Following up on our BlackBerry Storm2 Review, we received a number of comments, tweets and emails related to BlackBerry Storm2 accessories. Will the 'insert name here' case / accessory I already own for my Storm work with the Storm2 or will I have to buy a new one? What accessories should I buy first? Is there anything else I should look out for? We figured a quick post and poll could quickly get soon to be and new BlackBerry Storm2 owners pointed in the right direction.
Cases: We'll cover cases in a separate article as there is quite a lot to cover, but the key thing to know is that not all Storm cases, skins and protective coverings will work with the Storm2. While the devices are similar in form factor, there are subtle differences to the shape of the housing and port locations that will throw things off on tighter, form-fitting designs. Loose fitting cases, like pocket pouche, should still work ok for the most part.
Batteries: The BlackBerry Storm2 comes with the same D-X1 1400 mAh battery that the Storm, Tour and Curve 8900 use. This means replacement OEM DX-1 batteries will work fine with the Storm2, as well OEM-sized extended-life batteries like the Seidio Innocell 1600mAh. When it comes to extended life batteries that require the use of a modified battery door, you'll likely need to buy this new for the Storm2 due to the different battery cover designs between the Storm and Storm2.
Bluetooth: Like all current generation BlackBerry Smartphones, the Storm2 features stereo bluetooth support (a2dp), meaning accessories like bluetooth headsets, speakerphones, and audio devices (BlackBerry Music Gateway) will all work fine with the Storm2.
Car Mount Kits: Universal car mount kits as well as car mount kits designed specifically for the first BlackBerry Storm should work well with the Storm2.
Chargers and Cables: With newer BlackBerry smartphones, RIM has gone away from the miniUSB standard to microUSB (microUSB is smaller). So for items such as syncing cables, wall chargers and car chargers, you need to ensure they end in microUSB connections or you can purchase an adapter. When it comes to docking stations like the popular BlackBerry Charging pod, where the unit sits horizontally within the form fitting base, the differences in shape and port location between the Storm and Storm2 mean your old will likely not work.
An easy way to find out what accessories are compatible with your BlackBerry Storm2 is to visit our BlackBerry Storm2 Accessory page at ShopCrackBerry.com. When the device selector is set to Storm2, only accesories compatible with the device are shown. You'll want to keep it locked over the weeks and months ahead as manufacturers like Seidio, Incipio, Case-Mate and Griffin roll-out their updated and new designs for the BlackBerry Storm 2.