BlackBerry Storm 9530 OS 5.0.0.328 impressions

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I have to say, Verizon made my day/weekend with their official BlackBerry Storm 9530 OS 5.0.0.328 update. While I am not using the latest OS build on a Verizon 9530 (actually TELUS), installing it on any 9530 is very easy.

If you’re a Verizon customer, you can simply grab the update from Verizon and install it like you would any OS. If you’re on another carrier, you have to remember to delete the vendor.xml file, allowing you to use the OS update for your carrier. You will find the XML file at:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader

The first thing you will notice about this update is that the transitions between portrait and landscape have been improved. While the transition is still not perfect, it is definitely better. I personally really enjoy the use of scaled transitions between screens. It’s a subtle difference yet it makes everything easier on the eyes.

There are a host of cosmetic changes in OS 5. For example, lightly tapping an icon gives it a fading blue light, a small enhancement to the previous highlighting technique. Also, leaving your finger over a message subject or name, will now produce a light blue loading bar that will search for the respective field. Before, it was more of a sparkle wipe. Again, these are all very minor, but still something a BlackBerry enthusiast would notice.

There are also a few improvements in the way you make phone calls. You can now call someone much more easily from the SMS screen. Simply press the menu button and the call feature appears. You can also press the “call” button and a message screen pops up asking whether you would like to call the contact. The only thing RIM hasn’t implemented here is the ability to press the call button while not inside the message body. Pressing the call button in the SMS folder brings you to the dial screen. Much like pressing it on the homescreen.

While the load time for the device doesn’t seem to have improved, the loading bar has. Before, the loading bar seemed to jump, whereas now it seems much more gradual.

Storm users will particularly like that the camera is now blazing fast. There is almost zero delay when taking a picture. From the time you press the camera icon, to the time the picture is saved to your media card, is a matter of maybe 1.5 seconds. Before, it seemed this process would take around 3 seconds.

This isn’t the first time we have seen OS 5, as we have seen it on the Storm2 prerelease device we had in-house. There have also been a great number of OS 5 leaks circulating which give you a preview of what it will look like. In the end, it’s best to wait for the official release as it means all your third party apps will work smoothly, and you can be more certain it won’t brick your device.

The above impressions are more geared towards the 9530, but all BlackBerry devices running OS 5 will see improvements. You can expect the following to be rolled out on all BlackBerry devices before 2010:

  • Threaded SMS.
  • When sending pics, you can resize individual photos to 1024×768, 800×600 or 640×480 is given.
  • Flag emails for follow up. You can even change the properties of your flag, with the ability to define colors and the priority.
  • Calendar can now accept conference call information, allowing you to dial straight in.
  • RIM has updated the Maps application to render around two times as fast as they did in the past. In addition to this, scrolling around and zooming in should no longer result in lagging.


Download OS 5.0.0.328 for your BlackBerry Storm 9530 today!

  • RickyC

    I was satisfied with this update, but I agreed with Crystal that I did not really like what they have done to the SMS and MMS now. It seems as if they made it into a instant messaging program and it takes up so much space from the texts.. Can anyone tell me if there is anyway to fix this problem or how to return back to an older version how the old SMS and MMS was?

  • RickyC

    I was satisfied with this update, but I agreed with Crystal that I did not really like what they have done to the SMS and MMS now. It seems as if they made it into a instant messaging program and it takes up so much space from the texts.. Can anyone tell me if there is anyway to fix this problem or how to return back to an older version how the old SMS and MMS was?

  • RickyC

    I was satisfied with this update, but I agreed with Crystal that I did not really like what they have done to the SMS and MMS now. It seems as if they made it into a instant messaging program and it takes up so much space from the texts.. Can anyone tell me if there is anyway to fix this problem or how to return back to an older version how the old SMS and MMS was?

  • Laura

    I just updated to the new OS and I’m going to quickly go back to 4.7. Although the new transitions are cool, I HATE the new SMS set up. I thought it was a lot cleaner in 4.7 because now it just seems cluttered. If there were a way to have all of the perks of 5 but with the SMS display of 4.7 I would go for that.

    Oh and for Jon with the QWERTZ keyboard problem, go to options, language and text input, keyboard layout -> you have the option of QWERTZ, AZERTY, QWERTY or automatic.

  • Laura

    I just updated to the new OS and I’m going to quickly go back to 4.7. Although the new transitions are cool, I HATE the new SMS set up. I thought it was a lot cleaner in 4.7 because now it just seems cluttered. If there were a way to have all of the perks of 5 but with the SMS display of 4.7 I would go for that.

    Oh and for Jon with the QWERTZ keyboard problem, go to options, language and text input, keyboard layout -> you have the option of QWERTZ, AZERTY, QWERTY or automatic.

  • Laura

    I just updated to the new OS and I’m going to quickly go back to 4.7. Although the new transitions are cool, I HATE the new SMS set up. I thought it was a lot cleaner in 4.7 because now it just seems cluttered. If there were a way to have all of the perks of 5 but with the SMS display of 4.7 I would go for that.

    Oh and for Jon with the QWERTZ keyboard problem, go to options, language and text input, keyboard layout -> you have the option of QWERTZ, AZERTY, QWERTY or automatic.

  • DavidB

    The mass market complained that BlackBerry OS didn’t have threaded SMS. So this was RIM response. You can feedback your dissatisfaction at blackberry.com. Some will live it, some will hate it.

    Its different, yeah, but not upgrading a Storm 9530 to OS 5.0 because of it you really miss out on a vast improvement in the total device experience. IMHO.

  • DavidB

    The mass market complained that BlackBerry OS didn’t have threaded SMS. So this was RIM response. You can feedback your dissatisfaction at blackberry.com. Some will live it, some will hate it.

    Its different, yeah, but not upgrading a Storm 9530 to OS 5.0 because of it you really miss out on a vast improvement in the total device experience. IMHO.

  • daniel

    options/SMS text/conversation style/ select stripes vs. bubble
    I think the stripe is cleaner looking…perhaps this will help.
    Maybe a future upgrade will include the additional option of classic as seen under the new BBM 5.0 options for conversation style.

  • daniel

    options/SMS text/conversation style/ select stripes vs. bubble
    I think the stripe is cleaner looking…perhaps this will help.
    Maybe a future upgrade will include the additional option of classic as seen under the new BBM 5.0 options for conversation style.

  • Derrick T.

    I guess the moderators didn’t like the mini review I wrote a couple of days ago! :( And it wasn’t even anything bad!

    Anyways… I guess I jinxed myself on the Quick Pull. Now it doesn’t work anymore on my Storm. I pretends like it’s gonna work, but will return to the “Your device is rebooting, blah, blah, blah” screen and sit there w/ the screen on until the battery is drained. Wonder what happened…

  • Derrick T.

    I guess the moderators didn’t like the mini review I wrote a couple of days ago! :( And it wasn’t even anything bad!

    Anyways… I guess I jinxed myself on the Quick Pull. Now it doesn’t work anymore on my Storm. I pretends like it’s gonna work, but will return to the “Your device is rebooting, blah, blah, blah” screen and sit there w/ the screen on until the battery is drained. Wonder what happened…

  • Mark F

    Updated my storm to os 5 from Verizon. It is the best os on blackberry todate. I think this makes the Storm a decent phone now. The only issue I have is with the threaded SMS. I can’t stand it. It seems like it uses too space and it’s hard to search. I hope someone finds a way that allows you to go back to the old way.

  • Mark F

    Updated my storm to os 5 from Verizon. It is the best os on blackberry todate. I think this makes the Storm a decent phone now. The only issue I have is with the threaded SMS. I can’t stand it. It seems like it uses too space and it’s hard to search. I hope someone finds a way that allows you to go back to the old way.

  • LIZA

    AFTER UPDATING TO V 5.0 IM GOING BACK TO 4.7. FTER THE UPDATE MY PHONE KEEP FREEZING ON ME. IS ANYBODY HAVING THIS PROBLEM? I DELETED ALOT OF APPS AND GOT 43 MB FREE ON MY STORM.

  • LIZA

    AFTER UPDATING TO V 5.0 IM GOING BACK TO 4.7. FTER THE UPDATE MY PHONE KEEP FREEZING ON ME. IS ANYBODY HAVING THIS PROBLEM? I DELETED ALOT OF APPS AND GOT 43 MB FREE ON MY STORM.

  • LIZA

    AFTER UPDATING TO V 5.0 IM GOING BACK TO 4.7. FTER THE UPDATE MY PHONE KEEP FREEZING ON ME. IS ANYBODY HAVING THIS PROBLEM? I DELETED ALOT OF APPS AND GOT 43 MB FREE ON MY STORM.

  • DavidB

    @Liza: if you didn’t do a full wipe of your phone while installing 5.0, I would recommend doing a full wipe and install 5.0 clean. Use a tool such as BBSAK to do your wipe, backup, and OS load. It seems to do this sort of thing better than Desktop Manager. But do use DM first to backup contacts and calender and such then once your are done installing OS do a selective data restore with DM.

    You may also have some app that got restored during your upgrade and may not be fully OS 5.0 compatible. Check all critical 3rd party apps and make sure you have OS 5.0 compatible versions of them.

    HTH.

    From my BlackBerry Tour…

  • DavidB

    @Liza: if you didn’t do a full wipe of your phone while installing 5.0, I would recommend doing a full wipe and install 5.0 clean. Use a tool such as BBSAK to do your wipe, backup, and OS load. It seems to do this sort of thing better than Desktop Manager. But do use DM first to backup contacts and calender and such then once your are done installing OS do a selective data restore with DM.

    You may also have some app that got restored during your upgrade and may not be fully OS 5.0 compatible. Check all critical 3rd party apps and make sure you have OS 5.0 compatible versions of them.

    HTH.

    From my BlackBerry Tour…

  • DavidB

    @Liza: if you didn’t do a full wipe of your phone while installing 5.0, I would recommend doing a full wipe and install 5.0 clean. Use a tool such as BBSAK to do your wipe, backup, and OS load. It seems to do this sort of thing better than Desktop Manager. But do use DM first to backup contacts and calender and such then once your are done installing OS do a selective data restore with DM.

    You may also have some app that got restored during your upgrade and may not be fully OS 5.0 compatible. Check all critical 3rd party apps and make sure you have OS 5.0 compatible versions of them.

    HTH.

    From my BlackBerry Tour…

  • Christina

    I just updated my storm. on the short menu i used to just keep one line of menu grid showing and now its two and i cant figure out how to change it. I know on the old OS it was changeable. is it not changeable or am i doing it wrong?
    Im really not liking this new one really. just off the bat i had to re customize which isnt so bad. but i agree the sms sucks now. and i have a bunch of icons that i cant get rid of like slacker radio and vzw tunes and visual voice mail but now they all say ”browser” instead of what they are…

  • Christina

    I just updated my storm. on the short menu i used to just keep one line of menu grid showing and now its two and i cant figure out how to change it. I know on the old OS it was changeable. is it not changeable or am i doing it wrong?
    Im really not liking this new one really. just off the bat i had to re customize which isnt so bad. but i agree the sms sucks now. and i have a bunch of icons that i cant get rid of like slacker radio and vzw tunes and visual voice mail but now they all say ”browser” instead of what they are…

  • Christina

    I just updated my storm. on the short menu i used to just keep one line of menu grid showing and now its two and i cant figure out how to change it. I know on the old OS it was changeable. is it not changeable or am i doing it wrong?
    Im really not liking this new one really. just off the bat i had to re customize which isnt so bad. but i agree the sms sucks now. and i have a bunch of icons that i cant get rid of like slacker radio and vzw tunes and visual voice mail but now they all say ”browser” instead of what they are…

  • tsz

    not sure why i can’t upgrade my telus bb storm as well…
    i deleted the xml but still doesn’t work like the person above me…can someone help me out?

  • tsz

    not sure why i can’t upgrade my telus bb storm as well…
    i deleted the xml but still doesn’t work like the person above me…can someone help me out?

  • DavidB

    @christina:
    From the home screen press the BlackBerry button twice and select Options. Self explanatory from there.

    @tsz:
    search for and use. Loader.exe to install instead of Desktop Manager.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  • DavidB

    @christina:
    From the home screen press the BlackBerry button twice and select Options. Self explanatory from there.

    @tsz:
    search for and use. Loader.exe to install instead of Desktop Manager.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  • DavidB

    @christina:
    From the home screen press the BlackBerry button twice and select Options. Self explanatory from there.

    @tsz:
    search for and use. Loader.exe to install instead of Desktop Manager.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  • DR

    I have read through all of the responses. Very helpful by the way. However, the biggest issue I have had is battery life. Every since I upgraded to OS 5.0 my battery will deplete without even using the phone. Verizon replaced my battery. Same thing. Seems something is maybe now running in the background that wasn’t in 4.7???

  • DR

    I have read through all of the responses. Very helpful by the way. However, the biggest issue I have had is battery life. Every since I upgraded to OS 5.0 my battery will deplete without even using the phone. Verizon replaced my battery. Same thing. Seems something is maybe now running in the background that wasn’t in 4.7???

  • johnson yadigar

    hey i got a blackberry storm and i updated my phone with the new OS and now everytime i am using my phone to text or w,e the light on it will go dim even though i have turned the backlight off … please help me fix this problem
    my email is janzzyy@yahoo.com

  • johnson yadigar

    hey i got a blackberry storm and i updated my phone with the new OS and now everytime i am using my phone to text or w,e the light on it will go dim even though i have turned the backlight off … please help me fix this problem
    my email is janzzyy@yahoo.com

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  • Hussain

    i Dont see the call waiting feature yet ( I did searched everywhere in options). Can someone suggest me how to fix this problem

  • Hussain

    i Dont see the call waiting feature yet ( I did searched everywhere in options). Can someone suggest me how to fix this problem

  • Albert

    I like it alot more now also…only thing I hate is youtube does not work anymore…Im hoping they get the issue resolved quickly….Ive tried everyhting

  • Albert

    I like it alot more now also…only thing I hate is youtube does not work anymore…Im hoping they get the issue resolved quickly….Ive tried everyhting

  • Mamallan

    Call waiting feature is available
    Options=>Phone Options=>Callwaiting
    Just enable and save it

  • Mamallan

    Call waiting feature is available
    Options=>Phone Options=>Callwaiting
    Just enable and save it

  • Mamallan

    when i talk for 30 minutes, my BB gets hang, even poweroff button also not working. I use to remove my battery and resemble, then phone will work.
    even its happening for my friend phone. Any solution please share it

  • Mamallan

    when i talk for 30 minutes, my BB gets hang, even poweroff button also not working. I use to remove my battery and resemble, then phone will work.
    even its happening for my friend phone. Any solution please share it

  • DavidB

    @Mamallan:
    Try upgrading to 5.0.0.419. Much newer and I’ve found calling to be improved over .328. One question would be how is signal strength where you have this problem? A marginal signal would make your BLACKBERRY use max cellular output power thus drawing more from battery and generating more heat.

    But .419 doesn’t have that Call Waiting feature you wrote about, at least not as you describe it, if that’s a critical feature for you.

  • DavidB

    @Mamallan:
    Try upgrading to 5.0.0.419. Much newer and I’ve found calling to be improved over .328. One question would be how is signal strength where you have this problem? A marginal signal would make your BLACKBERRY use max cellular output power thus drawing more from battery and generating more heat.

    But .419 doesn’t have that Call Waiting feature you wrote about, at least not as you describe it, if that’s a critical feature for you.

  • mark

    This update is cool and it is so bad at the same time. This just reminds me why Apple is Apple and everything else is a product of Microshaft not ensuring their software works before putting it out. I have several issues with the 5.0.0.328 “update” The most annoying is NEW MESSAGES – The way text messages are now stored is not functional. It puts all of the messages from the same sender into one location and it mashes them all together. You can not start a new message and keep just that correspondence. Now it puts all of the texts that were made with that one person in one, so when you go to review that particular stream of replies it is just added to all the others. New text messages or the ones listed at the top are frozen and can not be opened intermittently. (Not more than anything) This is just annoying. You get a new text and can not open it. I found if I start a new text string (not reply) with that persons name it will then open the new message … so stupid. The other is the way the voice call feature is hanging up now. It does not give the sound when waiting for a reply as before, and only randomly will actually call a number after it says it is calling. The last issue is with Device Memory. Applications will not function or the phone will just freeze like a lame PC computer. Then it will say it is due to the Device Memory being full. After looking at the options/memory it will show for Device Memory TOTAL 879.2mb and FREE 829.7mb ? I only have like 4 applications that I chose to download, and today it said the application memory was full and asked if I wanted to delete the following applications. Again, just like “new” PC’s that have really good processors but the current Microsoft OS has so much junk loaded in that it takes all of the memory and speed to run it, thus making all that useless. I want to like this phone and it does have some great features when it works. But after seeing and using the I-Phones that my friends have it looks like a worthless little imitator of another kick butt Apple product. I would not have gotten this but Verizon does not have the I-phone and the coverage of Verizon is so much better than att that I had to stick with them … thus the Blackberry. I have the 9530 Storm.

  • mark

    This update is cool and it is so bad at the same time. This just reminds me why Apple is Apple and everything else is a product of Microshaft not ensuring their software works before putting it out.

    I have several issues with the 5.0.0.328 “update”

    The most annoying is NEW MESSAGES -

    The way text messages are now stored is not functional. It puts all of the messages from the same sender into one location and it mashes them all together. You can not start a new message and keep just that correspondence. Now it puts all of the texts that were made with that one person in one, so when you go to review that particular stream of replies it is just added to all the others.

    New text messages or the ones listed at the top are frozen and can not be opened intermittently. (Not more than anything) This is just annoying. You get a new text and can not open it. I found if I start a new text string (not reply) with that persons name it will then open the new message … so stupid.

    The other is the way the voice call feature is hanging up now. It does not give the sound when waiting for a reply as before, and only randomly will actually call a number after it says it is calling.

    The last issue is with Device Memory. Applications will not function or the phone will just freeze like a lame PC computer. Then it will say it is due to the Device Memory being full. After looking at the options/memory it will show for Device Memory TOTAL 879.2mb and FREE 829.7mb ?

    I only have like 4 applications that I chose to download, and today it said the application memory was full and asked if I wanted to delete the following applications. Again, just like “new” PC’s that have really good processors but the current Microsoft OS has so much junk loaded in that it takes all of the memory and speed to run it, thus making all that useless.

    I want to like this phone and it does have some great features when it works. But after seeing and using the I-Phones that my friends have it looks like a worthless little imitator of another kick butt Apple product. I would not have gotten this but Verizon does not have the I-phone and the coverage of Verizon is so much better than att that I had to stick with them … thus the Blackberry.

    I have the 9530 Storm.

  • JOhn

    you sound just like a little apple fan boy, but apparently you have not done your research on iphones. The iphone just like the storm wasn't perfect when it first came out, and it took over a two years just to get MMS and video recording capabilities. I've played with first and second generation iphones and my experience was almost the same to using my Motorola Razor, yet my razor actually had MMS, video recording, and features that every basic phone has yet the iphone lacked until the 3GS. Take your apple fan boy bullshit somewhere else.. nothing is perfect and it takes hours of programming, testing, and a hell of a lot more technical stuff that all your ignorant people just seem to not care about. You just want something and you want it now. That's why half the crap put out on the market never works the way it should because it was released way to early do to people whinning about it not being release yet.

  • JOhn

    you sound just like a little apple fan boy, but apparently you have not done your research on iphones. The iphone just like the storm wasn't perfect when it first came out, and it took over a two years just to get MMS and video recording capabilities. I've played with first and second generation iphones and my experience was almost the same to using my Motorola Razor, yet my razor actually had MMS, video recording, and features that every basic phone has yet the iphone lacked until the 3GS. Take your apple fan boy bullshit somewhere else.. nothing is perfect and it takes hours of programming, testing, and a hell of a lot more technical stuff that all your ignorant people just seem to not care about. You just want something and you want it now. That's why half the crap put out on the market never works the way it should because it was released way to early do to people whinning about it not being release yet.

  • Manoj

    JOhn , with all due respect, you have not replied in support of the new Blackberry OS 5.0.x. I agree that Mark seems like an overt Apple fanboy and wanted to thrash BB, but if his observations are correct about the new BB OS, then I would agree it is not a polished product and not worth upgrading to, for all its bugs. It might be better to stick to OS 4.6.