The official Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.148 impressions

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The new BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.148 has made some long awaited improvements. RIM and Verizon Wireless have done a good job of meeting many consumer demands. Although the update has been leaked for some time, it is now official and fully tested. You will now find your BlackBerry to be faster, more responsive and the camera has a neat update.

The new selection tool that we found in OS 4.7.0.132 is still around and makes the copy and paste system much easier. When selecting text, you get a little box that can be slid either way to adjust your selection. Before this update, it was very difficult to select text because it was hidden beneath your fingers. Now you can select text accurately.

One of the major updates to the BlackBerry Storm includes an improved camera interface. When you take a picture with the camera, you’ll see a preview rather than a white screen. This is helpful because you’ll know immediately whether to take another, or save the file.

Another great update to the BlackBerry Storm comes with a slightly better web browsing experience. The latest Storm update makes for a more stable BlackBerry Browser experience. The latest browser update also comes with a little green “Go” button, which should help those new to the mobile browsing experience. Other than that, expect pages to look a little better, with pictures being clearer and the browser a little faster to load.

Before the most recent update, users had to download applications such as TalkLock, to ensure that they wouldn’t press the mute, end or speakerphone button during the call. This has been fixed in the most recent update along with a few other simple adjustments to make the phone experience more enjoyable. The signal strength indicators are more accurate and calls sound a little clearer.

Overall, this is a really great update to the BlackBerry Storm and I have a new-found love for the device.

Download the Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.148 from BlackBerry.com.

See pictures of the complete changelog for the latest BlackBerry Storm update.

  • iStorm

    Rob, backup your contacts/Apps/Settings and do a “Wipe Handheld” in Options -> Security Options -> General Settings, press Menu key and select Wipe Handheld.

  • Wayne

    I noticed with the update everything was responding very slowly. I saw the hourglass (clock) alot. Even when I went to unlock the phone it would pause for a bit before I could do anything. Once I removed the battery and rebooted the phone, everything worked fine and the lag was no longer there. My only gripe is the keyboard is portrait mode is now very clumsy and makes alot of mistake. The full key board is cool, but still I prefer they keyboard of the landscape mode over that. Coincidentally, typing in landscape mode had improved dramatically, less mistakes. I wish RIM would incorporate the T9 feature on these phones. Autotext just doesnt work well.

  • Wayne

    I noticed with the update everything was responding very slowly. I saw the hourglass (clock) alot. Even when I went to unlock the phone it would pause for a bit before I could do anything. Once I removed the battery and rebooted the phone, everything worked fine and the lag was no longer there. My only gripe is the keyboard is portrait mode is now very clumsy and makes alot of mistake. The full key board is cool, but still I prefer they keyboard of the landscape mode over that. Coincidentally, typing in landscape mode had improved dramatically, less mistakes. I wish RIM would incorporate the T9 feature on these phones. Autotext just doesnt work well.

  • James

    this update is junk. it was good for about 3 days. since then my screen becomes unresponsive about 15 times a day. i cant click on anything and it will do this during the middle of a txt. all the sudden i can no longer type. so i have to remove the battery and start all over. this update was a pre-mature release, its garbage and i called this morning and went back to my curve! thanks for this update that made my life just a little bit worse!

  • James

    this update is junk. it was good for about 3 days. since then my screen becomes unresponsive about 15 times a day. i cant click on anything and it will do this during the middle of a txt. all the sudden i can no longer type. so i have to remove the battery and start all over. this update was a pre-mature release, its garbage and i called this morning and went back to my curve! thanks for this update that made my life just a little bit worse!

  • Bill

    does anyone know how to get the facebook app to act like the other blackberry facebook apps where the icons are on top of the screen and the updates are beneath them? My home page just says no messages and when i click on updates, the icons go away and i cant easily switch between them. thanks.

  • Bill

    does anyone know how to get the facebook app to act like the other blackberry facebook apps where the icons are on top of the screen and the updates are beneath them? My home page just says no messages and when i click on updates, the icons go away and i cant easily switch between them. thanks.

  • disappointed

    the new os .148 sucks, still is slow, the olny good part is the camera.
    the os still crash on media player, on websites,

  • disappointed

    the new os .148 sucks, still is slow, the olny good part is the camera.
    the os still crash on media player, on websites,

  • http://BlackberryOS.com/ watkins

    well after reading all of these horror stories……….it just doesn’t make sense to me that all of these problems are going down……i had my storm from the release date……never switched os’s until the official update……..it worked awesome….then i switched to BBCv7 which is v4.7.0.151/181 and i have transitions, the internet is faster, limited spinning clocks and it’s just an all around better os……..come over to BlackberryOS.com and check it out……tons of the questions that you guys/girls have can be answered for you

  • http://BlackberryOS.com watkins

    well after reading all of these horror stories……….it just doesn’t make sense to me that all of these problems are going down……i had my storm from the release date……never switched os’s until the official update……..it worked awesome….then i switched to BBCv7 which is v4.7.0.151/181 and i have transitions, the internet is faster, limited spinning clocks and it’s just an all around better os……..come over to BlackberryOS.com and check it out……tons of the questions that you guys/girls have can be answered for you

  • mike

    screen is not responding, had to pull the battery out

  • mike

    screen is not responding, had to pull the battery out

  • mia

    The storm is a nightmare! With the 1st one I endured lost of contact list 3 times, constant freeze ups that required the battery to be pulled, not being able to answer the phone when it rang due to touch pad freeze or the phones inability to ring. Upgraded OS which not only crashed my phone but crashed my computer as well. Finally verizon replaced it with a new one and it well for about 2- days and is now headed down the same road as the other….THIS PHONE IS A LEMON….

  • mia

    The storm is a nightmare! With the 1st one I endured lost of contact list 3 times, constant freeze ups that required the battery to be pulled, not being able to answer the phone when it rang due to touch pad freeze or the phones inability to ring. Upgraded OS which not only crashed my phone but crashed my computer as well. Finally verizon replaced it with a new one and it well for about 2- days and is now headed down the same road as the other….THIS PHONE IS A LEMON….

  • mia

    The storm is a nightmare! With the 1st one I endured lost of contact list 3 times, constant freeze ups that required the battery to be pulled, not being able to answer the phone when it rang due to touch pad freeze or the phones inability to ring. Upgraded OS which not only crashed my phone but crashed my computer as well. Finally verizon replaced it with a new one and it well for about 2- days and is now headed down the same road as the other….THIS PHONE IS A LEMON….

  • mia

    The storm is a nightmare! With the 1st one I endured lost of contact list 3 times, constant freeze ups that required the battery to be pulled, not being able to answer the phone when it rang due to touch pad freeze or the phones inability to ring. Upgraded OS which not only crashed my phone but crashed my computer as well. Finally verizon replaced it with a new one and it well for about 2- days and is now headed down the same road as the other….THIS PHONE IS A LEMON….

  • mia

    The storm is a nightmare! With the 1st one I endured lost of contact list 3 times, constant freeze ups that required the battery to be pulled, not being able to answer the phone when it rang due to touch pad freeze or the phones inability to ring. Upgraded OS which not only crashed my phone but crashed my computer as well. Finally verizon replaced it with a new one and it well for about 2- days and is now headed down the same road as the other….THIS PHONE IS A LEMON….

  • mia

    The storm is a nightmare! With the 1st one I endured lost of contact list 3 times, constant freeze ups that required the battery to be pulled, not being able to answer the phone when it rang due to touch pad freeze or the phones inability to ring. Upgraded OS which not only crashed my phone but crashed my computer as well. Finally verizon replaced it with a new one and it well for about 2- days and is now headed down the same road as the other….THIS PHONE IS A LEMON….

  • mia

    The storm is a nightmare! With the 1st one I endured lost of contact list 3 times, constant freeze ups that required the battery to be pulled, not being able to answer the phone when it rang due to touch pad freeze or the phones inability to ring. Upgraded OS which not only crashed my phone but crashed my computer as well. Finally verizon replaced it with a new one and it well for about 2- days and is now headed down the same road as the other….THIS PHONE IS A LEMON….

  • Leslie

    How did I miss this update? transferred to a Mac and been waiting for the Manager to come out and work with my phone. Finally it came out and much to my surprise there was a software update! Wow I was about ready to throw my storm out the window! SO many issues with it and this update has been sweet. Corrects a lot of the things I had issues with. Called my Blackberry buddies to make sure they had it. And like me lots didn’t

    I think I am falling in love with this phone( FINALLY ;) )

  • Leslie

    How did I miss this update? transferred to a Mac and been waiting for the Manager to come out and work with my phone. Finally it came out and much to my surprise there was a software update! Wow I was about ready to throw my storm out the window! SO many issues with it and this update has been sweet. Corrects a lot of the things I had issues with. Called my Blackberry buddies to make sure they had it. And like me lots didn’t

    I think I am falling in love with this phone( FINALLY ;) )

  • Leslie

    How did I miss this update? transferred to a Mac and been waiting for the Manager to come out and work with my phone. Finally it came out and much to my surprise there was a software update! Wow I was about ready to throw my storm out the window! SO many issues with it and this update has been sweet. Corrects a lot of the things I had issues with. Called my Blackberry buddies to make sure they had it. And like me lots didn’t

    I think I am falling in love with this phone( FINALLY ;) )

  • Leslie

    How did I miss this update? transferred to a Mac and been waiting for the Manager to come out and work with my phone. Finally it came out and much to my surprise there was a software update! Wow I was about ready to throw my storm out the window! SO many issues with it and this update has been sweet. Corrects a lot of the things I had issues with. Called my Blackberry buddies to make sure they had it. And like me lots didn’t

    I think I am falling in love with this phone( FINALLY ;) )

  • Leslie

    How did I miss this update? transferred to a Mac and been waiting for the Manager to come out and work with my phone. Finally it came out and much to my surprise there was a software update! Wow I was about ready to throw my storm out the window! SO many issues with it and this update has been sweet. Corrects a lot of the things I had issues with. Called my Blackberry buddies to make sure they had it. And like me lots didn’t

    I think I am falling in love with this phone( FINALLY ;) )

  • amz

    I thought the whole idea of updates were to make your phone work better not worse…..I'm finding since the update my phone freezes during writing a txt and it doesn't make a noise when i recieve a txt now! Is there anyway to resolve this?