Enterprise Mobility: eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: BlackBerry Storm 9530 Smartphone

 
 
By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2008-11-20
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: BlackBerry Storm 9530 Smartphone

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: BlackBerry Storm 9530 Smartphoneby eWEEK Labs

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: BlackBerry Storm 9530 Smartphone

Touch Away

By going without the thumb keyboard of its other BlackBerry siblings, the Storm can boast a large, touch-sensitive 480 by 360 pixel display.

Touch Away

Web Browser

One of the best uses of the BlackBerry Storm's new display space is Web browsing.

Web Browser

Portrait Keyboard

The Storm sports a built-in accelerometer, like Apple's iPhone devices. When held in portrait orientation, the Storm offers up the RIM two-letter-per-key keyboard configuration found on devices such as the BlackBerry Pearl.

Portrait Keyboard

Landscape Keyboard

When held in landscape orientation, the Storm's software keyboard spreads out into a traditional QWERTY format. We found it easier to type with the larger-button, portrait-orientation key configuration.

Landscape Keyboard

Browse Away

We experienced snappy file transfer speeds while using the Storm's Web browser.

Browse Away

Menu Button

In typical BlackBerry style, the Storm offers a pop-up, context-sensitive menu for carrying out most operations.

Menu Button

The Eye of the Storm

The Storm carries a pretty standard built-in camera, with a rather bright flash.

The Eye of the Storm

Removable Battery

The Storm's battery, out of which we squeezed over 6 hours of talk time, is removable and user-replaceable.

Removable Battery

Storage and SIM

The Storm ships with an 8GB SD card preinserted, along with a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card for using the unit's included GSM radio.

Storage and SIM

Side Buttons

In addition to its button-like touch-screen, the Storm carries physical buttons for controlling volume, locking the device screen, muting the sound, using the camera and launching the voice dial application.

Side Buttons

Application Center

The Storm offers a small set of applications to install—mostly instant messaging applications at this point.

Application Center

Application Control

True to BlackBerry form, the Storm offers a long list of security features, including granular application controls.

Application Control

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