First Firmware Update For The BlackBerry Storm Blows Into Town
If you've read any reviews of the BlackBerry Storm, you no doubt have heard that the poor thing is a bit buggy. Heck, even The New York Times' David Pogue harshed on it. The initial batch of Storm's are running firmware version 126.96.36.199. Over the weekend, firmware version 188.8.131.52 became available, and with it a bunch of fixes.
If you've read any reviews of the BlackBerry Storm, you no doubt have heard that the poor thing is a bit buggy. Heck, even The New York Times'David Pogue harshed on it. The initial batch of Storm's are running firmware version 184.108.40.206. Over the weekend, firmware version 220.127.116.11 became available, and with it a bunch of fixes.In InformationWeek's review of the BlackBerry Storm, I detailed the issues the device has. Software lag, accelerometer lag, app crashes, and other bugs really drag the device's usability down. Both of the review units I examined were running firmware 18.104.22.168. Many hoped that the bugs could (and would) be fixed by a firmware update. RIM has heard the cries for help.
The biggest improvement seen with the new firmware is reduced lag and response time of the Storm. That's a very good thing. What's better, is that one user was able to find yet another firmware update, 22.214.171.124. This latest update brings with it even more fixes.
The bad news is, there are still many bugs present. Some of them include failure of the back button to work, slower data connctivity, and increased bugs in the camera application. Both of my review units had a lot of bugs in the camera app.
Firmware version 126.96.36.199 is out there, but 188.8.131.52 is not. There has been no official word from Verizon Wireless nor RIM as to when the latter will be made available to the masses. In the mean time, update to 184.108.40.206 if you can, and enjoy the slightly improved Storm.
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