BlackBerry Storm: Sorta Like an iPhone
The BlackBerry has undergone yet another facelift, and this transformation is its most radical yet. Borrowing a page from the iPhone, the Instinct, and the G1, the newest RIM handset seems to bridge the gap between everyday consumer and enterprise user. The traditional BlackBerry, with its full QWERTY keyboard, was too much of a tool for consumers, and the Pearl was too much of a toy for business users: the compromised keyboard was tough to use, especially for those whose thumbs were trained on the original Blackberry.
Now, though, all bets are off as the Storm arrives, since it has a touch-screen interface. RIM wants to get you hooked on Crack(berry).
According to RIM, the BlackBerry Storm will be available later this fall exclusively to Verizon Wireless users in the U.S. and Vodafone users in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Adding a touch-screen device to its BlackBerry arsenal is another sign that RIM is targeting both consumers and business-conscious users with its recent lineup of smartphones, which also include the oft-delayed BlackBerry Bold 9000 and the just-released BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. BlackBerry's new cadre of devices deliver on the communications and global connectivity that is their cornerstone, but adds personal touches and multimedia capabilities.