Blackberry Storm Release On Friday

Aron Schatz
November 20, 2008

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I hate to say it, but I am finally getting a smartphone and since I use Verizon, the Storm seems like the one. The release is this Friday. I'm going to check it out on Saturday with a one on one with a Verizon rep. Data plans from Verizon are expensive ($60 for unlimited data + tethering, $45 for just phone data alone), but Verizon has the best coverage around the north east. Couple that with the inability for the iPhone or even the G1 (so far) to tether, it makes sense to try this one out.


RIM didn't want to lose this feeling, so the company made sure that users still have to push down on the touch screen as if they were actually hitting a button. As an Apple iPhone user, I have to admit, it took me a little while to get used to the Storm's "push" touch screen. But in some ways I think it's an improvement over the iPhone touch screen. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally called someone or sent a text message before I was ready to hit send, because my finger brushed across that area on the iPhone touch screen.

Another improvement over the iPhone is the fact that the Storm has 1 gigabyte of internal storage and can use a standard microSD storage card to support up to an additional 16 GB of data storage. And because they are standard storage cards, they can be swapped out and replaced. By contrast, the iPhone 3G comes in two versions, an 8GB model and a 16GB model. The storage can't be removed or swapped.

Also, the Storm has a removable battery. Again, this appeals to me, because the iPhone's battery can't be removed, which means if it dies, so does my iPhone.

The rep I spoke to said the GPS was unlocked and the unit will come with a SIM card for use overseas. I don't know if Verizon will finally start using SIM cards for their network. The lack of WiFi is not that important to me since I'll only really be using the phone to check email and other light duties. The real use will be the tethering plan. Most places I go to, the WiFi is very expensive ($10+ per day!) so this plan makes sense.


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