But overall, the update makes the Storm much faster, smoother, more stable and more consistent—enough to recommend. The Black Berry Storm is a world phone: It runs on Verizon's EV-DO Rev A network here in the U. and on dual-band CDMA, quad-band EDGE, and 2,100-MHz HSDPA networks abroad.

Using the phone as a USB modem for a Windows Vista PC, I got speeds of 600 to 900 kilobits per second down and 350 to 500 Kbps up.

updating contacts on blackberry storm-5

The decidedly sexy 5.5-ounce Storm is a 4.4-by-2.4-by-0.5-inch (HWD) slab dominated by a 3.3-inch, 360-by-480-pixel touch screen, which is capacitive, meaning it detects the electricity from your fingers, and transflective, so it's easy to view outdoors in bright light.

Below the display are Pick Up and End call buttons, a Back button, and the familiar Black Berry menu key.

A bit of honesty: I hate, hate, hate entering text on the i Phone.

I really prefer having some sort of physical feedback to be sure that I've pressed a key.

RIM has fixed those problems and added the App World store for a solid third-party app experience.

If you were holding off because you don't like the Storm's unique and unusual click-touch screen, well, I can't help you there.

PCMag.com's lead mobile analyst, Sascha Segan, has reviewed hundreds of smartphones, tablets and other gadgets in more than 9 years with PCMag.

He's the head of our Fastest Mobile Networks project, one of the hosts of the daily PCMag Live Web show and speaks frequently in mass media on cell-phone-related issues.

Other than his home town of New York, his favorite cities are Barcelona and Hong Kong.