I have to start by admitting that I’m biased toward BlackBerry devices. They call my name in the middle of the night, I’m sure it has something to do with the bright blinking light. No, but seriously, I like BlackBerry for business purposes and I also like that all my Google uses come with apps for the BlackBerry so I don’t have to load the weak web browser.
Before I get on about how I can’t wait for the next Verizon BlackBerry, let me first say that the Storm is everything anyone could want in a latest and greatest gadgetry device. It feels solid in the hand, it has a large screen without feeling terribly bulky in the pocket, it sports a semi-super fast network connection, and it’s loaded with a bunch of apps for you to tinker with when it’s new or you’re bored.
Which brings me to what I really want to write about, and that’s the shortcomings of the Storm. BlackBerry, and who knows why, insists on under powering their handhelds with slower than needed processors. I consistently feel as though I’m waiting for the phone to catch up to whatever it is I’m trying to do. (Perhaps we’re just too spoiled with desktops that do more by 6AM than the rest of us do all day.) I wouldn’t expect it to be quick like a computer if it wasn’t trying so hard to act like my computer, what with its email, web browsing, and video games. Really, must it do everything?
Lag time is my biggest gripe, but I’m also disappointed with how heavy it is. Feels like I’ve got a pocket full of flat rocks that I’m walking around town with. (My Curve 8310 is light as a feather by comparison.)
It’s not that I’m unhappy with the SureType so much as I’m not that interested in touch screens. While I like that it makes for a larger viewable area, I’m usually bothered with the typing inaccuracies. Practice has lowered my error count, but still is more time needed to send a message than when using a tactile keyboard like the Curve or the Bold.
Long story short, if you need a new BlackBerry with a 3G connection and are stuck with Verizon then go for the Storm, else, if you can handle the torture of waiting for the next, hold out for the Niagra from BlackBerry which should be out by the 3rd quarter this year. And if you really have it in you to calm your wants, wait till the 4G networks are unloaded on the market and get your new phone next year.
In the meanwhile, this is Justin saying, “write to me if you must, but please don’t call me.”