Say the word Blackberry and what I think of is a QWERTY device with messaging capabilities like no other. While the latter part still holds true for RIM’s latest smartphone modeled as the 9500 or, Storm, gone is the full keyboard and the trackball that we’ve come to love- replaced by a large, clickable touch-screen. [...]
Say the word Blackberry and what I think of is a QWERTY device with messaging capabilities like no other. While the latter part still holds true for RIM’s latest smartphone modeled as the 9500 or, Storm, gone is the full keyboard and the trackball that we’ve come to love- replaced by a large, clickable touch-screen. No points for guessing which fruit company RIM is going after with their Storm which is why you’ll see the iPhone referenced several times in this article.
The Storm appears to be a quite bit shorter in length than the iPhone but just a tad bit wider and noticeably fatter. Official specs point it at 112.5mm x 62.2mm x 13.95mm with a weight of 155 grams. The iPhone 3G is listed 115.5m x 62.1m x 12.3mm and weighs 133 grams making it about 15% lighter than the Storm- a difference that is easily felt when holding both the devices. The feel and look of both these devices is great and you’d attract attention carrying either.
Storm certainly takes design cues from RIM’s recent Bold and Curve 8900 models with an all black design outlined in a silver frame. Below the large touch-screen on the front, you see four familiar keys found in all of RIM’s latest smartphones while a lone LED sits on top blinking different colors for different purposes. On the right, you have a 3.5mm jack, volume keys as well as a convenience key that is repeated on the left side along with the new micro USB “B” connector. The top has buttons for muting the device as well as locking it while the back features the 3.2 auto-focus camera found in the Curve 8900 as well as a weighty battery cover the slides open to reveal the battery, your SIM card slot and a micro-SD slot.
Hardware wise, RIM has almost all its bases covered and with the exception of Wi-Fi, you will find the Storm is up-to-date. Wi-Fi isn’t necessarily a requirement on Blackberry devices in this region since as most people here have an unlimited data plan. That, along with HSDPA/3G is fast enough for most of the things you’d use the device for. The Storm comes with 128MB of RAM as well as 1GB built-in storage for your personal files. GPS is built-in and so is Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support. The 624MHz Processor generally does a good job of keeping up with the device however the Storm is not as fast as the Bold which is no surprise as it has to power a really large LCD screen.