BBDC: First hands-on with the BlackBerry Storm

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BlackBerry Storm

First off, I apologize for the poor image quality. It’s been well documented what a terrible photographer I am and the coffee isn’t helping. I’ll try to get better shots later, when the RIM police aren’t around. Anyways, here are my quick hands on thoughts.

The device itself is more svelte than you’d expect from photos, being less wide and long than the BlackBerry Bold and about as thick (albeit without the Bold’s slimmer and sexier leather backing). It fits comfortably in your hand both vertically and horizontally, but if you’re looking for one handed texting, SureType is the way to go.

The screen? Works perfectly. RIM knocked it out of the park. You immediately grasp how to use it (from many years of practice with the scrollwheel and scrollball, natch.) and you don’t have to click the screen in very hard to select.

In terms of texting, a couple of tweaks need to be made to get it perfect. First, selecting small input fields is a little tricky right now (like the “http: bar” in the browser), but that’s being worked on. Also, editing something you’ve already written is problematic, because your finger usually covers up the area you’re scrolling to. A magnifying glass feature like on the iPhone would be helpful.

I didn’t get to try copy and paste
, but I will as soon as I can get my hands on the device again.

No Wi-Fi hurts at this conference. The Storm was running on GSM and the EDGE speed to load the BlackBerry Cool website was killer. Also, the browser still has some rendering/javascript issues, but the device isn’t out yet so give it time.

All and all, it’s the BlackBerry experience with a touchscreen. Good job, RIM!

BlackBerry Storm

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  • http://www.josiahbarlow.com/ Josiah

    NICE!! It looks/sounds incredible, thanks for giving us the rundown of the device…I’m really looking forward to switching from Tmo to Verizon this November! ;)

  • http://www.josiahbarlow.com Josiah

    NICE!! It looks/sounds incredible, thanks for giving us the rundown of the device…I’m really looking forward to switching from Tmo to Verizon this November! ;)

  • LouTreize

    I’m jealous…very jealous. Thanks for the info boys!

  • LouTreize

    I’m jealous…very jealous. Thanks for the info boys!

  • http://www.quicklybored.com/ Kyle

    These photos are awful! Just take 2 seconds to learn how to use the ISO and focus features.

  • http://www.quicklybored.com Kyle

    These photos are awful! Just take 2 seconds to learn how to use the ISO and focus features.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    kyle – you’re such a downer. Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on this device.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    kyle – you’re such a downer. Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on this device.

  • netposer

    Kyle–I thought what you said was funny. But in reality it’s sad that a blogger of a tech-blog won’t take a few moments to learn how to take photos or buy a better digi-cam.

    Either way I can’t wait to get my hands on a Bold since my work is not leaving at&t for Verizon anytime soon.

  • netposer

    Kyle–I thought what you said was funny. But in reality it’s sad that a blogger of a tech-blog won’t take a few moments to learn how to take photos or buy a better digi-cam.

    Either way I can’t wait to get my hands on a Bold since my work is not leaving at&t for Verizon anytime soon.

  • DavidB

    What is wrong with the CDMA? Whose EDGE is it running on?

  • DavidB

    What is wrong with the CDMA? Whose EDGE is it running on?

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/ Bla1ze

    Man, you all are harsh…lol, where’s our pictures of the device :P

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info Bla1ze

    Man, you all are harsh…lol, where’s our pictures of the device :P

  • BlogReader

    Also, the browser still has some rendering/javascript issues, but the device isn’t out yet so give it time.

    Why give them any time? They’ve had years to work on their extremely poor browser. They don’t they just throw in the towel and pay Opera to do it and be the default one. Why does BB have to do all of their software “development” in house?

  • BlogReader

    Also, the browser still has some rendering/javascript issues, but the device isn’t out yet so give it time.

    Why give them any time? They’ve had years to work on their extremely poor browser. They don’t they just throw in the towel and pay Opera to do it and be the default one. Why does BB have to do all of their software “development” in house?

  • Caspan

    looks like you took the photos with a really crappy camera.. why don’t people take good pictures, proper light etc…..

  • Caspan

    looks like you took the photos with a really crappy camera.. why don’t people take good pictures, proper light etc…..

  • LouTreize

    Caspan – “First off, I apologize for the poor image quality. It’s been well documented what a terrible photographer I am and the coffee isn’t helping. I’ll try to get better shots later, when the RIM police aren’t around.”

    Can anyone lighten up a bit, it’s the internet for crying out loud.

    BlogReader (??) – That way it gives Opera and Mozilla to develop their own breed of mobile browsing. Although i do agree with what you’re saying, but consider this, competition pushes the envelope.

    Thanks for the post ladies! :D

  • LouTreize

    Caspan – “First off, I apologize for the poor image quality. It’s been well documented what a terrible photographer I am and the coffee isn’t helping. I’ll try to get better shots later, when the RIM police aren’t around.”

    Can anyone lighten up a bit, it’s the internet for crying out loud.

    BlogReader (??) – That way it gives Opera and Mozilla to develop their own breed of mobile browsing. Although i do agree with what you’re saying, but consider this, competition pushes the envelope.

    Thanks for the post ladies! :D

  • murphy tha dog

    “No Wi-Fi hurts at this conference. The Storm was running on GSM and the EDGE speed to load the BlackBerry Cool website was killer. Also, the browser still has some rendering/javascript issues, but the device isn’t out yet so give it time.”

    It also hurts when you get off of a plane and find that your carrier is experiencing problems in the location you just landed in and you can’t make a call, you can’t send an email and you can’t sms anyone. Ask me how I know.

    If my device would have had wi-fi I could have gotten around not having service for 3 freakin days. Please include the wifi, or I might have to wait on this one.

  • murphy tha dog

    “No Wi-Fi hurts at this conference. The Storm was running on GSM and the EDGE speed to load the BlackBerry Cool website was killer. Also, the browser still has some rendering/javascript issues, but the device isn’t out yet so give it time.”

    It also hurts when you get off of a plane and find that your carrier is experiencing problems in the location you just landed in and you can’t make a call, you can’t send an email and you can’t sms anyone. Ask me how I know.

    If my device would have had wi-fi I could have gotten around not having service for 3 freakin days. Please include the wifi, or I might have to wait on this one.

  • ek

    a basic rundown….if im looking for my first blackberry should i go for the storm or the bold….now im not big business or anything so i just like practical useful features….which is better for the average guy

  • ek

    a basic rundown….if im looking for my first blackberry should i go for the storm or the bold….now im not big business or anything so i just like practical useful features….which is better for the average guy

  • DavidB

    @ek:
    You will need to decide two things:
    1 you want ATT or Verizon?
    2 touch screen or keyboard.

    Those will make the decision for you. You should go hands on try both once they are out though. You’ll be locked in for two years so chose wisely!

  • DavidB

    @ek:
    You will need to decide two things:
    1 you want ATT or Verizon?
    2 touch screen or keyboard.

    Those will make the decision for you. You should go hands on try both once they are out though. You’ll be locked in for two years so chose wisely!

  • ek

    well i am already with verizon…..does that limit it? and to which one?

  • ek

    well i am already with verizon…..does that limit it? and to which one?

  • DavidB

    @ek:
    So you don’t follow BB news much eh? :) that’s okay.

    In USA:
    Bold = ATT
    Storm = Verizon

    Bold could be bought and “unlocked” to work on TMO, but not at 3G speed. Storm will ONLY work on Verizon (and Bell/Telus in Canada). It’s a CDMA/EVDO thing.

  • DavidB

    @ek:
    So you don’t follow BB news much eh? :) that’s okay.

    In USA:
    Bold = ATT
    Storm = Verizon

    Bold could be bought and “unlocked” to work on TMO, but not at 3G speed. Storm will ONLY work on Verizon (and Bell/Telus in Canada). It’s a CDMA/EVDO thing.

  • DavidB

    @ek:
    So you don’t follow BB news much eh? :) that’s okay.

    In USA:
    Bold = ATT
    Storm = Verizon

    Bold could be bought and “unlocked” to work on TMO, but not at 3G speed. Storm will ONLY work on Verizon (and Bell/Telus in Canada). It’s a CDMA/EVDO thing.