Telus BlackBerry Storm: Hands On Impressions

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After spending some extended time with the Telus BlackBerry Storm, it’s now my pleasure to share my impressions with all the Canuck Storm Chasers out there. Hit the jump to read more about Application Center and OS information, multimedia features, texting, and some price/release date speculation.

Where to begin? Well let’s start first with what immediately stood out about the OS. First of all, let me state that the Telus Storm OS is not yet final. Telus has yet to confirm/load which applications will come on the Storm (this should be happening very soon), and I was told that they were still tweaking the OS for performance. I wasn’t told whether the optimization is for use on Telus’ network or the touchscreen interface, but I did notice a slight delay in letters appearing on the screen while I texted. I also had a bit of trouble getting the accelerometer to switch from portrait to landscape mode consistently, but I think this was due to blogger FAIL than anything else.

Interestingly, the Telus Storm did not feature the BlackBerry Application Center that launched with the Verizon Storm. When I asked about its absence, I was told that Telus was ‘looking into it’ and ‘eager to talk to RIM’. While I wasn’t able to snag a peak at the OS version, the tweaking and the lack of apps or App Center leads me to believe that the Telus Storm will launch with something higher than OS 4.7.0.65. Now might be a good time to mention that I’ve heard RIM is hoping to release either a .70 or .72 version to carriers this week.

But let’s focus more on what was feature on the Telus BlackBerry Storm. If you’ve read my earlier post, you’d know this already, but I can confirm the Telus Storm will launch with an 8GB MicroSD card. Pre-loaded on the card comes a boat load of great music and music videos from Canadian label Arts and Crafts. This is an extremely smart consumer move on Telus’ part, and will appeal to the university student crowd eying the iPhone. Here’s hoping Telus takes this relationship to the next level and does some sort of Storm Rocks concert series for the average consumer featuring some Arts and Crafts bands. You can read more about the whole arrangement here.

Telus BlackBerry Storm

As you can see from the picture above, videos like the one above look great on the BlackBerry Storm. As you may know, the Storm sports the Bold’s HVGA resolution, but on a larger 3.25 inch screen. This means that the Storm sports a lower pixel density than the Bold, and thus it’s videos are only ‘sharp’ instead of ‘crazy insane sharp’, but the trade off is that videos are much easier to watch from farther away on the large screen; I think it’s a trade off most people would make.

The picture below comparing the Storm’s camera to the Bold’s shows that the Storm is as good at capturing media as it is displaying it. You can read more about my camera comparison here. The Storm’s screen is also much brighter and it’s speakers much louder than the Bold, pushing it over the top as the best multimedia BlackBerry around.

Telus BlackBerry Storm

  • Kyle

    After reading as much as I can review wise (mostly based on the south of the border version) on the Storm, a Telus take is greatly appreciated.

    Eagerly awaiting every bit of performance info you can give. I’ll admit my biggest concerns from what I’ve read so far have to do with the screen’s “wiggle ability”, the phone’s responsiveness overall and OS bugs/inconveniences.

  • Kyle

    After reading as much as I can review wise (mostly based on the south of the border version) on the Storm, a Telus take is greatly appreciated.

    Eagerly awaiting every bit of performance info you can give. I’ll admit my biggest concerns from what I’ve read so far have to do with the screen’s “wiggle ability”, the phone’s responsiveness overall and OS bugs/inconveniences.

  • http://blackberryunderground.com/ Andrew

    Why is Rim having Such trouble getting their stuff out the door in ready form, they are an Amazing Company with the best SmartPhone product around, solid, performance, good fell and comfort and reliable…until recently when it started its consumer push, we all want the next best thing, and we all want to be early adopters , but I think they need to pull back and come at this differently.

    Rim I love YA

    Andrew
    http://www.blackberryunderground.com
    A truly Social Network for Blackberry Users and Abusers

  • http://blackberryunderground.com Andrew

    Why is Rim having Such trouble getting their stuff out the door in ready form, they are an Amazing Company with the best SmartPhone product around, solid, performance, good fell and comfort and reliable…until recently when it started its consumer push, we all want the next best thing, and we all want to be early adopters , but I think they need to pull back and come at this differently.

    Rim I love YA

    Andrew
    http://www.blackberryunderground.com
    A truly Social Network for Blackberry Users and Abusers

  • Marvin

    Hey there, I’m wondering if you can answer this question about the Storm. All BB’s have a magnet approx. 10mm from the bottom that put the device into sleep mode when placed in their leather case. do you know how this function works with the new BB Storm?
    thanks

  • Marvin

    Hey there, I’m wondering if you can answer this question about the Storm. All BB’s have a magnet approx. 10mm from the bottom that put the device into sleep mode when placed in their leather case. do you know how this function works with the new BB Storm?
    thanks

  • Pete

    I’ve had several Google ads from Telus on web pages I’ve visited that showed the Storm and they all said “from $299.99″ I’m hoping you’re correct, though as I’m not on contract, the off-contract price will likely not change anyway.

  • Pete

    I’ve had several Google ads from Telus on web pages I’ve visited that showed the Storm and they all said “from $299.99″ I’m hoping you’re correct, though as I’m not on contract, the off-contract price will likely not change anyway.

  • Mike

    I love Blackberry! So, I am deaf and still have Blackberry Pearl. I’m wonder to know if either one of Bold or Storm have provide for the deaf and hard of hearing access for communication like, Relay, TTY, text message,and Blackberry messenger, or much more. I know iPhone has a problem with keyboard.
    Mike

  • Mike

    I love Blackberry! So, I am deaf and still have Blackberry Pearl. I’m wonder to know if either one of Bold or Storm have provide for the deaf and hard of hearing access for communication like, Relay, TTY, text message,and Blackberry messenger, or much more. I know iPhone has a problem with keyboard.
    Mike

  • matt

    I was just in Telus and they told me Dec. 6th release date, but the shipment will not arrive until Monday the 8th. They took my name down and put one on hold. This better be for real this time!

  • matt

    I was just in Telus and they told me Dec. 6th release date, but the shipment will not arrive until Monday the 8th. They took my name down and put one on hold. This better be for real this time!

  • ryan

    Does it come with a business card in the box to stick under the battery so the screen clicks properly?

  • ryan

    Does it come with a business card in the box to stick under the battery so the screen clicks properly?

  • Larry

    Thanks for the information on the performance of the Storm.

    I know you talked to them first hand but I seriously doubt the delay is all OS related. If that were the only problem thy would be more forthcoming about pricing. I think this has just as much to do with establishing the highest price point possible. If you look at the BB 8830 World Edition they have left the current price at $299.00 on a 3YT. If the Storm is everything they say it is the 8830 price should have been reduced by this point.

  • Larry

    Thanks for the information on the performance of the Storm.

    I know you talked to them first hand but I seriously doubt the delay is all OS related. If that were the only problem thy would be more forthcoming about pricing. I think this has just as much to do with establishing the highest price point possible. If you look at the BB 8830 World Edition they have left the current price at $299.00 on a 3YT. If the Storm is everything they say it is the 8830 price should have been reduced by this point.

  • Larry

    Thanks for the information on the performance of the Storm.

    I know you talked to them first hand but I seriously doubt the delay is all OS related. If that were the only problem thy would be more forthcoming about pricing. I think this has just as much to do with establishing the highest price point possible. If you look at the BB 8830 World Edition they have left the current price at $299.00 on a 3YT. If the Storm is everything they say it is the 8830 price should have been reduced by this point.

  • TUNA

    In speaking to the fact that people both here and south of the boarder had issues with the press, or “reviewable” units they got, those were indeed also pre-launch OS builds. You can’t judge this device on its merits as it performs with OS builds from months ago. I think its safe to say that the delay in the accelerometer and such will have been cleaned up by the new OS releases come launch date. And now that anything 4.5 and newer can accept OTA (over the air) updates on the network, its not a concern anyway.

    The tentative date is still looking to be Dec 8th, with a tentative price of $299.99 on a 3 yr and $699.99 no contract.

    My guess would be that RIM and TELUS announce an official date during the launch party on Dec 2nd at The Guvernment nightclub in Toronto.

    It does seem a little strange to wait so long for a date on this thing but I guess all good things, right?

  • TUNA

    In speaking to the fact that people both here and south of the boarder had issues with the press, or “reviewable” units they got, those were indeed also pre-launch OS builds. You can’t judge this device on its merits as it performs with OS builds from months ago. I think its safe to say that the delay in the accelerometer and such will have been cleaned up by the new OS releases come launch date. And now that anything 4.5 and newer can accept OTA (over the air) updates on the network, its not a concern anyway.

    The tentative date is still looking to be Dec 8th, with a tentative price of $299.99 on a 3 yr and $699.99 no contract.

    My guess would be that RIM and TELUS announce an official date during the launch party on Dec 2nd at The Guvernment nightclub in Toronto.

    It does seem a little strange to wait so long for a date on this thing but I guess all good things, right?

  • Mark

    If you had the device for a while you would realize that, after sucessive updates from Telus/Blackberry, this device still remains buggy. If it worked proprly I would love it, that is why I paid the bucks in teh first place. If it were free, I would not care, but the fact that I pay Telus about $175 a month after you factor in high use, LD, unlimited texting, etc. and paid upfront a couple hundred dollars AND, that is still locked in for 3 years, it is a rip off piece of crap. Telus knows it. I will go through my 3rd then will have Telus cancel my contract and I will get a decent smart phone that works. Buyer beware.

  • Mark

    If you had the device for a while you would realize that, after sucessive updates from Telus/Blackberry, this device still remains buggy. If it worked proprly I would love it, that is why I paid the bucks in teh first place. If it were free, I would not care, but the fact that I pay Telus about $175 a month after you factor in high use, LD, unlimited texting, etc. and paid upfront a couple hundred dollars AND, that is still locked in for 3 years, it is a rip off piece of crap. Telus knows it. I will go through my 3rd then will have Telus cancel my contract and I will get a decent smart phone that works. Buyer beware.

  • Mark

    If you had the device for a while you would realize that, after sucessive updates from Telus/Blackberry, this device still remains buggy. If it worked proprly I would love it, that is why I paid the bucks in teh first place. If it were free, I would not care, but the fact that I pay Telus about $175 a month after you factor in high use, LD, unlimited texting, etc. and paid upfront a couple hundred dollars AND, that is still locked in for 3 years, it is a rip off piece of crap. Telus knows it. I will go through my 3rd then will have Telus cancel my contract and I will get a decent smart phone that works. Buyer beware.