RIM Blackberry Storm smartphone – first look
Although it started off as the definitive business device, RIM’s BlackBerry has got progressively more consumer-friendly with each iteration, and the latest – the BlackBerry Storm – is the first we’ve seen to truly appeal to all types of user.
It arrived in our office at the beginning of this week, and first impressions are favourable. The front of the Storm is covered by a 3.25-inch touchscreen display, similar in style to Apple’s iPhone. It makes media playback a joy, and the high resolution means images are reproduced in pin-sharp accuracy.
A key difference to other touchscreen phones is that you’ll actually have to press the screen – the whole thing moves like a large button – rather than just tapping it. We found it slightly unusual at first, but one you get accustomed it’s a great system, as you’re left in no doubt your actions have registered.
The menu is typically intuitive, with features and applications divided into finger-friendly buttons. As with all BlackBerrys, it’s easier than ever to setup email accounts and keep in touch with the office, although a lack of Wi-Fi means you’ll have to use the 3G/HSDPA connectivity instead.
We’ve yet to get to grips with all the Storm’s features, but keep an eye out here for a full review in the next couple of days.
on Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 12:53 pm under Buying Guides.
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Tags: 22-inch widescreen TFT display, Smartphones