The OS 5 Boot Test: Storm2 vs Storm 9530 vs Bold 9700 vs Bold 9000

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Booting up a BlackBerry is incredibly frustrating and slow. Usually it’s best to take the old proverb “a watched pot never boils” and just leave it in your pocket for a of couple minutes and check back. At least with OS 5 we get a status bar showing relatively how long it will be until you can get busy on your BlackBerry again.

Here I have 4 BlackBerrys, all with OS 5 loaded. Two are official OS 5 builds, and 2 are leaks. We’re going to put in the battery at the same time (or as close to the same as possible), and see which one loads first. Here are the contestants:

Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 OS 5.0.0.320 (this is what it came shipped with)
TELUS Storm 9530 OS 5.0.0.328 (I think this is the latest leaked)
T-Mobile Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.330 (out of the box OS)
Rogers Bold 9000 OS 5.0.0.411 (I believe this is the latest leak)

The winner? Check out the video after the jump.


[YouTube link]

1: Rogers Bold 9000 OS 5.0.0.411
2: TELUS Storm 9530 OS 5.0.0.328
3: Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 OS 5.0.0.320
4: T-Mobile Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.330

The winners came in first and second according to the most recent OS build. The winners were both leaked OS builds, while the out-of-the-box OS devices came in 3rd and 4th. For the most part, the newer the OS the faster your device will boot. Now we need to figure out why the Storm2 loads faster than the 9700, which has a newer OS, and I believe a faster processor.

Stay tuned as we’ll tell you all about what is going on during the boot and what factors influence a faster or slower boot time.

  • mikel

    I don’t know if its just me, but I’m running on a Bold 9000/5.0.0.411 and as fast as it is to boot, it comes at a price… Sometimes taking a huge chunk of battery power on every reboot. Can some one else try rebooting a few times sequentially?

  • mikel

    I don’t know if its just me, but I’m running on a Bold 9000/5.0.0.411 and as fast as it is to boot, it comes at a price… Sometimes taking a huge chunk of battery power on every reboot. Can some one else try rebooting a few times sequentially?

  • mikel

    I don’t know if its just me, but I’m running on a Bold 9000/5.0.0.411 and as fast as it is to boot, it comes at a price… Sometimes taking a huge chunk of battery power on every reboot. Can some one else try rebooting a few times sequentially?

  • Joe

    I performed this same test alongside the video with my 9700 and my 9700 running OS 5.0.0.421 booted up in 3mins 14secs. And I should also note u have about 19 3rd pty apps installed and am at 100 mb of free memory. Anyone else notice the same or different?

  • Joe

    I performed this same test alongside the video with my 9700 and my 9700 running OS 5.0.0.421 booted up in 3mins 14secs. And I should also note u have about 19 3rd pty apps installed and am at 100 mb of free memory. Anyone else notice the same or different?

  • zax

    i think this test did not compare the processor speeds of the devices…

  • zax

    i think this test did not compare the processor speeds of the devices…

  • http://yettas.com/ pete

    meanwhile my VZW Tour – even brand new – takes about 7 minutes to boot..

  • http://yettas.com/ pete

    meanwhile my VZW Tour – even brand new – takes about 7 minutes to boot..

  • http://yettas.com pete

    meanwhile my VZW Tour – even brand new – takes about 7 minutes to boot..

  • Shaun C.

    Are these fresh installs or are they devices loaded with various 3rd party apps? Knowing that, certainly impacts the validity of this test.

  • Shaun C.

    Are these fresh installs or are they devices loaded with various 3rd party apps? Knowing that, certainly impacts the validity of this test.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Shaun C – I’d say they’re all equally “loaded” with apps. The 9700 may have a couple more than the others, which might explain why it takes over 5 minutes, but relative to the other devices, I don’t think it could explain such a long wait time. I could redo the test with each device totally clean.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Shaun C – I’d say they’re all equally “loaded” with apps. The 9700 may have a couple more than the others, which might explain why it takes over 5 minutes, but relative to the other devices, I don’t think it could explain such a long wait time. I could redo the test with each device totally clean.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    Also, I put loaded in quotes because we’re only talking about 5 apps for each device. The 9700 has 8.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    Also, I put loaded in quotes because we’re only talking about 5 apps for each device. The 9700 has 8.

  • DavidB

    I think for the numbers to be even close to considered valid they need to be run on a “clean” device. No apps, no themes, no nothing but the factory OS.

    Oh, and 50.0.328 for the Storm isn’t a “leak”. It was officially released by Verizon the weekend before the Storm2 launched. To be fair of course Telus has NOT released it so in that case it’s not an “official” Telus release but it IS official. You SHOULD benchmark it against the “official” Telus 4.7.0.122.

  • DavidB

    I think for the numbers to be even close to considered valid they need to be run on a “clean” device. No apps, no themes, no nothing but the factory OS.

    Oh, and 50.0.328 for the Storm isn’t a “leak”. It was officially released by Verizon the weekend before the Storm2 launched. To be fair of course Telus has NOT released it so in that case it’s not an “official” Telus release but it IS official. You SHOULD benchmark it against the “official” Telus 4.7.0.122.

  • DavidB

    I think for the numbers to be even close to considered valid they need to be run on a “clean” device. No apps, no themes, no nothing but the factory OS.

    Oh, and 50.0.328 for the Storm isn’t a “leak”. It was officially released by Verizon the weekend before the Storm2 launched. To be fair of course Telus has NOT released it so in that case it’s not an “official” Telus release but it IS official. You SHOULD benchmark it against the “official” Telus 4.7.0.122.

  • DavidB

    I think for the numbers to be even close to considered valid they need to be run on a “clean” device. No apps, no themes, no nothing but the factory OS.

    Oh, and 50.0.328 for the Storm isn’t a “leak”. It was officially released by Verizon the weekend before the Storm2 launched. To be fair of course Telus has NOT released it so in that case it’s not an “official” Telus release but it IS official. You SHOULD benchmark it against the “official” Telus 4.7.0.122.

  • http://blog.immmooo.com/ Owen

    My Bold2 launches fastest among all of my phones. Perhaps it has the lest applications on it. Just got it yesterday.

  • http://blog.immmooo.com Owen

    My Bold2 launches fastest among all of my phones. Perhaps it has the lest applications on it. Just got it yesterday.

  • Kingding007

    i just tested my bold 9700 with Bell and i hit 2 mins and 5 secs. I have 9 3rd party apps….?!?!?!?!?

  • Kingding007

    i just tested my bold 9700 with Bell and i hit 2 mins and 5 secs. I have 9 3rd party apps….?!?!?!?!?

  • munyaradzi mwashusha

    my bold9700 also takes more than 3mins when rebooting.may its because i loaded many apps