When the Apple iPhone first arrived on the scene, it got a lot of media attention. When the T-Mobile G1 launched, we all swooned over the Google Android operating system. Now that the first touchscreen BlackBerry from Research in Motion has hit the limelight, we simply cannot get enough of the BlackBerry Storm.
While I could certainly link to a single review that runs you through the core features and how the Storm stacks up against the competition, I figured it would be much more useful to look at not one, but six reviews that have been posted around the Internet. The best perspective is the multi-faceted one.
Crunchgear says that the Storm is a “BlackBerry through and through” with its great email integration, fantastic browser, and good sound quality. The camera and visual voicemail were also noted as strong points, but the Crunch was not a fan of the clickable screen, the “spastic” accelerometer, and the lack of physical keys.
The Boy Genius Report applauds the gorgeous display, impressive build quality, and the “tons of useful gestures to help make navigating easier.” The Boy notes that the new SurePress interface is a “love it or hate it” experience, and the OS needs some work.
Gizmodo found that the Storm was surprisingly heavy and enjoyed the “genuinely satisfying tactile sensation” that the clicking touchscreen provides. The physical buttons, all nine of them, are quite numerous. While the Storm is a “strong effort,” it’s not quite the killer handset that RIM hoped it would be.
jkOnTheRun says that the Storm is pretty good with its innovative touchscreens and use of dual keyboards (SureType in portrait, QWERTY in landscape). Among the favorite features are the visual voicemail, web browsing, media player (on he stunning display), and the fact that is’a BlackBerry. JK loves BlackBerries.
Wired feels that RIM’s first touchscreen device “almost eclipses the iPhone” by focusing on areas where Cupertino’s handset falls short. You get video on the superior 3.2 megapixel camera, an innovative touchscreen (seeing a trend?), and the inclusion of cut-and-paste. Too bad the OS lags and the accelerometer can take up to 10 seconds to orient itself. The lack of Wi-Fi is also “lame.”
Walt Mossberg is widely known for his love of all things Apple, so how does he feel about the iPhone-fighting BlackBerry Storm? Overall, he’s quite positive saying that the Storm is “very capable” and while the multimedia software “isn’t as fancy as the iPhone’s,” it is “better than the G1’s.”