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Who’s loving the Blackberry Storm then?

That’s the Blackberry Storm been out for a little while now. Who’s got one — and kept it? Anyone reading?

The device itself wasn’t for me. I really didn’t like the keyboard — and I felt the build quality wasn’t necessarily up my street either.

That said, I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed the massive screen. I was quite impressed to find the Blackberry App Store on board.

But otherwise, it didn’t ‘work’ for me. And it’s a similar story when I talk to others, particularly in big business. There’s a lot of people I could name who’ve ordered Storms — hoping for something pretty significant — only to spend 3 minutes with it and swap back to their Curve or 8800 series device. Or ‘wait and get a Bold’.

All doesn’t look entirely well in the state of Denmark Blackberry. I wonder what their next trick will be.

So, got a Storm? How’s it performing for you?

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

5 replies on “Who’s loving the Blackberry Storm then?”

Hi Ewan,

I have had one since launch now and as much as I would love to gush lovingly about it unfortuantely I cannot 🙁 Overall the device is quite impressive however there are a multitude of “little things” that drag it down.

I am a one device kinda guy and therefore I need my phone to be a phone first and email device second..unfortunately on both fronts the Storm comes in second place. At the heart of many of the problems for me is the accelerometer (i hope ive spelled that right) and the touchscreen. When the phone switches from portrait to landscape (or vice versa) there is at least a 2-3 second hang while the device tries to figure out what it wants to do….this is compounded when for example you take it from your pocket and it revolves several times on its way up! Then you have to contenend with the clunky touch interface to get to your contacts and make that call. Now it has to be said that the predective text and search functions are quite outstanding almost clairvoyant at times. Particularly as you fumble to get to the word you want striking every letter on the way, it somehow still gets to the right end point! That being said the combination of the accelerometer issue and the interface means making a call can take 5-10 seconds which is far too long by anyone's reckoning.

As for email yes its nice but again the constant and slow swapping from landscape to portrait is very frustrating as (again) is the clunky nature of the interface…..and texting too is a pain. And when you have a few pints on board the device is like some form of water torture as you try to text/call in a less then 100% sober state.

Yes the display is gorgeous, the media player, music and sound quality are all excellent but everytime you dive in the try and get the most out of it there pops up that bloody acclerometer and interface and frustrate the hell out of you.

The Storm is my first Blackberry device. Prior to this I was using the Nokia E51. I would imagine that any existing Blackberry cusotmers would be frustrated by the Storm as the above issues force you to slow down what you are doing in order to avoid all the flock-ology.

The Storm in my opionion has traded some of the substance of other RIM devices (this opinion just based on my observations of other devies and users) for style! If you use a Blackberry now and emailing smartly on the move is of primary concern to you I would not pick up the Storm as it will only dissappoint. The devices excellent features (media in particular) will be of little comfort to you when your spending 10 minutes writing a 2 line mail!!

I hope that helps some of you ou tthere 🙂

Hi Ewan,

I have had one since launch now and as much as I would love to gush lovingly about it unfortuantely I cannot 🙁 Overall the device is quite impressive however there are a multitude of “little things” that drag it down.

I am a one device kinda guy and therefore I need my phone to be a phone first and email device second..unfortunately on both fronts the Storm comes in second place. At the heart of many of the problems for me is the accelerometer (i hope ive spelled that right) and the touchscreen. When the phone switches from portrait to landscape (or vice versa) there is at least a 2-3 second hang while the device tries to figure out what it wants to do….this is compounded when for example you take it from your pocket and it revolves several times on its way up! Then you have to contenend with the clunky touch interface to get to your contacts and make that call. Now it has to be said that the predective text and search functions are quite outstanding almost clairvoyant at times. Particularly as you fumble to get to the word you want striking every letter on the way, it somehow still gets to the right end point! That being said the combination of the accelerometer issue and the interface means making a call can take 5-10 seconds which is far too long by anyone's reckoning.

As for email yes its nice but again the constant and slow swapping from landscape to portrait is very frustrating as (again) is the clunky nature of the interface…..and texting too is a pain. And when you have a few pints on board the device is like some form of water torture as you try to text/call in a less then 100% sober state.

Yes the display is gorgeous, the media player, music and sound quality are all excellent but everytime you dive in the try and get the most out of it there pops up that bloody acclerometer and interface and frustrate the hell out of you.

The Storm is my first Blackberry device. Prior to this I was using the Nokia E51. I would imagine that any existing Blackberry customers would be frustrated by the Storm as the above issues force you to slow down what you are doing in order to avoid all the flock-ology.

The Storm in my opionion has traded some of the substance of other RIM devices (this opinion just based on my observations of other devies and users) for style! If you use a Blackberry now and emailing smartly on the move is of primary concern to you I would not pick up the Storm as it will only dissappoint. The devices excellent features (media in particular) will be of little comfort to you when your spending 10 minutes writing a 2 line mail!!

I hope that helps some of you out there 🙂

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