Verizon officially unveils the BlackBerry Storm

By on October 8, 2008, 10:54 AM
The much-anticipated BlackBerry Storm has finally been officially unveiled, following months of rumors, leaks and hype. The handset is largely seen as yet another response to the success of the Apple iPhone, but the RIM hopes to differentiate itself by making its touch-screen more tactile than those of its competitors – namely, by making it “clickable.”

This means that when users want to select something, be it anything from starting an application to typing a text message, they’ll actually have to press down on virtual keys. While this admittedly takes some getting used to, a handful of tech journalists who have been given access to the phone early believe the touch-screen is one critical area where the Storm actually beats the iPhone.

Of course you also get many other features familiar to smartphone users, such as email, web browsing, built-in camera, integrated GPS, and media player capabilities – though it notably lacks Wi-Fi. It’s compatible with virtually every single network on earth and offers 1GB of onboard memory storage plus a microSD/SDHC memory card slot to support up to 16GB of additional storage.

No pricing has been announced as of yet, but the BlackBerry Storm will be available later this fall exclusively to Verizon Wireless users in the U.S. and Vodafone users in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Check out a few hands-on reviews at Wired, Engadget, and Cnet.

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Eddie_42 said:
Im curious about the 'tactile' touchscreen, if any is familiar. Does it take extra pressure to activate, instead of a light touch, or is there something else I am missing?
dang that memory boost is VERY nice, curve only has like 16 mb of onboard memory...something around there, then u get like 1gb and 2gb of additional storage, which is pretty bad for multimedia. The touch screen concept sounds like it might prevent accidentally touching other things on the screen. If it does that without slowing me down I'm gonna be pretty excited to look at blackberry's on my next time I gotta upgrade. Lack of Wifi is pretty stupid but it just might not matter in the future anyways, who knows what the future of Wifi is...
DarkCobra said:
I think I'm going to be all over this providing I like the feel of the keyboard. It is feature loaded with pretty much all I require. A lot of people are questioning the lack of WiFi but with 3G being super fast and far more available the lack of WiFi doesn't matter for me. I'm sick of hunting for WiFi hot spots anyway and 3G fills the bill nicely.
captain828 said:
typo: SDHC not SDHD
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