Friday, August 07, 2009

How to "hard reset" the BlackBerry Storm and wipe it clean

By "hard reset," I mean: restore back to factory settings. I'm wiping my BlackBerry Storm clean so that I can send it back to Verizon. Here's how you perform a hard reset:

Go to the main menu.
Tap Options -> tap Security Options -> tap General Settings -> press the BlackBerry button (also known as the menu button) -> tap "Wipe Handheld" and check "Include 3rd Party Applications" -> tap Continue and follow the instructions by typing "blackberry" -> wait as the device resets.
I removed the microSD card to erase that manually.

Yes, I've decided to send the BlackBerry Storm back to Verizon. I'm going to get a Windows Mobile phone. I have relied too heavily on the Windows Mobile OS. I have too many purchased apps and I thought I could live without them by moving to BlackBerry, but I've quickly realized that I'm destined to go back to Windows Mobile. Here are the main reasons why I decided to give up the Storm:
  1. A reboot time of 5 minutes and 30 seconds is not acceptable.
  2. Although the device has 1 GB of storage memory for media files (plus 8 GB of storage on the microSD card), it only has about 120 MB of space for apps. That's very faulty. I maxed out very quickly by installing just a few apps.
  3. Not enough medical apps for me. Some people can just live with using a few medical apps, but not me. I've been using medical apps on my PDA/smartphone for almost 10 years.
  4. I got used to typing on the screen with the on-screen keyboard, but I'm still someone who can be much more productive typing on a physical keyboard (or thumb board).
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