You’re probably wondering why I’m spending so much time talking about cameras and music videos, when all you want to know about is how well the touchscreen works. Don’t worry, it’s not the disaster other blogs have made it out to be — quite the opposite, in fact. Apart from the slight display delay I mention previously (that should be fixed before launch), the whole process is far more intuitive than you’d expect from RIM. You’ve probably already seen how easy copy and paste is on the Storm, but there a bunch of other nice touches, like highlighting a name so search all emails from that person, quick-swiping through emails and double-tapping the screen to zoom in.
Texting will take some time to get used to, of course, but you’ll get it. Honestly, the largest for me was reminding myself that the screen clickable. Here’s a protip that will ease you into the touchscreen experience: don’t neglect the portrait mode SureType setting. The keys are extremely large, you can see more of the screen, and the predictive text is there to lend a guiding hand. Also, don’t be afraid to use a digit other than your thumb. Many Telus employees were using their pinkies or index fingers to quickly navigate the Storm without blocking the screen too much. Is it too late to coin the term BlackBerry Pinkie?
Telus was mum on the price and the release date for the BlackBerry Storm, even though both seem to be finalized. However, we are able to form educated guesses based upon a few things. None of the Telus people seemed to think our previously reported date of December 8th was on the money and the Storm Rocks tour doesn’t end until December 11th, leading me to believe that the Storm will launch after then, but still in time for Christmas. Also, despite what The Boy Genius thinks, I would be surprised to see Telus sell the Storm for more than $199 on a three year contract (after rebate). This is a consumer device that needs to be priced competitively against the iPhone.
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