Word appeared late last week that Verizon was offering an OS upgrade to the Blackberry Storm. The upgrade was to make the screen rotation faster as well as address some stability issues that some reported. The upgrade did in fact appear last Friday but required upgrading via the RIM Desktop Manager which I have not installed. The Desktop Manager program is a Windows-only program that requires connecting the Blackberry to the PC for all syncing and upgrading.
Since the Storm I am using is an evaluation unit from Verizon and not my personal phone I had no desire to install the Desktop Manager and establish a sync connection. That was not a problem as the Verizon support notice indicated that an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade would be released later eliminating the need for the desktop connection.
I kept checking all weekend but the Storm did not indicate that an OTA upgrade was available. A couple of hours ago I checked again and there it was so I jumped right in and upgraded the phone. It’s important to realize that I have not experienced any stability issues with this phone as some have experienced but I did find the screen would sometimes lag slightly when rotating.
I started the upgrade download and the phone told me it was 14 MB in size and that I did not have enough free RAM to install it. This evaluation phone came to me with a ton of extra software installed so I went through it and deleted a few of the programs and freed up enough memory. I restarted the upgrade and it went smoothly from that point on. It took about 30 minutes and then it was all updated. During the process the upgrade backed up all my personal data to the media card and then restored it after the upgrade completed. This was all automatic and the Windows Mobile folks should take notice that this is the way it should be.
My quick impression is that the phone is very snappy and any lags are now gone. Everything happens immediately and the phone is much faster than it was before the upgrade. I am so impressed with how well it’s running that I’m even thinking of buying one of my own due to the great deal that Verizon is offering me as a long-time customer:
Since they don’t have any in stock I decided I’ll wait a while and see if I still want to do it later.