Excerpt: Having made its name with keyboard-toting handsets for the corporate email crowd, RIM heads off in a different direction -- aimed squarely at the iPhone. It's the first touchscreen BlackBerry boasting a clickable touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and a host of media features.
Summary: Brace yourself as the Storm has arrived and it is shaking things up for the BlackBerry-toting crowd. Known as BlackBerry's first-ever capacitive touchscreen phone, it is a full 360-degree change from Research In Motion's (RIM) well-loved formula of sporting a QWERTY keyboard.
Conclusion: There’s a lot more we could say about the touch interface – RIM has quite a few things to learn here, and the manufacturer seems to be unaware that the hover-and-click approach is very awkward.
Pros: Good call quality; high quality camera; built-in GPS; great media compatibility
Cons: Cramped keyboard; typing is difficult; slow interface at times
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Storm is a lot of things: It’s the first touchscreen device ever made by RIM, it has a 3.2-MP camera and it features cut-and-paste tech. But then there’s an even longer list of what the Storm is not : The software isn’t fully realized, the handset is no lightweight, the battery life...
Pros: Click screen is a revelation for touch-compatible devices. Converts iTunes to BlackBerry media without breaking a sweat. Included GSM card means the Storm is a true globetrotter — it can work in virtually any foreign port. Photos, video and text pop like Ice Cube’s AK (on a bad day). Posh fit and...
Cons: OS lag on a piece of hardware this gorgeous is unacceptable. Scrolling through menus is jagged, slow and pokey. Accelerometer sometimes takes a good 5 to 10 seconds to orient itself. Lack of WiFi is lame. Verizon’s totalitarian control over the Storm’s OS is even lamer.
Conclusion: If touch screens tickle your fancy or you've had a bad case of iPhone envy, but can't live without the BlackBerry push email experience and very complete smartphone feature set, the BlackBerry Storm might be for you.
Summary: The RIM BlackBerry Storm may blow in a frenzy for Verizon Wireless subscribers wanting a touch screen similar to the Apple iPhone. However, there are bugs and performance issues that prevent the Storm from delivering its full potential.
Pros: The RIM BlackBerry Storm features an innovative touch screen that provides tactile feedback to confirm your selection. The Storm offers dual-mode functionality for world-roaming capabilities as well as EV-DO Rev. A and UMTS/HSDPA support. Other highlights include GPS and a 3.2-megapixel camera.
Cons: The Storm's SurePress touch-screen takes some acclimation and the onscreen keyboard is a bit cramped. The smartphone can still be sluggish even after the firmware update. Speakerphone quality was a bit choppy
Summary: The BlackBerry Storm is an ambitious device, and we generally like the design and what RIM was attempting to accomplish with the interface. Plus, the GPS performance, call quality, and loud speaker are major pluses.
Excerpt: N owadays, mobile telephony is more than just communication. Not only should it meet customers’ needs, it should also be fun. Look around you in a train or at the airport. People seem to be more self-centered and appreciate a little distraction at any time.
Summary: We really want to like the Storm. The clickable touch screen is an interesting concept, e-mail access is as strong as ever and it’s a well-designed device. Sadly, the Storm has too many niggling issues, mainly software-based, that prevent it from being the great BlackBerry it could have been.
Pros: Clickable touch screen, excellent display, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1GB internal memory with microSD slot, still a BlackBerry at heart, reasonable multimedia features and performance
Cons: No Wi-Fi, questionable battery life, too many niggling interface issues, auto-rotation is buggy, lag/slowdown at various points, poor scrolling, full QWERTY keyboard is difficult to type accurately on, slight touch of keys registers but doesn't activate anything
Excerpt: The Storm is here and while I’m sure you're anxious to know how it fared. We were too. So it took us a little while to get through with testing and here’s what we have to say. Form Factor The 9500’s build quality exudes a certain sturdiness with slim chromed lines and who can miss that brilliant...