No kidding any BlackBerry is reliable. Many people complained about Storm recently saying that the phone is not ready yet and they had issues with screen and other parts of it, but to say the truth, I own one, and have had no problems with it so far (using it for 3 month…).
At some point of time, and actually even now, BlackBerry Pearl was and is considered one of the most reliable phones. Look at those “babes” - they are so solid and there is almost no spot where something could fall off or crack.
However, Pearl didn’t have actual QWERTY keyboard, instead it was equipped with SURETYPE from BlackBerry. Another ‘Berry that most of us have heard about or even use right now is Curve. It’s an outstanding phone that you can actually drop as much as you want (don’t test!! ) and even I heard some story from the guys on CrackBerry that one was even “swimming”.
I am using my storm much harder then I would use any other phone, as it has the way more features. Sometimes it’s in my pocket in a pouch, or without it, sometimes I jog with it, sometimes bike with it, and it’s somewhere in my backpack. I don’t even mention how many times I dropped it (so far 4 - 2 of them on a concrete floor in underground parking). And it has only 2 scratches on its body (because of the concrete floor). The material it’s made of is very hard to scratch.
I am pretty sure I will never change my phone brand anymore.