07-05-2010, 09:33 PM
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I have owned 9530 and for the longest time intended to transition to the Storm 9550. Until I handled a Droid. The platform I manipulated was a co-workers Sprint Evo. The immediate allure was a vibrantly colorful display with more landscape. The Droid also gives you the desktop experience of a computer. It's snappy and truly a touchscreen delight.
It really depends upon your application. Above all, the Storm is a Blackberry phone first. It's substantially more Blackberry than it is touchscreen oriented. You get all of the rock solid Blackberry services first, with the touchscreen aspect as a secondary aspect spliced onto it. At the time I purchased my Storm, it was what I felt to be the best touchscreen device available to me on Verizon, as well as the hot new product. I will never dog my Blackberry Storm. It served me quite well for nearly 2 years and I do not regret the experience - even after having to tinker with beta OS builds to get her running right.
I've taken a lot of flack in this forum, mostly for being honest. However, I think objectivity is important in a forum when it comes to helping someone avoid getting sucked into a contract and being unhappy over the long haul. With that said, I will say this.
If you are using the phone for personal and recreational purposes, coming from the Droid to a Storm 9550 will be a bit of a step back. Not from the standpoint of email, calendar, and business applications. Basic Blackberry services are IMPECCABLE. But for a device that is extremely customizable, with a large colorful screen, camera, etc, etc, the Droid is going to pull well ahead of the Storm 9550, in my opinion.
I want a phone that will compliment me on the business and social side. I am an extremely social creature and I put my celly to task. I send emails / sms / mms frequently. I upload photos to Facebook daily. Because of this photo and video quality has begun to matter more. Basically I am 40% business and 60% social with my device. For me, the new Droid X on Verizon seems custom made for my purposes at this time.
If you are compelled to try the 9550 I encourage you to do so. If you are predominantly business oriented, go Blackberry. If you are a social creature thrilled by touchscreen technology, lots of landscape, customizability - just go hold one of the newer Droids and the angels will sing. But go to a VZW store and perform a side by side comparison. Examine how the each phone transitions, manipulate the icons, and run the internet. I guarantee you, without question, you will know immediately which direction you will want to go.
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