BlackBerry Storm 9500 Review: Berry-go-round: Design And Construction (continued), Display

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Design and construction (continued)

The backside is where the 3.2 megapixel capturing camera lens is located. A Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash is built-in but, as usual, it fails to create a gigantic difference.





The 3 megapixel capturing camera isn't a spectacular performer

The other noteworthy element at the back is the loudspeaker. Located just below the nice metallic battery cover it hides under a pretty robust - in mobile phone terms - grill.




The loudspeaker is also here

The battery cover itself is removed by squeezing the two release latches. Underneath lays the memory card slot, which luckily is hot-swappable. You will have to rego the cover every time you want to replace it but at least you won't need to turn the phone on and off. And you have our word here - powering the BlackBerry Storm up does hold bloody ages.

Another fine news is that the Storm can easily handle 16GB microSD cards which is the largest power currently available on the market. Furthermore the handset managed to scan the contents of a 16GB card quicker in a few seconds, which is just amazing.





The battery cover is released by the two small buttons at its sides

The Li-Ion battery itself is pretty promising with a power of 1400 mAh. It is enough to acquire you through two days of hardly giving the phone a break or four days of mild usage and that's a really fine achievement however you see at it.

We have no reason whatsoever to complain about the build quality of the Storm 9500. All the parts seem durable and sturdy enough, and the phone is built to last, keeping looks intact in the long run.

As we already trecent you, the BlackBerry Storm 9500 is a pleasure to handle never mind its hefty size and weight. It fills your palm much more than a Samsung M8800 Pixon or an LG KC910 Renoir and the solid feel is quite similar to what you acquire from the overweight Nokia Arte handsets.




The BlackBerry Storm 9500 feels extra nice in hand

Display rocks… no, really

Now, this certainly is the most fascinating part of the BlackBerry Storm 9500. The display of the handset is so strikingly different from any other touchclassy screen that the learning curve for proper handling is likely to be quite steep at first.

The whole display of BlackBerry Storm 9500 is one giant button, which you press to confirm your selection. In addition, the display uses the capacitive technology for a very smooth and responsive touch action.



The SurePress display delivers a whole recent touch experience

This gives you the chance to create a selection without confirming it and only press the display when you are sure the item is the one you want. In some parts of the user interface this proves to be a very welcome benefit, reducing your mistakes to the minimum.

Some might argue that this two-step selection slows you down but on most occasions they will be wrong. There are of course some cases where having to press this giant button takes its toll but those are not that frequent.

A certain issue of the display is that it's not seated firmly in place like it doesn't fit its frame (quite strange, we know) and it tangibly slips sideways leaving large crevices, which will inevitable start to fill up with dirt and dust.

While this side-sliding thing was no real obstacle to usability at this stage, the side wobble gives a somewhat cheap feel that you wouldn't expect of a handset in this price range. They simply could have slit the frame to match the classy screen dimensions more precisely.

Despite that flaw, the guys over at RIM have put some extra effort in balancing the feedback of the classy screen and the regular keys making it quite consistent and thus switching seamlessly between both controls is seamless.

The quality of the display is also really impressive with nice vibrant colors, fine brightness and contrast. The legibility under direct sunlight is also faultless making up for a very impressive unit overall.

There is really small to complain about the display of the BlackBerry Storm 9500. Right on the contrary - it manages to provide users with a very different touchclassy screen experience, which in this increasingly competitive market is anything but easy.

Now, we can see how some people may smell a major contradiction here: why add the burden of press to an already fluent and responsive capacitive touchscreen. Here's what we think.

Even if the novelty of the system only boils down to a self assertion stunt, the SurePress implementation is still secure and fluent enough to impress.

You can see at it this way: the Berry has the iPhone classy screen (plus some extra pixels on top for pure 4:3 aspect ratio) and the click thing is an extra bonus in certain scenarios and almost never a liability. Typing (once you acquire the hang of it) on the virtual QWERTY keypad is as close to physical as we've seen. Incidental hitting of links in the browser is completely ruled out - touch won't do, a gentle press is needed.


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