Review: Blackberry Storm
Recently my work mobile smartphone went to crap, probably because it was running on Microsoft Windows Mobile or some other brilliant OS they conjured up in the great Northwest. I previously had a Palm Treo so I thought about going back to that family. I however opted to go with Blackberry this time.
OK, my first thought was to go with Apple's iPhone. But you know, even though it is for work, I do enjoy actually being able to talk on it and AT&T has never been my friend. Staying on Verizon Wireless, I was left with few options. I decided on one of their older Blackberry World phones. However, they decided to ship me the Blackberry Storm instead for the same price. What a deal, I thought.
When I initially received it, I immediately disliked it. It's heavier than the Motorola Q that I had been using and if memory serves me right, it seems close in weight to the Palm Treo 650 I had before that. Then the touchscreen felt wrong. You really have to put physical pressure on the screen. I have an iPod Touch at home and that works like a charm. Touchscreen there means brushing the screen. Not on the Storm.
I have now been using it for about 2 weeks and I have to say it has grown on me. Maybe it's the Twitter updates I was sending from inaugural events using Twitterberry. The touchscreen and I had some growing pains, but it seems to work well. I'm starting to understand why it's called a "Crackberry" by some as I can't seem to put it down when I'm on the move. Sitting through meetings will be tough.
A great add-on is Bayalink's Liberty. Essentially a bluetooth adaptor on a USB key, it acts as a conduit to allow one to work off the Blackberry using a Windows PC. That made things much easier to handle. It is a pain to type a long e-mail on a handheld, and I found it tougher on a touchscreen. But with the Liberty, I'm able to respond to e-mails with ease even if I am off my e-mail on the notebook.
If you are interested in moving up to a Blackberry with touchscreen, I can now recommend the Storm. It is my first Crackberry, so I don't know how it compares with other models. From on-line forums and reviews, The biggest complaint I have heard is the keyboard, which of course, is the problem with any touchscreen.
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