eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: BlackBerry Storm 9530 Smartphone

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: BlackBerry Storm 9530 Smartphone

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

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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.

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Web Browser

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

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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.

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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.

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Browse Away

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

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Menu Button

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

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The Eye of the Storm

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

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Removable Battery

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

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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.

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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.

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Application Center

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

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Application Control

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

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