Daily Archives: 2008-12-05

BlackBerry Storm Simulator

BlackBerry’s latest phone — launched with a ton of advertising — is the BlackBerry Storm, available only through Verizon here in the US. If you’d like to try the phone virtually, you can download the latest BlackBerry simulator.

Previously, I’ve talked about using BlackBerry simulators for mobile web testing. The instructions for this release are the same:

  1. Go to the BlackBerry Developer Tools page
  2. Download and install the “MDS Simulator” and “Smartphone Simulator” – for the latter, choose the v4.70 package to get the Storm (aka BlackBerry 9530)
  3. To simulate, launch first the MDS simulator, then the 9530 simulator

I suggest reading the provided help file, especially to understand the various keyboard/touch options which are kind of funky when mapped to the PC keyboard and mouse.

BlackBerry Storm 9530 Simulator Screenshot