Storm 3 coming in November?
This article contains unofficial information.
To say the BlackBerry Storm brand of phones didn’t live up to expectations would be an understatement. When the rumors swirled about the third-generation device being cancelled, it wasn’t really a huge surprise. This latest rumor however is going completely against the grain of what was originally thought to be true, so what should we believe?
Well for starters, the original rumor of cancellation is entirely false. The device which would have featured the clicking mechanism behind the screen has indeed been shelved. However, a device with a capacitive screen and no clicking sensation is slated for a November release. This device would be branded the Storm 3.
This newest addition to the Storm family would sport the latest version of the BlackBerry software, OS 6. Not much else is known, not even the company that would carry this device. Verizon would seem like the logical choice given they were the exclusive carriers of the first 2 Storm devices.
Would you consider grabbing a Storm 3 if they were to get rid of the SurePress technology? Or are you one of the fans on the clicking screen? Leave us your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.
11. tomorrowisnow (unregistered)
This would be like remarrying your ex-wife.
13. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)
It would be like remarrying your ex-wife now that she has 3 kids from other people that you are now paying for.
17. RIM Killed My Life (unregistered)
ROFLMAO. You guys hit it on the head. Best analogies ever.
2. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
Just give VZW the Torch and they will be very successful.
3. ajac09 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
who says its launching on Verizon'? Maybe RIM shopped to sprint US Cellular or someone else?
15. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)
yes, RIM is going to exclusively sell it on a regional carrier. thats where the money is. if its not on vzw kinda doesnt make sense to call it a storm 3, since a new carrier didnt have a storm 1 or 2. maybe a new carrier and name will help it out...unless its still a buggy freezy POS
4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I wouldn't buy it no matter what. I'd take an android phone any day before i got a blackberry especially considering Verizon has the best android options of any US carrier.
5. neutrality (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Apr 2009)
If they can not only put a decent capacitive touch screen on the device, but also secure it with a decent camera, and a 1Ghz processor, then I will definitely purchase the device. I've had my incredible since launch (I was lucky enough to actually get the phone on time) and while the phone is great, nothing aggravates me more about android than each individual phone's lengthy road to get the latest version. News about a new android OS is awesome, until you realize it won't come to your device for months. Not to mention, OS6 seems like a perfectly viable competitor in today's market, and with the added extra of BBM (something neither apple nor google have been able to successfully pull off) I would definitely be interested. To this day I feel the only thing keeping RIM from being up there with the rest of them is the lack of advanced hardware on their phones. I would, however, rename the device if it does arrive. No one is going to want a device named Storm anymore. Perhaps go back to the original name "Thunder"?
7. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
"There will be a software update for the Storm in Quarter 2 of 2008." That was what I was told to tell customers who got stuck with the original Storm at launch. So complain about Android getting nonessential software updates on a timetable of a few months; they NEVER really fixed the original Storm.
14. neutrality (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Apr 2009)
Fair argument, but I'm not talking about minor software updates that fix a few bugs here and there, Android releases major benchmark OSs and phones are often left in the dust. Froyo is a major update, as will be its successor and so on. Blackberry hasn't released a new OS until very recently. OS5 and OS6 would be comparable to 2.1 and 2.2, and the length between the releases of those two OSs is very different.
16. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I didn't say Froyo and its cousins were minor updates. I just said that they're nonessential. My Cliq, which I used until very recently, was on 1.5 and I never needed it to be at anything higher. Frankly, it probably ran better on 1.5 than it would on froyo. And at least many Android phones can get these updates; most of your blackberries sold in the past year will never get OS 6.
6. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Blech. The first Storm sucked, I was in warranty department when it came out. Imagine how fun that was, esp. since I couldn't do anything because tech support handled smartphone warranty claims at the time. The second Storm...meh, it was okay, but nothing special. And the Droid totally eclipsed it. I've never liked Blackberry devices; they're too slow and too boring. And now with Android's advances in the email department and with the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global coming out, their last advantages over Android are being washed away.
8. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
i disagree...push notifications is where Blackberry outshines Android. I carried the original Storm and unlike the ultra-sensitive/bitchy borderline paranoid customers who complained based off of word of mouth issues mine worked great. Since this phone was labeled the iPhone killer i think ppl expected it to perform like the iPhone...but when it didn't the phone became "junk". What soured me from Blackberry was the terrible web browser. if OS6 has addressed that issue i think we have a heavy contendor in the smartphone game. Of course RIM would also have to up their game with at least a 1Ghz processor and all the fix-ins. BBM is an unrivaled feature not to mention the enterprise capabilities. Yes Android does email...but Blackberry does it the most efficient. I like my Droid X and my Fascinate but if Blackberry could catch up to the latest market trends with iOS/Android i would def. carry it in a heartbeat.
10. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The phone was junk because many of them were glitchy as hell, the touchscreen wicked, and the phone would physically brick. BBM is unrivaled? Um, hello, GOOGLE TALK? Gee, since a google account is pretty necessary to bring an Android phone to its full potential, then it's a given that's an automatically functioning feature. And since it's not limited to Android phone users, I'd say that's pretty competitive, dontchathink?
9. ccb4life (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Sep 2010)
Only time will tell if RIM learned from putting subpar hardware on the Torch. If the Storm 3 has a 1Ghz processor, close to or an AMOLED screen, a minimum 5 megapixel camera with flash, and a front facing camera, then I may come back to BB. One can only hope.
12. Cricket540 (unregistered)
Only time can tell how this device will do, personally I feel a blackberry with the surepress screen isnt truly a storm. I have used both the storm and storm2 and had very good luck with both devices, but sadly the storm2 didnt survive so well when it landed in my beer. but good new the beer survived. I have worked for tomobile and now cricket wireless and I even carry a verizon blackberry bold 9650 (my storm2 replacement) I have seen and used more smartphones than I like to admit, but without a doubt in my mind black berry is still number one. I have no problems with mine and will continue to use a blackberry. I use a cricket android right now only because it was different and because I can play length movies in wide screen, my bold screen is a little small. when i carried my storm2 it was the complete for me. I understand everyone has there own likes and dislikes about devices but take it from someone who has seen and done it all. blackberry isnt going anywhere, iphones and androids have nothing on a blackberry ie the storm series. the storm2 was and always will be my favorite blackberry of all time.
18. BBStorm3448 (unregistered)
I love the clicking screen! If the phone doesn't have the clicking screen then it isn't a real blackberry storm. The clicking screen is what led me to the storm in the first place. I have the Storm 1 and I haven't had a problem with it. I work for a VZW Retailer and get to play with all the new Droids out and I still haven't found one that makes want to leave my BLACKBERRY, but if they are going to take away the thing that I believe make the Storm and phone in its own class, then I might as well go with a Droid just for the faster processor and larger market.... Only time will tell....