Typing on the BlackBerry Storm 2 versus the Storm 9530

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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.

  • Steve

    I’m still not sure I understand the problems people have typing on the original Storm. I switched from a slider style phone to the Storm, and once I got used to it I can type just as fast on the Storm as I did with my old phone, and with similar accuracy.

  • Steve

    I’m still not sure I understand the problems people have typing on the original Storm. I switched from a slider style phone to the Storm, and once I got used to it I can type just as fast on the Storm as I did with my old phone, and with similar accuracy.

  • DavidB

    I have no trouble typing in my Storm. And OS 5.0 makes it even better.

    But what do you Kyle by 3.25 inch half-VGA being an improvement? The size and resolution are identical between 9530 and 9550.

  • DavidB

    I have no trouble typing in my Storm. And OS 5.0 makes it even better.

    But what do you Kyle by 3.25 inch half-VGA being an improvement? The size and resolution are identical between 9530 and 9550.

  • DavidB

    I have no trouble typing in my Storm. And OS 5.0 makes it even better.

    But what do you Kyle by 3.25 inch half-VGA being an improvement? The size and resolution are identical between 9530 and 9550.

  • Mike

    I just switched from the Storm to the Storm 2. I’m not sure I’m liking the harder feel while typing on the Storm 2 but I really need to give it a chance. I liked the soft feel of the 9530 but maybe I’m just used to it. I honestly don’t see much difference between the two phones, although it appears the camera works MUCH faster than the 9530. I was having several problems after the upgrade to 5.0 otherwise I wouldn’t have made the switch.

  • Mike

    I just switched from the Storm to the Storm 2. I’m not sure I’m liking the harder feel while typing on the Storm 2 but I really need to give it a chance. I liked the soft feel of the 9530 but maybe I’m just used to it. I honestly don’t see much difference between the two phones, although it appears the camera works MUCH faster than the 9530. I was having several problems after the upgrade to 5.0 otherwise I wouldn’t have made the switch.

  • http://www.dogsarecool.com/ dom

    wowwwwww. i dont see the differeces.

  • http://www.dogsarecool.com/ dom

    wowwwwww. i dont see the differeces.

  • http://www.dogsarecool.com dom

    wowwwwww. i dont see the differeces.

  • http://www.alvervalleysoftware.com/ Barcode

    I’m currently on an old Curve, and want to upgrade, but can’t decide between Bold or Storm 2. Reason for posting here: I email quite a lot, so I’m interested in what typing on the Storm 2 is like, compared to a ‘real’ keyboard like on the Bold. Is the Bold a lot better for typing? I’d like the bigger screen on the Storm 2, but don’t know if typing on it is going to be a lot worse than a Bold or not? Help!

  • http://www.alvervalleysoftware.com Barcode

    I’m currently on an old Curve, and want to upgrade, but can’t decide between Bold or Storm 2. Reason for posting here: I email quite a lot, so I’m interested in what typing on the Storm 2 is like, compared to a ‘real’ keyboard like on the Bold. Is the Bold a lot better for typing? I’d like the bigger screen on the Storm 2, but don’t know if typing on it is going to be a lot worse than a Bold or not? Help!

  • Mike

    Barcode, after using the Storm2 for a few weeks now, I actually like it quite a bit. It’s a much firmer typing feel compared to the Storm1. It actually feels like you’re typing with real buttons. I also noticed I can type quite a bit faster than before, now that I’ve gotten used to it. Mind you, I didn’t have a Bold before but I think typing on this is quite good. If you’re not interested in doing much web surfing, maybe you should stick with the Bold. I will also say that the Storm2 has been very stable compared to the Storm1 so that’s a nice change. The WiFi is pretty cool too. I guess it comes down to features – does the Storm have features that you’ll enjoy that a bold doesn’t? If the storm2 offers more features for you than a bold, I bet you’ll end up liking it. Hope this helps some….

  • Mike

    Barcode, after using the Storm2 for a few weeks now, I actually like it quite a bit. It’s a much firmer typing feel compared to the Storm1. It actually feels like you’re typing with real buttons. I also noticed I can type quite a bit faster than before, now that I’ve gotten used to it. Mind you, I didn’t have a Bold before but I think typing on this is quite good. If you’re not interested in doing much web surfing, maybe you should stick with the Bold. I will also say that the Storm2 has been very stable compared to the Storm1 so that’s a nice change. The WiFi is pretty cool too. I guess it comes down to features – does the Storm have features that you’ll enjoy that a bold doesn’t? If the storm2 offers more features for you than a bold, I bet you’ll end up liking it. Hope this helps some….

  • originalscars

    Doesnt the new software available mean all the same features on the storm 2 can be added to the storm, which really makes mean wonder apart from wifi there is not difference.

  • originalscars

    Doesnt the new software available mean all the same features on the storm 2 can be added to the storm, which really makes mean wonder apart from wifi there is not difference.