BlackBerry Storm 9530, First BlackBerry Touchscreen Smartphone

The new Blackberry Storm 9530 smartphone launched recently by RIM in India is first Blackberry smartphone with full touchscreen display and the smartphone is packed with a wide range of multimedia and communication features like messaging, email and document editing.

Weighing 155 gms, the BlackBerry Storm 9530 is available for Rs. 22,990 from leading large format retail stores as well as from operators in India including Airtel, Vodaphone, Aircel, MTNL, BSNL, BPL/Loop Mobile, Idea Cellular, Reliance, and Tata mobile etc.

The quad-band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz network and 3G HSDPA 2100 along with CDMA2000 network ready Blackberry Storm 9530 smartphone sports a stylish design has a large 3.25-inch 360 x 480 pixels 65K colors capable TFT capacitive full touchscreen display and it is equipped with, for the first time seen in any BlackBerry phone, Accelerometer sensor for auto screen rotation.

The Capacitive touchscreen technology in BlackBerry Storm 9530 allows the phone to detects the electricity from user’s fingers, and being equipped with transflective display allows it to be easily view outdoors in bright light.

The BlackBerry Storm 9530 smartphone is equipped with all new touch-sensitive trackpad instead of traditional trackball and it comes with a full HTML web browser and several social networking appls for Facebook, Myspace, and Flickr. Since new touchpad involves no moving parts, the phone is expected to be more robust and last long.

The trackpad employs all the same gestures as the conventional trackball, besides feels similar to using a trackpad on a laptop. To select an option, one can click the pad just like one would with the conventional trackball.

The Blackberry Storm 9530 features dedicated buttons for Camera, Volume, and a programmable multifunction functions, on the side of the handset. On top of panel are Mute and lock buttons and phone’s metal back packs the hi-quality speakerphone and the actual camera hardware.

Equipped with Qualcomm MSM7600 528 MHz processor, the Blackberry Storm 9530 phone is powered by BlackBerry’s own Blackberry 5.0 Operating system and it comes with 1-GB of internal flash memory and it has microSD memory slot supporting up to 16 GB maximum memory storage.

BlackBerry Storm 9530 user interface allows to navigate by moving finger tips lightly over the full touchscreen display and pressing the physical BlackBerry logo key below the screen throws up the familiar BlackBerry contextual menu, and items can be selected once again with finger touch.

The handset offers simple and straightforward email and IM setup and it supports Windows Hotmail/Live, AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, ICQ and Blackberry messenger.

Supporting Polyphonic ringtones along with MP3 ringtones, the new BlackBerry Storm 9530 smartphone is dual-band CDMA, quad-band EDGE, and 2,100-MHz HSDPA networks ready and is equipped with GPRS Class 10 connection with upto 48 kbps speed, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN connecivity, and ultra fast EDGE class 10 236.8 kbps connection allowing upto 236.8 kbps data speed.

The 3G BlackBerry Storm 9530 also offers wireless Bluetooth v2.0 connection with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) option. The Bluetooth v2.0 with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) allows listening to music on bluetooth compatible headset like 3.5mm HSP headset absolutely wire-free and in full stereo.


The smartphone is also equipped with standard fast USB v2.0 port (miniUSB port) which is used for both power recharging and PC connectivity for data exchange.

The BlackBerry Storm 9530 is also equipped with built-in GPS with A-GPS support, and a 3.15 megapixel camera with auto focus, 2X digital zoom, flash and video recording capabilities. The camera also offers Geo-tagging and image stabilization for blur free shots. The smartphone also supports BlackBerry App World which features a catalog of mobile applications.

The included media player in BlackBerry Storm 9530 smartphones is a full featured media player that allows playing video and audio files. Audio media files supports AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO/WMA 10, and AAC-LC and Video format supports MP4/MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3 files and file transfer is fairly fast using USB v2.0 interface.

In addition, it also offers 3.5 mm audio out port to allow users plugin their choice of headphones. One can play, rewind, fast forward, equalize, shuffle tracks and create playlists – just like in any other digital music player.

Available in black color, the BlackBerry Storm 9530’s some other features includes,support for BlackBerry maps, Document editor for MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint, and PDF files, WiFi access to Blackberry Enterprise Server, WiFi access to Blackberry Internet Server, built-in full HTML browser, Email Client, Wireless Email, voice memo recording, built-in handsfree Speakerphone, WAP 2.0/xHTML Browser, Java MIDP 2.0 support, picture caller ID, applications such as calendar, currency converter, alarm clock, auto keypad lock, stop watch, and preloaded polyphonic ringtones with ringtone composing application.

Equipped with Li-Ion 1400 mAh standard battery, the BlackBerry Strom 9530 smartphone offers upto 15 days of standby and 6 hrs of talk time (on GSM network).

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