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Old 11-21-2008, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 8830 to Storm...impressions and questions

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I picked up my Storm this morning and wonder if I'm missing something. The only way to configure speed dial on the Storm is from the dial pad? Please don't tell me that I have to give up speed dial from the qwerty.

Also, fyi, if you have the BB leather holster for the 8830, it fits the Storm perfectly. I didn't know this and bought the BB pouch which has bugged me all day. It's fatter, sticks out more and pinches the phone making it difficult to remove. Now that I'm home, I tried the 8830 case and it's perfect (and familiar). Save your money if you already have this holster.

One other thing - at home I have "1XEV" displayed on phone and the browsing speed really isn't impressive. This isn't the fastest speed available, correct? What should the display say when I have the best connection possible? EVDO?, 3G, etc.? BTW, the browsing speed is no worse than the 8830 at my home, but the browser and navigation is much better. Controlling the zoom and pan is not in the same league as my Itouch, but it's a decent browser and I can see using it much more than the 8830. I really want to try it out at the fastest speeds. One interesting thing I noticed is that YouTube videos render very poorly (and smaller) compared to my Ipod Touch. Not sure if the Ipod is optimized for YouTube, but the difference is huge. I'm going to play around some more and hopefully improve this.

I got the GPS working with BB Maps which is something that the 8830 could never do. I'm really happy (and surprised) that Verizon allowed this. This will come in handy, I'm sure.

I've used the phone quite a bit today and am happy with the sound quality, speakerphone, volume, signal quality, etc. The 8830 was very good as well, but the speaker phone on the Storm is louder.

The camera and camcorder will be nice to have again (had them in my Treo and missed them with my 8830). The original photos are 1536x2048, pretty funky resolution. The quality is suprisingly good compared to any of my old phones and my family members phones.

I still need to spend some time with this phone, but I can already see that it's MUCH more powerful in its offerings than the 8830. The phone is not as zippy as I would have liked. Switching from one function to another is not instant but I would expect the software to be improved/updated in the coming months. If it doesn't get faster, I can live with somewhat sluggish speed just to have all the other advantages over the 8830. I'm coming along with the keyboard and when I'm fully comfortable getting around on the phone (to the point where I don't need to think about the next button push), I'm sure I'll be very happy with the switch.
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