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RIM Storm from Verizon

Dan Jones

November 20, 2008

1 Min Read
Storm Warnings

MIDNIGHT -- Verizon Wireless lent me one of the new BlackBerry Storm touch-screen phones to try out. I haven't spent much time with it yet -- daily tech journalism being what it is -- but here are some initial impressions:

  • The tactile touch-screen is, to me, its major advantage over the iPhone. I far prefer typing on a screen that clicks as you enter data.

    • Pictures and videos are the best quality I have yet seen on a smartphone, thanks mostly to the display.

      • It feels solid like a BlackBerry, but some iPhone fans might find it lacking in visual design flair.

        • The quad-band worldphone (CDMA/GSM) capability, removable battery, and upgradable storage are all nice touches.

          • Seems like the lack of Rhapsody Networks music downloads for this phone is the major consumer drawback at the moment. Verizon says that you can access downloads through V-Cast and it will have Rhapsody for this phone soon, but currently the music gets side-loaded via the storage card.

          More on battery-life and software performance after I've spent more time with the phone.

          — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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