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Looks like for once I am in agreement with The New York Times gadget columnist David Pogue, who eviscerated the new Blackberry Storm device in his review published earlier today. “But I’ve got a better name for it: the BlackBerry Dud. The first sign of trouble […]

Looks like for once I am in agreement with The New York Times gadget columnist David Pogue, who eviscerated the new Blackberry Storm device in his review published earlier today.

“But I’ve got a better name for it: the BlackBerry Dud.
The first sign of trouble was the concept: a touchscreen BlackBerry. That’s right — in its zeal to cash in on some of that iPhone touch screen mania, R.I.M. has created a BlackBerry without a physical keyboard. Hello? Isn’t the thumb keyboard the defining feature of a BlackBerry? A BlackBerry without a keyboard is like an iPod without a scroll wheel. A Prius with terrible mileage. Cracker Jack without a prize inside. ( via The New York Times)

I had pretty much the same sentiments, though I wasn’t quite as colorful. Many who have used the Storm’s touch keyboard have been disappointed by it. Others, have been turned off by its lack of WiFi support.

  1. im afraid that i must disagree. i have the storm and it works great for me. its faster than my iphone 3g and has a much better camera and battery life. i really like the suretype and if you don’t then it can be disabled in the settings to work like a normal touch screen. it has a few bugs, nothing too major and nothing that can’t be fixed with a firmware update (RIM said it would be out next week). the iphone is cool but i am prefering the storm for its better call quality and email.

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  2. To borrow from the quoted metaphor…
    Saying that a virtual keyboard is not a keyboard is like saying a digital speedometer is not a speedometer. If the biggest complaint about a cutting edge device is that it cuts too much edge then I think people are basically spiting criticism for the sake of getting attention.

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    1. wow, that was perfectly said (especially the cutting edge part lol).

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  3. Why don’t you just put up in large bold letters “THIS IS NOT AN IPHONE”. That would get your point across, it sucks because it is not the Iphone. As for Wifi, I will wave at you as I drive by the Mcdonalds you stopped at to leach off their WIFI. Then I will laugh when I realize I don’t have to stop at a hotspot to know I have a decent connection.

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  4. iPod touch doesn’t have a a scroll wheel. NYT has a moron for columnist.

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  5. I don’t own a BB Storm, but I’m seriously considering purchasing one. I played with one for a while at a VZW store yesterday and the first thing I noticed is that I can type on this thing pretty easily, UNLIKE an iPhone.

    -Adam

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  6. This story is one gives one of the reasons why we decided to develop enterprise applications for the iPhone and not the Blackberry. http://blog.cosential.com/?p=156

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  7. My guess is most of these reviews were written by RIM employees.. I tried the phone out the other day. Can’t begin to tell you how much I hate this phone. Fix the bugs and you will still have a dud…Navigation is an absolute joke. RIM has about 2 to 3 solid years of work to get this thing in shape – too bad google and apple will be that much further along…bye bye RIM

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  8. The virtual keyboard is genius!! I personally did not want to purchase a touch-phone because of the lack of a real keyboard but I would definitely get myself a BB Storm now.

    -Shak

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  9. RIM has decided to compete with apple by pretending they don’t exist. The RIM GPS is disabled by Verizon and they charge you a monthly fee to “provision” your phone (take the monkey-wrench out).

    I was sold a phone that could work as a tethered modem. It does not work on OS X, which is the most robust and stable popular OS. I could not get anyone at verizon or RIM to even admit to being hard at work…or even an assurance that anyone would ever work on fixing it; nullifying my bait-n-switch feelings. Syncing between the mac and the Blackberry Curve is also impossible and leads to myriad crashes and problems (on the blackberry, while the mac OS hums along with nary a glitch)

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    1. Sorry Fred, you couldn’t be more wrong although you’re partially right.
      Tethering is a leaching process where you piggyback on a network connection to as if you didn’t exist. While I agree it would be nice to go back to the old days when Service Providers didn’t know we were doing this, in today’s comm integrated world we now have to pay a small fee to allow the same feature as a separate EVDO wireless card on our computer.
      I have a MBP MAC w OS X and have had no problem configuring the BBS as a USB or tethered modem to use the network. Have been doing so since getting my BBS Nov 22, 2008.
      You should get the Sync software for the MAC since RIM was still in the process of getting use to MAC users being professionals. Now they have a version that works snappy!

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  10. My last 4 phones have been Blackberries and I must admit that lack of WiFi is a major turnoff. The virtual keyboard aspect is just about getting used to it- give it 2-3 years and probably QWERTY (and conventional) keyboards will be obsolete, so its all a matter of getting used to.

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