Hands-on with BlackBerry Storm

Hands-on with BlackBerry Storm
The eye of the Storm is almost upon us and we are bracing for its impact! Over the last few weeks, we have been teased with all the new wonders that the BlackBerry Storm has to offer with its plethora of innovations. Video teasers and commercials do no justice explaining how unique this phone really is in the palm of your hand. Of course the Storm will have to be compared with the Apple's iPhone because it set the standard for all future touch screen devices. We were recently invited to a private demonstration held in the heart of New York City. Representatives from both RIM and Verizon Wireless were on hand talking about all the features that the Storm has to offer. Of course the real fun during the event was at the end when we got our hands on our own box packaging!

The curved metallic edge accents the glossy black plastic face that surrounds the gorgeous 3.2" screen. The stainless steel back cover protects the phone and feels sturdy in your hand. Indeed, the Storm is a global smart phone which means that it has a spot for a SIM card in the back. One of the representatives informed us that they would provide an unlock code only after 60 days of owning the device on Verizon's service. RIM is also providing some much needed memory to compete with the iPhone in terms of storage with an 8GB microSD card packed with the device. After placing the battery into the phone, we noticed quite some time needed to actually boot up the phone and finally get into the home screen. Once fully powered up, we were greeted with the big red Verizon logo and menu icons for quick access to some of the phones popular applications.

Whoa! That's literally the first thing that comes to mind when pressing your finger into the screen. There is no other expression other than that coming out of the mouths of every single person. You can glide your finger across the menu icons without having to worry about launching an application because you literally have to press down on the screen until you feel the click to make your selection. Tilting the screen to either of its side will switch the view to landscape without any noticeable lag. Afraid of having the phone activate something like placing a call while in your pocket? No worries here, thanks to the unlock button discretely located on the top left side of the phone.

Bright and brilliant can also describe how awe inspiring the quality of videos playing on the device. While previewing the Babylon AD trailer, there were no traces whatsoever of distortion during playback. The video seemed to come alive on screen with colors looking vibrant and sharp. You could almost see every fine detail thanks to its 360x480 pixel display. The auto-focusing 3.2 megapixel camera with a LED flash seemed to produce pretty good images when previewing them on the phone.

It's all fine and dandy that the phone looks great on the outside, but it can only go so far with good looks and new innovations. The new BlackBerry Operating System will have to prove to users out there that they can compete with the likes of the iPhone and Android Operating Systems. Sure you can have multiple programs running in the background, but can it still provide a swift and intuitive interface? The touch screen wars have finally begun with RIM's Storm looking to be a formidable opponent to the mighty iPhone.

Expect our full review soon!

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81 Comments

1. unregistered

i was really hoping for at least an its an amazing phone or it wasnt what we expected. guess i do gotta go try it out in the store

19. unregistered

?????????huh??????????

32. unregistered

He forgot to use quotation marks. He was hoping he would get more of a definitive "yay" or "nay".

71. unregistered

if they said yay, you guys would start bragging and all that crap (like some are already doing even before the release of the phone) but if they say may, iPhone users (like me) will be happy but Verizon people will start getting angry and say stuff like "apple pays phonearena" or "we should call this site iphonearena

79. unregistered

This phone is gonna suck. Who wants to have to literally press in the screen every single letter on a touchscreen phone. That's retarded. I've read reviews where people say their thumbs hurt by the end of the day due to all the physicaly pushing needed. I'll stick with my iPhone that requires the most subtle touch to generate a response and can easily keep up with my speedy thumbs with little to no effort.

2. Jay Chavez unregistered

Thank (my) Verizon for bringing out this phone. Verizon users at least know that they will have a very good signal when using this phone. Unlike AT&T's iPhone 3G weak disappointing signal (my coworkers get angry when they lose their bars) this BlackBerry will be very reliable. AT&T more bars in more places my ass!

4. unregistered

I looked around on ATT's website and their "more bars" claim is based on service after the merger went through, so their basically saying they have more bars now because they're AT&T not actually better service...its stupid. I know from having Verizon that ATT doesn't have more bars, if they did then why are ATT customers asking to borrow my phone in certain areas...hmm maybe cuz VZW is the one with more bars!

7. unregistered

Verizon & Sprint Roam where I live & ATT has 4 bars, I came from T-Mobile. You clowns always talk about who has the best coverage but you don't travel, because of this...none of you know $4!+ ! I travelled with Verizon, T-Mobile & ATT ... I had the best experience with ATT. Does that make it better...no. I'm pretty sure that if I tried, I can find some place where ATT doesn't work. All of you know that all the carriers work very well in all the major markets. Bottom line, find what works best in your area & where you travel. ATT was it for me & I also like having a GSM phone so that I can change phones @ will.

8. unregistered

I've worked for At&t and I've worked for Verizon Wireless. I now work in an architecture firm and travel throughout the world so I'm looking forward to this phone. Having experience in tech support with both companies, I can tell you this: VZW does have more bars in more places than At&t. That's all I ever did for At&t. Handle complaints about dropped calls and bad reception. But it's no fault of either company. It's the nature of the beast. The FCC says that only so many licenses can be sold for any particular market depending on population so if there's no license available, then either company could be devoid of having coverage due to government regulations. If you look on a map, you will see that VZW has a MUCH larger 3G network than At&t does. I think that's VZW's edge... not to mention the number of roaming agreements they have to provide service where they don't have a license to build a tower themselves... it's more impressive than At&t's network.

10. unregistered

verizion wireless has no roaming onour network period! our phones may say roaming on the device,however you are not being charged for it.time to step up to the most reliable nationwide network!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12. unregistered

That is incorrect.. If you travel any distance in the US(ei across a few state borders) you will see verizon typically has a better coverage. ATT is very good in populated areas but try traveling out west through the plain states... att is aweful while verizon coverage almost never drops..

18. unregistered

Incorrect my ass! How can you say that...again I've expressed my, personal experience. I don't live out West in the Plain States so I don't know what's happening there. I have traveled to LA, San Diego, Victorville & Vegas with no issues. I've also been on the Auto Train fro VA. to FL. 3 times...they all lost signal but ATT gave me signal the most for the trip. Sprint & Verizon aren't options for me because the just don't work in my house & a 1/3 of a mile from my house. It goes back to what I've stated earlier....choose what works for you in your area & where you travel. P.S.: All carriers get calls about dropped calls but T-Mobile has been bold enough to tell me directly they don't have to provide service but i do have to pay my bill. At that point I took my 4 lines to ATT where they paid my disconnect fees!

24. unregistered

You're very full of it, I've come to that realization... yelp definitely full of it.

25. unregistered

they are MOBILE phones....not land lines.

46. unregistered

I'll guarantee you are lying now. No company is going to pay your ETF with another company. Period. Especially not when they have a policy that says you can terminate service within 30 days and THEY won't charge you an ETF.

49. unregistered

its also based on world wide coverage. if you dont care about that than oh well. its obviouse you dont travel abroad. still millions do. theres a reason att is the largest carrier. if it were truly that horrible everyone woul get up and go elsewhere.yes they would pay the cancellation fee cuz in a couple of months of billing would amount to the same as cancellation, and no verizon is not the largest ,yet.

58. unregistered

LOL... the only reason at&t is the largest is becuase of the original merger of cingular and at&t like 6 years ago... VZW was the largest before then, after the merger at&t had something rediculous like 20 million more customers than vzw... VZW has been gradually closing the gap ever since, now at&t is only like 2 million larger, and when vzw finally acquires alltel when the fcc stops crying about it. vz will have 8 million more than at&t and they will never be able to close that gap. At&t has only received more customers than vzw 2 times in 8 years. The first quarter of the iPhone 2g , second frist quart of iPhone 3g. So all the shee-ple that ran and bought a "pretty" phone with horrible reception grew their service. Toot the AT&T horn now numb nuts.

65. unregistered

yeah from southbell wireless & sbc wireless.Att spawned verizon and every other carrier in this country, thanks to the government. recognize your true DADDY. with out american telephone and telegraph, there is no verizon. Heres the break down of verizon birth. Bell atlantic and n.y.n.e.x. merge in 95and the communications come from (att subsidary)advance mobile phone service wich was created by your daddy Att in 78. first attempt at wireless service. meanwhile airtouch and vodaphone merged with each other including primeco co. who then joined bell atlantic thus creating verizon in99 and then official in 2000.thats when you were the biggest for only 4 years. till att reastablished with cingular. who has 4.9 million more currently. To top it off verizon only owns 55% while Uk based vodaphone owns 45% of verizon. Our friends acrross the pond practily own half. Aint that something

70. unregistered

Wow. That is something. And you just schooled all of these Verizon fans. I didn't even know half of the things you said. Shows that people need to get their facts straight before opening their mouths. And come to think of it, I remember one of my friends saying that her mom has had the same number for many years and her mom says that the company changed so many times before it finally became the today's Verizon.

77. unregistered

omg part of me wants to come back and show you how att was actually a branch off of the that rebranded again and again until being bought back by the oringinal company only to be bought out by cingular which rebranded but i really dont think i have enough desire..you wrong partially... mostly with how you think att came about... the verizon stuff is right except vodafone owns 45 percent stake in verizon wireless not verizon... i just dont care enough to really go through all of the details and get the exact info and links..... 75 your right...

78. unregistered

I've traveled for work with Alltel, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and Nextel (when they were separate). It all depends where you travel, Alltel currently has the best coverage where I travel, followed by Verizon, then AT&T and Sprint sucks. I don't have coverage with Verizon at my house and that's why I changed to Alltel. I still currently have Alltel and Verzion, because AT&T had horrible coverage where I travel. When I lived in Texas AT&T did a lot better then Verizon though.

3. unregistered

RIM-paid or genuine thought?

5. unregistered

Very good question...

6. unregistered

Indeed, the article mentioned a unlock code that could be provided after 60 days for the sim card. I have been playing around with it and I was suprised to see It showed I had reception from at&t and tmobile, does this mean that you would be able to roam on gsm in the U.S.??????

59. unregistered

technically... yes... officially no

9. unregistered

verizon sucks...alread reports of the buttons falling off the storm....and no wifi.....sad part is that u guy will look past the bad stuff just to force yourself to lik ethis crappy phone....u can c the circuit boars under the screen whenits pressed down...cheap design.......VZ fanboys are gonna b dissapointed tommorowm

11. unregistered

Your supposed opinion is belied by your grammer and tone.

13. unregistered

LMAO who would be reporting buttons failure when there is only one button and no one has one except for store demos which have been reported as working flawlessly? sounds like another hater who cant get this bb so he is going to bash it. reports about a phone that hasnt been released is a PRETTY LAME attack, come with something more concrete. See the circuit boards LMFAO....hilarious attempt at trying to be intellectual. NO WO FO??? with 83% coverage of the US in 3g who needs to drive to a wifi spot to get internet, especially when your paying for it.

14. unregistered

Your full of crap. Ive played with both preproduction and current productions units and none of what you said it true. Well except for the lack of WiFi of coarse. What buttons would be falling off the storm? The four buttons it has at the bottom of the screen are very solid. You cant see the circuits and if you knew anything about electronics or had even ever taken a touch display apart you would understand why the circuit are not visible. You are an idiot who clearly just wants to bash a device before it launches in hopes of maybe having a few of your friend still think your cool. Get off your moms couch and get a life. Perhaps an education or at least some general knowledge would be beneficial next time before you post. Until then go back to playing halo and drinking mountain dew.....

29. unregistered

go to endgadget and read the review...dweeb!

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