Okay So I have a VerizonWireless Account and just recently added the Blackberry Storm2 to my contract (A birthday present for my best friend…shhhh!). So, I have been sitting here and playing with it the last couple of weeks putting it through its paces. However, I also have a Motorola Droid, which I did a previous article on it. I sat there and couldn’t help BUT compare the two touch screen smartphones and see how they stood up to each other. How did they square off with each other, and which one stands out, in my opinion? Read on!
Okay, first off, the Blackberry Storm2 has a beautifully large screen. It isn’t much wider than the Droid’s screen, but it feels like it is a lot wider because it isn’t as long. It is clear and crisp, as well. Pictures and videos come off pretty bright and crisp.
However, with all that niceness of the Blackberry Storm2’s screen, it just doesn’t “feel” as smooth as the Droid’s. It has this almost sticky feeling to it where my finger doesn’t feel like it slides along its surface like on the Droid. I also couldn’t get over that clicking of the screen. Sure, it adds to the tactile feel of the display, but just didn’t feel right. I also noticed how that feature adds some possible issues into the mix with the touch screen where the phone gets confused with what you are trying to access.
The Blackberry Storm2 has a high resolution 480 x 360 pixel color display and diagonally measured 3.25” compared to the Droid’s 3.7-in.; WVGA (480 x 854 pixels); 16:9 widescreen. The difference is very visible when you consider what I said in the previous paragraph.
The weight of the Storm2 is 5.64 ounces and feels really light in comparison to the Droid’s 6 solid ounces. One reason for this difference is possibly because the Blackberry Storm2 uses a different plastic. Personally, it feels cheaper compared to the Droid’s solid plastic feel. However, the Blackberry Storm2 has an awesome feeling brushed aluminum back plate.
Now, how about features? Both have Bluetooth, WiFi (G), and GPS. These features are becoming very common amongst smartphones today. You are hardpressed to find a single phone in this class that doesn’t have all of those features. They put them to use in the same ways, and function much the same.
The browser difference is the big difference here though. The Blackberry Storm2 browser just doesn’t seem to work as great as the Droid’s default browser. Both will be getting flash here very soon, so needless to say, it will be interesting to see how that plays out.
How about processing power? The Storm2 has an unnamed 528 Mhz processor, while the Droid has an Arm® Cortex™ A8 processor 550 mHz. The Droid does seem to show the muscle when you see some of the great 3D games.
How about voice clarity? Come on, it is a Blackberry! Of course the voice clarity is great. As for the Droid? Again, great clarity. Both phones have loud, clear sounding speakers to deliver great audio when on the phone.
How about Apps? This is quickly becoming a feature set that can make or break a smartphone for average consumers. They want something that is fun, interactive, and provides great multimedia content. The Blackberry Storm2 does not offer this same level of content, and much of it is pay content. The Droid has a plethora of content offerings all ranging from productivity suites, to fun 3D games. The Android platform promotes openness and the ability to create content freely. This is a huge plus, and push, for the Droid.
My complaints of the Storm2? Well, I love a good qwerty keyboard, and this phone did away with it to go straight to a touch screen. Bold jump with the Storm series phone. The OS 5 stepped up though. The older 4.x version of the OS on the original Storm got some complaints. The GUI on the Storm2 is really nice. Big, bold icons that are easy to click on, and are moveable. However, the display doesn’t offer the same level of customization the Android platform offers. For some, this is no real big deal, but those of us that love the Android platform are spoiled and won’t do without it.
Between the two phones, it will boil down to preference. If you are a Blackberry user, the Storm2 will be the touch screen phone of choice. Blackberry comes with product recognition. It is seen as a savvy business operating system, offering reliable service, stability, and functionality. The Android platform offers similar features, but less than stellar professional level offerings. The Blackberry has always been revered as the phone of choice when it comes to Exchange Mail service. The Android platform can handle Exchange Mail as well, but not at the level that Blackberry has. For the savvy consumer, the Droid will be a great phone with great hardware, and apps. For the savvy, and stylish, professional, the Storm2 would probably be the choice.