of the screen that cannot sense clicks to the corners very well. The new S2 has 4 buttons distributed more evenly which allows better sensing of pressing the screen. The S1 was CDMA only where as the new S2 is CDMA plus WiFi which allows users to use the internet and talk on the phone at the same time. Lastly the new storm has more memory which was a problem with the older storm as people would quickly run out of app memory after installing only a few programs.

I thought RIM where having finacial problems with the lack of sales for BB.

Well thats what i was told, I don't believe it for 1 min but have failed to find any articals on the net about it.

Will be good to see what this new one is like, I thought the last one was ok.

Deacon Brown said,
I thought RIM where having finacial problems with the lack of sales for BB.

Well thats what i was told, I don't believe it for 1 min but have failed to find any articals on the net about it.

Will be good to see what this new one is like, I thought the last one was ok.

in my neck of the woods blackberry is very popular. Most people I know that have smartphones are all using blackberry. My boss and I use iPhones and the facility manager is using winmo (buy desperatly wants to change). Everyone else is BB.

No talk about the hard and soft screen thing. The screen is hard but turns soft when you touch it or something like that. It is weird!

supernova_00 said,
No talk about the hard and soft screen thing. The screen is hard but turns soft when you touch it or something like that. It is weird!

its electric this time

The first one was poor and since then this new version 2 features... "Better touchscreen" and "Better performance".