Top 5 small improvements on the Storm 2 versus Storm 9530

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Yes, the biggest improvement in the Storm 2 is the typing technology and the ease at which you can type on the touchscreen. Typing on the Storm 2 is a more reassuring feeling versus the 9530, and it is far easier than typing on other touchscreen devices such as the iPhone. Another huge improvement is the addition of WiFi.

But what about everything else? There are a host of small improvements on the Storm 2 that don’t get as much exposure but will provide you with a little added comfort.

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The SIM card is easier to remove

The BlackBerry Storm2 has a little opening in the back of the SIM card slot that helps in removing your SIM card. On the Storm 9530, you had to use a technique involving pinching the top of your SIM card, pulling up slightly and pulling out. For someone who switches SIM cards a lot, this is a great little improvement.

The battery cover is easier to remove

Personally, I wasn’t elated about the battery cover on the Storm 9530/9500. The original Storm required you to lift two latches on either side of the battery door, and it wasn’t the most convenient system. The Storm 9550 has the same battery door opening as the Curve 8520, making it much more convenient to open.

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There is a power button on the top

Where the original Storm had a lock button, it has been replaced with a power button. This is a nice change in that the button serves a dual purpose. It will put your device in lock/sleep mode and if you hold it down, your device will power off.

The convenience keys are rubberized

The new rubberized convenience keys have been showing up on all of RIM’s latest devices including the Curve 8520. Like the trackpad, this seems to give the device a longer shelf life and will go a long way to keeping your device pristine.

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The Speaker is on the bottom of the device

If you do a lot of conference calling, or you enjoy putting people on speakerphone, you will really appreciate this new feature. Having the speaker on the bottom of the phone means you get much more clarity from your speakerphone conversations.

We’ll have more Storm2 content coming at you soon.

  • sprotsman

    I hope they bring this to T-Mo.

  • sprotsman

    I hope they bring this to T-Mo.

  • http://www.best-choice-tech.com/ maria

    very useful thanks alot

  • http://www.best-choice-tech.com/ maria

    very useful thanks alot

  • cletis

    So speaker was on the bottom on the Storm 1, too.

  • cletis

    So speaker was on the bottom on the Storm 1, too.

  • cletis

    (I meant to type “*The* speaker,” not *So* speaker.”

  • cletis

    (I meant to type “*The* speaker,” not *So* speaker.”

  • austin

    The speaker was on the back of the device. It is now on the bottom lip. On the S1 they had raisers on the back around the speaker.

  • austin

    The speaker was on the back of the device. It is now on the bottom lip. On the S1 they had raisers on the back around the speaker.

  • murphythadog

    There are a couple of things I WISH they would do on all devices. Relocate the MicroUSB and Headphone jack to either the top or the bottom (bottom preferably) of the device. When I’m driving I keep my Storm 1 on the charger which comes out the left side of the device. I also plug it into my Alpine on the righ side. Its not really convenient when a call comes in. Also while walking and listening to music with the device in your pocket the device becomes wider, if it was at the top or bottom it would only be longer, narrow is better in the pocket and in the car. I like how they are not propietary but if they were on the bottom it would make for a better flow. Just my 2 pesos.

  • murphythadog

    There are a couple of things I WISH they would do on all devices. Relocate the MicroUSB and Headphone jack to either the top or the bottom (bottom preferably) of the device. When I’m driving I keep my Storm 1 on the charger which comes out the left side of the device. I also plug it into my Alpine on the righ side. Its not really convenient when a call comes in. Also while walking and listening to music with the device in your pocket the device becomes wider, if it was at the top or bottom it would only be longer, narrow is better in the pocket and in the car. I like how they are not propietary but if they were on the bottom it would make for a better flow. Just my 2 pesos.

  • lexo

    Yes, the storm 2 does look very attractive plus i love that the screen doesn’t click while off………..i wonder how they did that? probebly little electro magnets.

  • http://google lexo

    Yes, the storm 2 does look very attractive plus i love that the screen doesn’t click while off………..i wonder how they did that? probebly little electro magnets.

  • dee

    ok it says the battery cover is easier to remove because it is like the curve. i just got this phone, its my first blackberry, and i have spent the first half hour since receiving it trying to open the cover, and then another half hr googling how to open it. someone pls tell me before i throw it under a bus
    (yes it might just be me being stupid)

  • dee

    ok it says the battery cover is easier to remove because it is like the curve. i just got this phone, its my first blackberry, and i have spent the first half hour since receiving it trying to open the cover, and then another half hr googling how to open it. someone pls tell me before i throw it under a bus
    (yes it might just be me being stupid)

  • john debusk

    i hope they do come out with and upgrade program but im still gonna have to find out what the storm 2 is like

  • john debusk

    i hope they do come out with and upgrade program but im still gonna have to find out what the storm 2 is like

  • http://www.ProOnGo.com/ Dave

    I can’t remove the battery on the Storm 2 either. I feel really stupid, especially since it is supposed to be easier to remove.

  • http://www.ProOnGo.com Dave

    I can’t remove the battery on the Storm 2 either. I feel really stupid, especially since it is supposed to be easier to remove.

  • jakalgeist

    Use a little knife to get under the tab and pry it up. Trust me, you won’t break it. Just pop the bottom of the cover up at the “notch”. If your BlackBerry is on Verizon the notch is right below the Verizon logo at the bottom of the backplate.

    >>>> I can’t remove the battery on the Storm 2 either. I feel really stupid, especially since it is supposed to be easier to remove.

  • jakalgeist

    Use a little knife to get under the tab and pry it up. Trust me, you won’t break it. Just pop the bottom of the cover up at the “notch”. If your BlackBerry is on Verizon the notch is right below the Verizon logo at the bottom of the backplate.

    >>>> I can’t remove the battery on the Storm 2 either. I feel really stupid, especially since it is supposed to be easier to remove.

  • Cindy

    I own the Storm 1 and i love it, not long after i got it i went back down the VZ to ask what was the difference, and pretty much they said nothing big. After i left i upgraded my software on my phone to the software that the S2 has. Which is 5.0 or something instead of 4.7 and made all my apps speed up and pretty much made everything like the S2. In the review it said something about Auto-Correct when your typing a message and after i upgraded i could tell a difference.

    So to anyone that has a Storm1 and wants a Storm2 then just simply upgrade your software and pretty much everything will be the same besides the outer features obviously.

    Unfortunetly if you buy hard cases or covers for them beward that they are different sizes so it wont fit

  • Cindy

    I own the Storm 1 and i love it, not long after i got it i went back down the VZ to ask what was the difference, and pretty much they said nothing big. After i left i upgraded my software on my phone to the software that the S2 has. Which is 5.0 or something instead of 4.7 and made all my apps speed up and pretty much made everything like the S2. In the review it said something about Auto-Correct when your typing a message and after i upgraded i could tell a difference.

    So to anyone that has a Storm1 and wants a Storm2 then just simply upgrade your software and pretty much everything will be the same besides the outer features obviously.

    Unfortunetly if you buy hard cases or covers for them beward that they are different sizes so it wont fit

  • Cindy

    I own the Storm 1 and i love it, not long after i got it i went back down the VZ to ask what was the difference, and pretty much they said nothing big. After i left i upgraded my software on my phone to the software that the S2 has. Which is 5.0 or something instead of 4.7 and made all my apps speed up and pretty much made everything like the S2. In the review it said something about Auto-Correct when your typing a message and after i upgraded i could tell a difference.

    So to anyone that has a Storm1 and wants a Storm2 then just simply upgrade your software and pretty much everything will be the same besides the outer features obviously.

    Unfortunetly if you buy hard cases or covers for them beward that they are different sizes so it wont fit

  • Dcarrigan21

    Software upgrades can not get you Wifi, more system memory, improved battery door or the upgraded typing technology.. You completely ignored all of this mentioned in this article.