Specs summary

Screen
No

The BlackBerry Storm's screen is Unknown with 480 x 360 pixels resolution.

Processor
624MHz

There is a Intel XScale 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
1024 MB

Internal memory is 1024 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 15 days standby time, 300 minutes (2G).



The Storm represents another first for RIM, the introduction of a touchscreen handset with a brand new interface ready to take on the current smartphone darling, Apple’s iPhone 3G.

- Andrew Boxal , Dial-a-Phone 

Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Phone Scoop

If you're a business user who needs a BlackBerry for its tight integration with business software and services, the Storm could be the phone for you

from Phone Scoop

The BlackBerry Storm is not perfect, but, in my humble opinion, it is the best BlackBerry yet. The media features are much improved compared to other BlackBerries. The music player is more robust, offers more features, and sounds better than the Pearl Flip. The camera outperforms every BlackBerry I've ever tested. The resulting images and videos surpass those taken with other BlackBerries as well. It is the same robust messaging powerhouse that every other BlackBerry is, but the touch interface leads to some great innovations, especially with the added sorting capabilities in the mail appli... Full review

Softpedia

Business tool with surprisingly good multimedia features

from Softpedia

At first glance, the Blackberry Storm 9500 looks very appealing. Even more when you start using it, but there are some functionality flaws that make the device not as good as expected. Being the first in a line could prove to be fatal for some devices, but the Storm 9500 makes a good overall impression, even if it has some drawbacks.

The Good

As a business tool, the Blackberry Storm 9500 should be considered an exceptionally good smartphone. The wide range of messaging capabilities, as well as the HSDPA connectivity, make the device very appealing. I would also like to mention t... Full review

GSMArena

The 9500 Storm sure stands out in the Berry crowd

from GSMArena

At this point we're expected to pass the final verdict and we are afraid it is not the one we would have liked it to be. The BlackBerry Storm isn't really likely to achieve that sweeping convergence success. Quite unfortunately for the unique touchscreen, the rest of the device's features spell doom for the whole TouchBerry project.

The BlackBerry Storm fails to outgrow the company tradition and even if the exterior screams multimedia, the conservative business nature of BlackBerry shines through. It's almost like the guys at RIM are saying new members aren't welcome to the club, whic... Full review

MobileBurn

The first device on the market to feature a truly clickable touchscreen

from MobileBurn
So with that said, we really have to recommend that people hold off before buying a Storm. If you overlook the bugs, which I expect to be fixed soon, then the Storm is by far my favorite BlackBerry device. It's not as good for pure messaging as the Bold or Curve, but it is far more fun in general for less business oriented consumers. For now we will give the phone a very cautious, even speculative, "Recommended" rating on the firm belief that the bugs will be dealt with in a timely manner. But because of the firmware issues, try before you buy... Full review
BGR

The best phone to ever touch

from BGR

If you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber and a dumb phone won’t cut it, you’d be pretty air-headed to not pick this bad boy up above any other smartphone in Verizon’s lineup. It’s the “realest” touch screen Verizon has ever got. Not a piece of crap Voyager or Dare, but a real usable smartphone, depending on your needs. That includes Windows Mobile phones on Verizon for the most part, unless you’re a tech geek that knows what you are doing, then we give you a pass. Please also remember we’re saying this based on Verizon’s current lineup and we’re assuming you have one of... Full review

TechCrunch

The Storm combines what’s great about RIM and their products and does a decent job of bringing in the touch-screen aspect

from TechCrunch

I love BlackBerrys and will finally admit that the iPhone is not stupid. I refuse to give up one for another, so I carry around both devices. I wish the Storm were the real iPhone killer, but it’s not and I’m afraid there won’t be anything to ‘kill’ it for a while. So, let’s all just move on until someone makes some decent hardware for Android — but that’s neither here nor there. If you can get used to the click screen and I’m sure you will (and so will I, but I’ve only had it for 36 hours thus far) then the Storm combines what’s great about RIM and their products and... Full review

Engadget

RIM tried to strike some middle ground between form and function, and unfortunately came up short on both

from Engadget

It's clear from the device itself and the massive promotional push that both RIM and Verizon are giving the Storm that they view this as a proper threat to the iPhone's dominance in the smartphone market. Over the last few weeks we've been bombarded with commercials, leaks, press releases, and special events all celebrating the arrival of the Storm, both here and abroad. So it seems fairly obvious that yes, the companies believe they have a real contender on their hands -- and in many ways they do. The selling points are easy: the phone is gorgeous to look at and hold, it's designed and bac... Full review

Wired

Storm is a true globetrotter — it can work in virtually any foreign port

from Wired

The BlackBerry Storm is a lot of things: It's the first touchscreen device ever made by RIM, it has a 3.2-MP camera and it features cut-and-paste tech. But then there's an even longer list of what the Storm is not: The software isn't fully realized, the handset is no lightweight, the battery life is poor. Most of all, this isn't the iPhone killer RIM was hoping it would be.

How the hell do you brew up an iPhone killer?

Short of cracking open Steve Jobs' head and slurping out his big thinky brain, you could create a half-assed imitation that masters one aspect of the Jesus phone... Full review

Dial-a-Phone

The smartphone for everyone, all the time

from Dial-a-Phone

The new BlackBerry Storm is probably RIM’s most important phone release since the first Pearl became available back in 2006. Why? Because like the Pearl, which introduced the business orientated BlackBerry brand to the consumer world, the Storm represents another first for RIM, the introduction of a touchscreen handset with a brand new interface ready to take on the current smartphone darling, Apple’s iPhone 3G.

Research in Motion realise how important the touchscreen interface is and have added their own unique style to the system as well as addressing the various feature omissio... Full review

A couple of major problems spoil this phone

If this phone would just do as it's supposed to do, it would be great! But the screen freezes all them time! Someone said I have too much stuff on it, but isn't that what these phones are designed to do? Also the camera. When you click to take a photo, it lags before the photo is captured. Let's s... More
If this phone would just do as it's supposed to do, it would be great! But the screen freezes all them time! Someone said I have too much stuff on it, but isn't that what these phones are designed to do? Also the camera. When you click to take a photo, it lags before the photo is captured. Let's say you're taking a photo of a dog or cat. Finally the animal is posed the way you want so you 'click' and the animal moves and that's when the camera catches the image. What a pain! But the biggest pain has got to be the screen freezing! I'm considering getting an IPhone. I'd hoped this Blackberry would be my last. Less

My mom has an IPhone and has nothing but issues, her screen freezes ( she has not got much on it) , she is taking in it and calling for help all the time it zooms on it's own then freezes, wont hook up to wireless, says her password it wrong, sends emails without asking it too, the worse is the battery life you cant get 2 days out of it if you use it, and more things. Just be prepared for issues there too, I'm not sure if there is a perfect phone yet. Good luck in your hunt..

Pure garbage

This phone was clearly rushed to market to compete with iPhone. Less than 1 year is the life span of mine...and I understand that is well above average. I generally am a big fan of Blackberry, but this one was horrible. The hardware is very poor (particularly the touch screen which deteriorated ra... More
This phone was clearly rushed to market to compete with iPhone. Less than 1 year is the life span of mine...and I understand that is well above average. I generally am a big fan of Blackberry, but this one was horrible. The hardware is very poor (particularly the touch screen which deteriorated rapidly to the point where the phone is just frustrating to use) and the software needs every upgrade currently available to run decently. Oh, not to mention it runs on a CDMA network. In case anyone doesn't understand CDMA, it is a step above sending smoke signals or yelling really loud to the person you're trying to call. I only had decent reception on a CDMA network when I was under the Bell tower (yes, literally...it is near my work and it's the only place the Data/Internet features actually worked) To compound the issues, mine is through Bell and they are absolutely the worst company for customer service. The Bell stores are even worse - they are clearly only after your money and the "extended warranty" they sold me isn't even associated with Bell! if you call them regarding the warranty, they refer you to this third party warranty company that absolutely will not answer calls or return your call. Try and get Bell to replace it, upgrade it or repair it for less than the phone is worth? Good luck. Less

Don't Listen to these people!!!!!!!!!!

I've had this phone since July of 2009 and I love it. The people that are giving low ratings DON'T know what they are talking about!! This phone is AMAZING. The 5.0 update made this phone even better. My phone never freezes. This phone should be rated 10/10 not 6/10!!!!!!! I would much rather have m... More
I've had this phone since July of 2009 and I love it. The people that are giving low ratings DON'T know what they are talking about!! This phone is AMAZING. The 5.0 update made this phone even better. My phone never freezes. This phone should be rated 10/10 not 6/10!!!!!!! I would much rather have my Storm than an IPhone. I strongly recomend this phone and advise you to buy one!! Less
Yahoo

Not so easy

from Yahoo
Pro: Computer on hip Con: Need little fingers These things are really neat when you first get them. But when you need to use it the screen is difficult to type on with large fingers , I thought it was me then I asked a friend he had the same problem. Well, someday I will get a iphone and try that.
Pro: Computer on hip Con: Need little fingers These things are really neat when you first get them. But when you need to use it the screen is difficult to type on with large fingers , I thought it was me then I asked a friend he had the same problem. Well, someday I will get a iphone and try that. Less
Yahoo

HATE IT

from Yahoo
Pro: Has some good features Con: Constantly freezes, not clear on how to do anything, hard to download apps I would never recommend this phone to anyone unless you want to be constantly irritated. It freezes nonstop and is very slow. Way to complex on something as simple as downloading a ringtone.... More
Pro: Has some good features Con: Constantly freezes, not clear on how to do anything, hard to download apps I would never recommend this phone to anyone unless you want to be constantly irritated. It freezes nonstop and is very slow. Way to complex on something as simple as downloading a ringtone. The touchscreen keyboard sucks and messes up and is too sensitive and hits every letter around the letter you actually want. I cannot wait to get a different blackberry. Less
Yahoo

BLACKBERRY STORM

from Yahoo
Pro: LOVE IT Con: BATTERY LIFE THE BEST PHONE I EVER HAD. I LOVE MY BLACKBERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pro: LOVE IT Con: BATTERY LIFE THE BEST PHONE I EVER HAD. I LOVE MY BLACKBERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Less
Yahoo

Very Good

from Yahoo
Pro: a Con: a BlackBerry Set is Completed Netsupporting and Easy to use.
Pro: a Con: a BlackBerry Set is Completed Netsupporting and Easy to use. Less
Yahoo

HATE IT

from Yahoo
Pro: looks good Con: slow, battery life, hard to use This phone is awful. When I try to call someone it freezes or pushes a random number. I have absolutely nothing downloaded on my phone and when I tried to get an application it said there was no more space. By the way this is my third blackberry... More
Pro: looks good Con: slow, battery life, hard to use This phone is awful. When I try to call someone it freezes or pushes a random number. I have absolutely nothing downloaded on my phone and when I tried to get an application it said there was no more space. By the way this is my third blackberry storm and it only came out last christmas. All of them messed up. Don't buy this phone. It is horrible. Less
Yahoo

nice

from Yahoo
Pro: cute Con: mind blowing nice and good looking
Pro: cute Con: mind blowing nice and good looking Less
Yahoo

Its got style

from Yahoo
Pro: I like everything about it except the apps. Con: Apps are not as good as IPhone and the movement is not as somooth. When browsing through the contacts etc its not as smooth as iphone though. Hope they will improve the operating system. Apps cannot be stored on the memory card. But other wise... More
Pro: I like everything about it except the apps. Con: Apps are not as good as IPhone and the movement is not as somooth. When browsing through the contacts etc its not as smooth as iphone though. Hope they will improve the operating system. Apps cannot be stored on the memory card. But other wise its jus awesom... For more iPhone looks more like a kids model. But this phone's got sytle... BB dose it again... Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 8, 2008
Regions available Asia, Europe, Australia, South America, Africa
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
variations
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry

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Processor Intel XScale 624 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
1 GB
RAM 128 MB
ROM No
GPS Yes
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Car Charger, Data Cable, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
300 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black with chrome accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 6.2 x 1.4 cm
(4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 155 grams
(5.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 480 x 360 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry SureType
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls Unknown
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Unknown
Flash Unknown
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, Yahoo, Windows Live)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support Unknown
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge Unknown
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 2x digital
Flash Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus
Video Recording Formats No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA Pro, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV Unknown
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry 9500, BlackBerry Thunder (GSM)

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