Taking apart the Storm 2 reveals how the new SurePress works

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Taking apart the Storm 2 reveals how the new SurePress works
Late Saturday night, we showed to you a video comparing the SurePress typing system on the first Storm to the much improved system on the Storm 2. When an autopsy was performed on both models, the difference in the two versions of SurePress became immediately obvious. The original Storm has a method that is exactly as advertised. The keyboard rests on top of a single button in the middle of the display. This has the effect of moving the corners of the screen up and down as you type on the keyboard. The new SurePress is different in that it has four buttons, one placed in each corner that the screen lies on top of. The four buttons, placed evenly in the corner locations, prevents the QWERTY on the newer model from popping up and down in the corner as you type and allows for a much smoother typing experience on the sequel model.

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

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7 Comments

1. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I found this to be a very interesting article.

2. gomets15217

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 13, 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: Dec 11, 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: Feb 08, 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: Jan 27, 2009

Why would you want to press X and press y at the same time? Just curious.

6. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Aug 26, 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.

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