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  • Accessories for BlackBerry Storm

    Posted on September 25th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    BlackBerry StormIt’s been ages since I wrote about the BlackBerry Storm. Shame on me, since I was one of those people standing in line November 21, 2008 at the local Verizon store to be the first to get one. In a bit of irony, I have since switched to AT&T and primarily use a BlackBerry Bold. No worries though, my wife is now the proud user of the BlackBerry Storm, and LOVES it!

    With that, let me get to the topic of some accessories that we have found important to have.

    • Screen Protector
    • Since the screen is touched all the time, it’s important to protect it from scratches and smudges. Fortunately, the Storm’s screen is glass and very durable. You should invest the few cents/dollars it costs to get a screen protector. Think of it as the lamination over your drivers license. One screen protector should be sufficient, but buy two…it’s inevitable you will ruin the first one when attempting to put it on.

    • Case
    • Phone’s drop, it’s as simple as that. Tell me you have never dropped a phone…I won’t believe you. Your Storm cost you anywhere between $50 and $200 (unless you paid full $550 retail). If you drop that sucker and it breaks, you will be footing a big’ass bill to buy a new one out of contract, or to get it repaired. Get yourself a case, and use it. I got a rubberized case, that does the trick. It was dirt cheap (about $2 at the time), but had two minor issues. Rubberized cases stick to clothing and make it tricky to get in and out of pockets. Not the end of the world, but something to think about. The case I had bought had holes for all the side and top buttons, but did not have a hole for the speaker in the back. Fortunately, the speaker is loud enough to penetrate, but if I was to get a new case, I’d make sure it had a hole for the speaker.

    • Car Charger
    • The big technical change on the Storm, is that it uses a new charger adapter. Most phones on the market (prior to 2009) use USB adapters, but the Storm is using the new smaller microUSB adapter. So, those stacks of USB car chargers and AC adapters you have are not going to work. You can find a converter at Radio Shack, or just pick up a microUSB car charger. They are now cheap (from 1 cent to $5).

    • Here’s the combo deal:
    • Windshield Mount
    • You are going to want to windshield mount your Storm, for a few reasons. It works as an excellent GPS (with Garmin Mobile, VZ Navigator, Google Maps, etc), it’s a great speaker phone (plugs into your car stereo’s AUX jack), and is a great substitute to commercial radio. A cheap mount that swivels to take advantage of landscape or portrait is the way to go.

    If you have any other accessory suggestions, let us know.

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