I had the opportunity this weekend to head over to Verizon and watch my buddy upgrade from his current Blackberry World Edition to the new Storm. Between demoing the floor model and getting my hands on his, I was utterly blown away with the Storm’s speed, flexibility, and ease of use.
Verizon has managed to combine the practical, business-minded approach and functionality inherent to all their products with a 2nd generation, touch-screen interface that makes managing multiple tasks incredibly efficient.
In addition to the always reliable battery life, much improved browser experience, and a crystal clear screen, the SurePress technology is the real kicker. It allows users to hover, highlight and then press the “key,” and in the end, I found it much easier, faster and more accurate to type emails and select from pop-up menus then the iPhone’s keyboard.
The SurePress touch screen is intuitive; I was able to produce a basic PowerPoint presentation on my friend’s Storm in just a few minutes (though God help me if I ever find myself in that dilemma). And as always, the Storm retains RIM’s unsurpassed email, conference call and multi-function capabilities for business users, and thanks to the new 3G support, the ability to download data or leverage a Blackberry as a tethered modem for your laptop has greatly improved.
And at $199 (after the mail-in rebate), it’s a hell of a lot more affordable then the iPhone.
One disadvantage? The Storm doesn’t leverage the mini USB power adaptors for recharging, so if you already own a current Blackberry, you’ll have to purchase new accessories for the Storm.
I just can’t wait for my contract to expire in about 3 weeks so I can make the upgrade.
And as you can see below, the Storm’s size is comparable to that of the iPhone’s
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