Booting up a BlackBerry is incredibly frustrating and slow. Usually it’s best to take the old proverb “a watched pot never boils” and just leave it in your pocket for a of couple minutes and check back. At least with OS 5 we get a status bar showing relatively how long it will be until you can get busy on your BlackBerry again.
Here I have 4 BlackBerrys, all with OS 5 loaded. Two are official OS 5 builds, and 2 are leaks. We’re going to put in the battery at the same time (or as close to the same as possible), and see which one loads first. Here are the contestants:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 OS 188.8.131.520 (this is what it came shipped with)
TELUS Storm 9530 OS 184.108.40.2068 (I think this is the latest leaked)
T-Mobile Bold 9700 OS 220.127.116.110 (out of the box OS)
Rogers Bold 9000 OS 18.104.22.1681 (I believe this is the latest leak)
1: Rogers Bold 9000 OS 22.214.171.1241
2: TELUS Storm 9530 OS 126.96.36.1998
3: Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 OS 188.8.131.520
4: T-Mobile Bold 9700 OS 184.108.40.2060
The winners came in first and second according to the most recent OS build. The winners were both leaked OS builds, while the out-of-the-box OS devices came in 3rd and 4th. For the most part, the newer the OS the faster your device will boot. Now we need to figure out why the Storm2 loads faster than the 9700, which has a newer OS, and I believe a faster processor.
Stay tuned as we’ll tell you all about what is going on during the boot and what factors influence a faster or slower boot time.
The winner? Check out the video after the jump.