Taking apart the Storm 2 reveals how the new SurePress works
This article contains unofficial information.
So does the Storm 2 use this Piezo technology discussed on the new video? It is not certain, but some of that technology might be involved in the process where the screen does not move when the power to the phone is off, and returns to the clicking mode when the power is restored. Cutting open the phones does show that the Storm 2 does not have a button for each letter, number and function key under the glass. It seems that simply putting one button in each corner and removing the one in the middle better reproduces the feel of typing on a physical keyboard and also allows the user to press down on two different letters at the same time for multi-touch capabilities. No matter how RIM has improved SurePress, if the keyboard lives up to its promise, the Canadian manufacturer will have achieved its goal of making a virtual keyboard feel like a physical QWERTY.
source: Crackberry, BlackBerryCool
1. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
I found this to be a very interesting article.
2. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)
huh...this is cool but now im curious. say you rotate the phone counterclockwise (top of phone to the left) so its horizontal for a full qwerty... and try to follow me on this... im just wondering how well this new setup will work for the "multitouch". its a great idea, and i do actually like it, but lets say that you press on the 'z' button. thats in the bottom left corner so the bottom left button under the screen is pressed, simple. so with the multitouch now you can press any other button at the same time. what if you tried to press a button close to the one you already pressed? for example, you press and hold 'z' and then try to press 'x'? the 'x' button is also in the bottom left of the screen, but since it is to the right of 'z' maybe it will activate the bottom right button under the screen? perhaps. but try it the other way. lets say you press 'x' first, thats in the bottom left of the display so the bottom left button registers the press, THEN you try to press 'z', what will the screen do then? because the bottom left button is already occupied with registering the 'x'. would one button be able to register more then one simultaneous press? great technology, seems much improved. and im not being skeptical, just curious and thinking about it...
4. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Yeah I can see your point. I hadn't thought of that til now that you brought it up. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how the thing works when it's all said and done. I'm VERY interested to see how this new version compares with the original. I'm sure it will be night and day, but just how dramatic of a difference is what I want to see. Like everyone else on here, I know the original has it's problems, so it will be interesting to see what RIM has done in a year to vastly improve on its current model.
3. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
I see your point, I think each one works in sequence to what side is pushed, I'm sure it has the same effects as the first Gen but spread out to 4 sensors....pretty cool though, a little dissapointed in the first one though seems a little cheesey...like they must have known the screen would teeter around one mound in the midddle of the phone, right?
5. whitman5115 (Posts: 28; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
Why would you want to press X and press y at the same time? Just curious.
6. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Haha! Maybe he's trying to tell someone about the sick new tune he wrote on his xylophone!
7. JK Wylde (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)
He said x then z, but even so what if you were putting a model number in an email, or the SKU from a product, or if you wanted to spell czechoslovakia, you might have the same situation whith the c and then z.