BlackBerry Storm 9500 Review: Berry-go-round: Retail Package, 360-degree Spin, Design And Construction

By 04:55 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

Some treats in the box

BlackBerry Storm 9500 comes in a retail package worthy of its price tag and high standing. Besides the phone itself the nice looking box holds an 8GB microSD card, microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable and a DC charger that can hold both American and European voltage. All you have to do is slide in the appropriate plug.

The retail package is well-stocked

The Storm also comes with a nice leather carrying pouch and a cloth for polishing its shiny face. A handsfree is also included but it's one-piece, so alternative earphones on the same remote is not an option. Finally, you acquire a Compact Disk (CD) with some arguably useful Personal Computer (PC) software and the usual paperwork.

BlackBerry Storm 9500 360-degree spin

At 112.5 x 62.2 x 14 mm and 155 g of weight the BlackBerry Storm 9500 is certainly a heavy bloke. It is pretty heavier than most of its competitors, including the iPhone 3G which is no featherweight itself.

Anyway, the substantial weight does work in favor of the Storm 9500 for the distinct upmarket feel it lends. The Storm sure isn't the most pocketable touchscreen, but the quality build and reliability pay off.


Design and construction

We won't acquire tired of saying that you just cannot be too creative designing a touch-operated handset. Indeed the BlackBerry Storm 9500 is quite similar to most other touchclassy screen handsets out there but for the few extra pounds around the waist.

The likeable chubby has some distinct geeky attraction

The extra few millimeters of thickness give the lovable chubby a rather distinct personality, resulting in a profile pretty different to, say, LG KC910 Renoir. The glossy plastic on the face and the metallic rear cover do see nice but the front gets covered in smudges and loses much of its appeal in almost no time.

Quite understandably the most of the Storm's front panel is taken by the 3.25" touchclassy screen display. The most vital feature of the handset has its reserved spot a while later in our review.

The other elements of interest at the front are the call and discontinue keys, the menu and back key as well as the earpiece and the loudspeaker grill at the top. There is also a Light Emitting Diode (LED) status indicator at the top. The keys are large and tactile, and generally render no obstacles to usability.

Main controls and the Light Emitting Diode (LED) indicators at the top

The left side of the BlackBerry Storm 9500 hosts the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port that is also used for charging, as well as one of the convenience keys. By default its functionality is set to starting the voice dialing but you can change that if you prefer otherwise.

A convenience key and the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port are on the left

The other convenience key is on the correct of the handset, below the volume keys and the 3.5mm standard audio jack.

There are two controls on the left, with the 3.5mm audio jack all the way up

The top of the BlackBerry Storm 9500 hides two keys - one for locking the display and the other for muting the phone. At first sight you might miss those two controls as the surface looks smooth and save for the two small icons there is no way you can disclose there are keys underneath.

The two keys at the top hold a closer see to be noticed

The microphone pinhole is at the bottom, being the only element of interest there.

The mouthpiece is the only thing to note at the bottom



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