Midmarket: LABS GALLERY: BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Is a Cut Above Its Predecessor

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2009-10-28
 
 
 

LABS GALLERY: BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Is a Cut Above Its Predecessor

by Andrew Garcia

LABS GALLERY: BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Is a Cut Above Its Predecessor

Storm2 9550

Gone is the mechanical suspension technique that characterized the touch screen on the first Storm. Instead, the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 uses SurePress, an electronic system that provides users with tactile feedback when the screen is pressed.

Storm2 9550

Top Edge

Hidden along the top edge are the power/lock button and the mute button, which also acts as a media pause control.

Top Edge

Left Side

The left side of the device houses a MicroUSB connector and a programmable convenience key that is set by default to trigger the voice activated dialing feature.

Left Side

Right Side

The right side of the device contains the 3.5mm headset jack, physical volume controls and another customizable action button. By default, this action button activates the still camera.

Right Side

Back Cover

The Storm2 9550 features a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, 2x zoom and image stabilization.

Back Cover

Battery Ratings

The Storm2 9550 has a 1400 mAhr Lithium cell battery that is rated for 5.5 hours of talk time and 270 hours standby time on CDMA networks. On UMTS networks, the battery rating goes up to 6 hours of talk time and 280 hours standby. Also under the hood is a SIM slot for global networks and a MicroSD slot for add-on storage.

Battery Ratings

New E-mail Wizard

BlackBerry OS 5.0 streamlines the process of attaching the device to new e-mail accounts, replacing the old browser-based registration with an easier-to-use wizard.

New E-mail Wizard

Portrait Keyboard

Users can easily switch the portrait-mode on-screen keyboard between a full QWERTY (right) and a Pearl-like iteration (left). Meanwhile, users get a full QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode.

Portrait Keyboard

Wi-Fi Inside

The Storm2 9550 improves upon its predecessor with the inclusion of 802.11b/g wireless LAN capabilities.

Wi-Fi Inside

Wi-Fi Diagnostics

The new OS on the Storm2 brings BlackBerry's Wi-Fi diagnostic tools closer to the surface, making them more accessible and easier to use.

Wi-Fi Diagnostics

Browser

Users can easily navigate to a Web page, search the Web or choose a bookmark from the same screen.

Browser

Browser Configuration

Users can control browser features such as default search engine and JavaScript behavior. Google Gears is also natively supported.

Browser Configuration

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