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

joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:26:33 PM
re: Storm Warnings Need more time with the Storm to give a measured opinion. Will report back after the weekend.

IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:26:33 PM
re: Storm Warnings I've been (informally) testing the BlackBerry Bold in UK.

Key findings:
* Screen and keypad is fantastic
* Web browser is not up to scratch
* It's hard to get used to a new OS/UI
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:26:33 PM
re: Storm Warnings On first look, Storm or G1?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:26:31 PM
re: Storm Warnings Flash probably isn't that far off.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:26:31 PM
re: Storm Warnings Things I want for my G1:

Powerpoint viwer
Flash Support
Pandora Support

Other than that I am really liking it so far. One really stupid thing is the fact you have to download the Tmboile WiFi Hotsport applet instead of it being preloaded.

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