Blackberry Storm Review and Firmware Update

blackberry storm problems

For those that already got the Blackberry Storm, there were apparently two firmware updates released (not to the general public) over the Thanksgiving weekend.

These are the reasons why sometimes it is good to wait on getting new technology (iPhone 3G anyone?)

Lets get it together and allow EVERYONE to get these updates, hmmm, RIM?

There have been several issues related by users of the Storm, including:

  • Lagging performance, especially when switching the Storm from landscape to portrait views by using its internal accelerometer
  • The OS isn’t quite as smooth as the iPhone
  • When on the phone, your face pushes against the screen and mutes the call. a problem that could be fixed with a lock button.
  • Verizon App store needs more applications and “hasn’t changed much since the release
  • the Storm has a Micro USB port instead of a Mini USB port. requiring additional accessories purchases, even for previous Blackberry users
  • Not all the keys will “click” when touched

Additionally, there are to be 2 more firmware updates in the near future. Will these fix the problems? Not sure, but I’m leaning towards the iPhone more and more each day as my Rzr stumbles on its last legs. Especially since my wife (bless her budding tech-soul) has recently been talking about wanting an iPhone. If I can get our failing Verizon phones to last until after Macworld Expo (where Jobs apparently won’t be), then maybe I can get a Nano iPhone!!

Some additional Storm problems information from PC World

Information Week had an article published right after Thanksgiving and the first Storm firmware update:

If you’ve read any reviews of the BlackBerry Storm, you no doubt have heard that the poor thing is a bit buggy. Heck, even The New York Times’ David Pogue harshed on it. The initial batch of Storm’s are running firmware version Over the weekend, firmware version became available, and with it a bunch of fixes.

In InformationWeek’s review of the BlackBerry Storm, I detailed the issues the device has. Software lag, accelerometer lag, app crashes, and other bugs really drag the device’s usability down. Both of the review units I examined were running firmware Many hoped that the bugs could (and would) be fixed by a firmware update. RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) has heard the cries for help.

Users first began spotting the firmware update over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. At first it appeared that was only going to be offered to the few, but it has since become available to anyone who can find it on the web.

The biggest improvement seen with the new firmware is reduced lag and response time of the Storm. That’s a very good thing. What’s better, is that one user was able to find yet another firmware update, This latest update brings with it even more fixes.

According to The Boy Genius, the latest firmware build is leaps and bounds better than either of the preceding two. It offers faster landscape-to-portrait switching, better battery life, better touch screen response, more natural browser orientation in landscape mode, faster response in the music player application, and faster navigation through the photo gallery.

The bad news is, there are still many bugs present. Some of them include failure of the back button to work, slower data connectivity, and increased bugs in the camera application. Both of my review units had a lot of bugs in the camera app.

Firmware version is out there, but is not. There has been no official word fromVerizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless nor RIM as to when the latter will be made available to the masses. In the mean time, update to if you can, and enjoy the slightly improved Storm.