In our first series of posts comparing the BlackBerry Storm 2 (Storm2) and the Storm 9530, we’re going to compare the relative typing experience.
I have been using a BlackBerry Storm for some time now, and while the typing experience is incredibly slow compared to something like the Bold, it’s not a fair comparison. A more fair comparison would be with the other touchscreen devices on the market.
Having used both devices for a while now, I thought I would put together a little video and some impressions about the relative typing experience on the Storm 9530 and the Storm2.
It’s obvious that the Storm 2 is a better typing experience, but by how much? In the above and below videos, I type the same sentence on both devices, not as any kind of proof, but just to give you an idea of how it feels. It’s this sensation and feeling of confidence that is the real difference between the devices. While the Storm 2, on average, seems faster, I would have to say that it’s the typing sensation, which is ultimately a feeling of confidence, that is the real difference.
Something that is very apparent in comparing the Storm2 with the 9530, is the huge typing improvement that comes with OS 5. With the latest software, the 9530′s typing experience is greatly improved due to RIM adding probability-based entry with advanced auto-correct. As you’re typing, you can get suggestions or change your settings to have the device auto-correct for you, making the typing experience much faster. With OS 5, there is much less separating the two devices in terms of typing experience.
As we all know, the Storm2 uses multi-touch which allows you to hold the alt key and press a number. The only problem is that while holding the alt key, you can’t really press the numbers beside it as effectively as you can press the numbers further from it. For example, holding the alt key means the numbers 3,6 and 9 are easy to press, but the number 7 is unresponsive.
Overall, I have to say that OS 5 has really closed the gap between devices in terms of typing. That being said, the improvements to the hardware such as the 3.25 inch, half-VGA glass display, makes the typing sensation much better. Typing on the 9530 has a bit too much give and the wiggle it does in the casing makes the typing experience a little off. But this has all changed with Storm2. The device is solid as a rock and after using it for some time, you’ll feel the difference.