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Vodafone unveils RIM BlackBerry Storm2 9520 smartphone with improved touchscreen response

Snapshot by Brian James Kirk on Thursday October 15, 2009.

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Vodafone and Research In Motion have unveiled the BlackBerry Storm2 9520, a touchscreen smartphone device that builds on the success of the first iteration Storm 9500. The new Storm2 is a thinner and sleeker device with quad-band GSM support and high-speed 3G and WiFi data connectivity. The phone includes a 1400mAh battery for extended use.

RIM's Storm2 features improved SurePress technology, which gives a tactile response when pressing on the phone's 3.25-inch 360 x 480 resolution capacitive touchscreen(INFO) display. The technology responds equally to pressure placed on the screen. Typing-speed response has also been enhanced. An updated version of BlackBerry OS 5 includes BlackBerry App World, too, so users can download new applications for the smartphone device.

Users can snap photos and shoot video with a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera. After syncing their music to the device from iTunes using BlackBerry Media Sync, users can enjoy their music with standard headphones that utilize a 3.5mm stereo headset jack or Bluetooth for use with stereo headphones. Though the Storm2 carries 2GB of internal memory, users can save media to the phone's microSD card slot, as well. GPS is also built-in for navigation duties.

The BlackBerry Storm2 9520 will be available from Vodafone on October 26 for free with a two-year contract and a 35 GBP per month plan commitment. It will follow in Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy, South Africa in November or December. An announcement in the U.S. from Verizon is expected soon.

Specifications for the Research In Motion BlackBerry Storm2 9520
Operating System BlackBerry OS 5.0
Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, UMTS 2100MHz
Size 112mm x 64mm x 15mm (4.4in x 2.5in x 0.6in)
Weight 162g (5.7oz)
Battery 1400 mAh
Battery Life 5.5 hours estimated talk time
11.2 days estimated standby time
Main Display 3.25-inch 480 x 360 pixel capacitive touchscreen
Camera 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera
Video Record/Playback
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM
Email IMAP/POP/Exchange
Bluetooth Yes, stereo support
Memory 2GB, microSD card slot
Other SurePress capacitive touchscreen, full-HTML browser, GPS navigation, 3.5mm audio jack
Availability October 26, 2009


Rob @ 3:12:57PM EDT on Thursday October 15, 2009

After six months I bagged the original Storm. This one is an improvement but that's like saying a pig with lipstick is better than one without. It has the same look and feel and, yes, it is faster than the old YUGO. The screen is more responsive but where's the scroller? For Gods sake RIM the big problem was navigating with your finger and using RIM very own menu system! Everything is crammed in there and mistakes are soooo easy to make because of the inaccuracy of the touch screen. Everybody that I know wanted a push scroller on the right side of the unit. Go the the menu, scroll down and push to choose the menu item. What the heck is so difficult about that! Why get this when you have so many other better options like the Curve or the Tour. This phone is stil the same pig as the first one...with lipstick.

Rob hater @ 12:10:14AM EDT on Monday October 26, 2009

Jeez. Some people will complain about anything/everything.

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Brian James Kirk
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