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  • Price: 300 . 35

  • Company: RIM (BlackBerry)

  • Our Rating: We rate this 9 out of 10 We rate this 9 out of 10

In addition to the features we've covered so far, the Storm comes with some fairly standard preinstalled applications include Tasks, Calculator, a Video Camera, a Password Keeper, a Clock and a Saved Messages folder. That's far from all there is, however.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Apple Apps Store is a whole new way of tricking out your smartphone. In fact, PDAs, Palms and BlackBerry handsets have had their own, sizable ecosystem of software vendors and shareware creators for many moons. However, mindful of how well Apple's add-ons have gone down, RIM has centralised this function and made it prominent in the application list, with its own brash icon.

The Application Center is where you head if you want to add extras to your BlackBerry Storm 9500. Unsurprisingly (given their popularity) these include Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and so on. To install one, you need simply to click its icon, accept the terms and conditions about it being at your own risk if you knowing install third-party applications, and you're all set.

Vodafone's Find & Go service (an operator-branded version of Telmap's solid navigation software) is not installed by default. The 1.4MB download and installation process took 47 seconds on our 3G network. You get to use this turn-by-turn navigator for free for the first six months, after which it becomes a paid-for bolt-on, should you decide it's useful to you.

In addition to the features we've covered so far, the Storm comes with some fairly standard preinstalled applications include Tasks, Calculator, a Video Camera, a Password Keeper, a Clock and a Saved Messages folder. That's far from all there is, however.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Apple Apps Store is a whole new way of tricking out your smartphone. In fact, PDAs, Palms and BlackBerry handsets have had their own, sizable ecosystem of software vendors and shareware creators for many moons. However, mindful of how well Apple's add-ons have gone down, RIM has centralised this function and made it prominent in the application list, with its own brash icon.

The Application Center is where you head if you want to add extras to your BlackBerry Storm 9500. Unsurprisingly (given their popularity) these include Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and so on. To install one, you need simply to click its icon, accept the terms and conditions about it being at your own risk if you knowing install third-party applications, and you're all set.

Vodafone's Find & Go service (an operator-branded version of Telmap's solid navigation software) is not installed by default. The 1.4MB download and installation process took 47 seconds on our 3G network. You get to use this turn-by-turn navigator for free for the first six months, after which it becomes a paid-for bolt-on, should you decide it's useful to you.