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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the BlackBerry Storm

written by: Sandy Samra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/1/2011

The first BlackBerry devices to rely on touchscreen navigation were the BlackBerry Storm series cell phones. BlackBerry Storm devices are an answer to expensive smartphones in the market. This article highlights everything that you want to know about BlackBerry Storm, from features to accessories.

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    Overview

    The BlackBerry Storm smartphones belong to the Blackberry 9500 series and are considered serious competitors to Apple’s iPhone. Some experts believe that Storm smartphones boast enhanced business oriented features, unique touchscreen and functionalities that are not available on the iPhone. Currently, the BlackBerry Storm has two models in the market – BlackBerry Storm 9530 and BlackBerry Storm 2 9550. Since the Storm 9550 is an enhanced version of the Storm 9530, it’s obvious that the Storm 9550 is the best BlackBerry touchscreen so far. Here’s the usual line-up of features of both the Storm models.BlackBerry Storm 

    • Display: 3.25" light sensitive, high-resolution 480x360 pixel color display
    • 3.2 MP camera with 2X digital flash zoom, flash and video recording
    • Image stabilization
    • WiFi: Only Storm 9550
    • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
    • Battery and Battery Life: 1400 mAHr removable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery with talk time up to 5 hours for 9550 and talk time up to 6 hours for 9530
    • Bluetooth: 9550 supports Bluetooth v2.1+EDR1 and 9530 supports Bluetooth v2.0
    • Memory: 256 MB onboard with 16 GB media card (9550) and; 128 MB onboard memory with 1 GB media card (9530).
    • microSD card support for memory expansion
    • organizer, wireless email and browser
    • media player
    • SMS/MMS
    • corporate data access
    • GPS

    Though the BlackBerry Storm is primarily a cell phone and an email device, it does support a decent number of applications and accessories.

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    BlackBerry Storm Applications

    One can really become overwhelmed with the number of apps available for BlackBerry Storm smartphones. Using these apps on your BlackBerry Storm can be an enjoyable experience. Here’s a list of must-have BlackBerry Storm 2 apps that you can download on your BlackBerry device. There are plenty of free BlackBerry Storm apps out there too.

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    PatternLock

    PatternLock PatternLock offers a fun way to lock your BlackBerry Storm. Simply define your lock pattern and trace your finger in the pattern you drew, while defining the pattern, to unlock the device. You can lock individual applications or the whole device with this app. This feature rich lock application is completely customizable and you can buy it for $2.99. Read our PatternLock review.

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    Labyrinth

    If you enjoyed playing the classic wooden labyrinth where you maneuver the ball to find a way to the finish hole than Labyrinth 2 Christmas Edition is a must have forlabyrinth  you. This simple, yet addictive, game is available at a price of $3.99. It has about 16 levels and is full of interactive objects like blocks, locks, lasers, gates, holes etc.

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    IM+ All-In-One Messenger

    IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM apps and it allows BlackBerry Storm users to connect to Yahoo, MSN, GTalk, Skype, AIM, Facebook, ICQ, MySpace, and Twitter all at the same time. The app offers an array of unique features along with free text messages to messenger contacts, and the ability to transfer pictures, videos and voice messages. You can purchase this all in one app for $39.95.

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    Vlingo Plus

    Vlingo Vlingo Plus is an intelligent voice app that turns your words into action. Verbally command your Storm to send text or email messages, search the web, make calls, update Twitter or Facebook status, use BBM and speak literally to any application. This amazing app is available for $19.99. Read our Vlingo review to learn more.

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    BerryWeather

    BerryWeather is an eye-catching weather application that offers instant access to current weather conditions in over 72,000 locations, worldwide. Additionally, itberryweather  provides a detailed 7 day and 24 hour weather forecast. You can view the weather conditions of 10 locations at the same time. BerryWeather is priced at $9.99.

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    QuickLaunch

    quicklaunch Awarded as the Best OS Enhancement App of 2010 and the Best Productivity App of 2009 by Crackberry, QuickLaunch is a must have app for every BlackBerry. It’s currently available at a sale price of $3.99. The app easily creates shortcuts for almost every function like email, websites, SMS, apps, phone, pictures, video, audio, Bluetooth, device info, camera and many more.

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    Free BlackBerry Applications

    • Snaptu: Snaptu is a stylish all-in-one app that stores your BlackBerry Storm’s important applications in one place. The best thing about Snaptu is that itsnaptu  provides a better and more efficient option to include essential apps in one place without consuming the phone’s battery or slowing down the OS.
    • BlackBerry Messenger: BlackBerry Messenger is specially designed for BlackBerry handsets and is widely used by BlackBerry owners. Users require unique barcodes or pin numbers to begin using BlackBerry Messenger, anywhere and any time to instantly connect to other people.
    • 7digital: 7digital is an app that lets you browse through the latest chart hits, listen to new song previews, search, buy and download MP3s directly to your BlackBerry handset. The app comes with an integrated media player that lets users import existing audio flies so that you can listen to the entire collection on the go. It’s a must have application.
    • Pandora: Pandora is an amazing music app that streams your favorite type of music. Once you play the music of your choice, the app then automatically finds more music according to your tastes and streams it. Check out more free BlackBerry Storm 2 apps. pandora 
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    BlackBerry Storm Accessories

    The following BlackBerry Storm accessories will help to get the most out of your phone and prolong the life and durability of your mobile phone.

    • Skin Cases: BlackBerry Storm skin cases protect your phone from spills, drops, scratches and increase the chances of your device lasting. You can check out the five best BlackBerry Storm 2 cases.
    • Bluetooth Headset for your BlackBerry Storm: Bluetooth headsets are a must have accessory that lets you make and receive calls as well as allowing you to listen to your favorite music, wirelessly. You can find more must-have accessories for BlackBerry.
    • Screen Protector: A screen protector is a thin plastic membrane that protects the screen of your BlackBerry Storm from dust, cracks and scratches. Check out the best screen protectors for BlackBerry Storm.
    • Cradles: There are wide range of BlackBerry Storm cradles available in the market that effectively charge your handset. You can find more information on BlackBerry Storm cradles. cradle