The Storm is the first innovative touch-screen BlackBerry and even now, after the firmware update, it has goods and bads at the same time.
The good: The Storm is a faster, better device after the upgrade, including the responsiveness of the accelerometer, and improved battery life. While the Storm’s design might not be the most inspiring, the smartphone’s display, the 3.25-inch VGA glass display that shows 65,000 colors at a crisp 480×360-pixel resolution.
The RIM BlackBerry Storm’s touch screen provides tactile feedback to confirm your selection. Besides, it uses SurePress, so that when you select an application or enter text, you actually push the screen down like you would any other tactile button. In terms of text entry, the BlackBerry Storm features a SureType keyboard when the smartphone is in portrait mode and then switches to a full QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode. It offers DataViz Documents To Go Standard Edition, so you can now edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files as well. Other PIM applications include a Calendar, a task list, a memo pad, a voice recorder, a calculator, a password keeper, and more. The Storm runs the latest BlackBerry OS 4.7, bringing an updated user interface much like the BlackBerry Bold. For e-mail, the Storm can sync with your company’s BlackBerry Enterprise server, with support for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, or Novell GroupWise, to deliver corporate e-mail in real time. You can also access up to 10 personal/business POP3 or IMAP4 e-mail accounts via the BlackBerry Internet Service. There’s also an attachment viewer for opening Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Corel WordPerfect, PDF, JPEG, GIF, and more.
The Storm offers dual-mode functionality for world-roaming capabilities (the phone switches automatically between CDMA and GSM networks to offer seamless international roaming) as well as EV-DO Rev. A (that brings download speeds up to the 450Kbps-to-800Kbps range) and UMTS/HSDPA support, so you can get 3G support while overseas. Other highlights include GPS and a 3.2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, as well a flash, auto focus, 2x zoom, and image stabilization. The handset is packed with a set of accessories, including a travel charger with various adapters, a USB cable, an 8GB microSD card, a SIM card, a wired headset, a software CD, and reference material. The BlackBerry Storm has a full HTML Web browser that you can view in Internet Explorer or Firefox mode. The Storm’s built-in media player can play various music and video formats, including MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, and MIDI music files, and MPEG4, WMV, DivX4, XviD (partial support), and H.263 video clips. It also works with the BlackBerry Media Sync application.
The bad: The handset is sluggish, buggy and a bit heavy at 4.4 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep and weighs 5.6 ounces. The Storm’s SurePress touch-screen takes some acclimation and the onscreen keyboard is a bit cramped. Unlike other BlackBerry models, there is no trackball navigator. Speakerphone quality is not so great and there’s no integrated Wi-Fi. The BlackBerry Storm will not support Verizon’s V Cast music and video services, at least not for now.
The price of this new and interesting handset is $199.99 – $599.99
RIM BlackBerry Storm Video Presentation