The Storm–as in the newly announced Blackberry Storm phone coming soon to the United States via Verizon Wireless and to Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand–does not blow. Or at least it doesn’t appear that it would. We haven’t yet had a chance to try out the upcoming handset, but from the feature list this should be yet another impressive mobile handset. In the United States it will feature high-speed 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-Do) Revision A (Rev. A) network for Internet browsing and multimedia applications.
This smartphone is one of those that I consider reaching genius level. The Blackberry Storm features a touchscreen that actually depresses ever so slightly when the screen is pressed, providing the user with a slight “click,” similar to the feeling of a key on a physical keyboard or a button on a mouse. The phone offers a touch interface and a highly intuitive typing experience with familiar navigation keys; such as “phone,” “menu” and “escape”. Typing is made easy as the phone can automatically switch between landscape mode and portrait mode as the user rotates the handset. More impressive is that the RIM SureType keyboard layout is available in portrait mode and a full QWERTY keyboard layout when the phone is in landscape mode.
Other notable features:
- The preloaded DataViz Documents to Go, which allows users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset
- A 3.2 megapixel camera with variable zoom, auto focus and even a built-in flash, which will also provide continuous lighting when recording video
- Built-in GPS supports location-based applications and services, as well as geotagging of photos
- A media player that can play movies in full-screen mode, display pictures and slideshows
All this makes for an impressive phone, but whether users will be blown away has yet to be seen. This is an impressive smartphone, but with an Android invasion looming we’ll have to wait and see if this Blackberry can reach a hurricane level impact later this year.