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Another iPhone "killer" prepares to enter the market from Smartphone stalwart BlackBerry

Every time a Smartphone with a touchscreen and an internet connection comes out, it's hailed as the iPhone killer. Each time an iPhone killer is announced it makes nary a dent in the iPhone's armor of coolness. Right now, the iPhone 3G is at the top of the Smartphone sales charts with two models from BlackBerry bringing up second and third.

RIM, the company behind the BlackBerry, is getting ready to launch a new iPhone dethroning hopeful called the Storm. As things go today, the handset’s details were leaked ahead of its official launch. Time.com cobbled together a series of leaked details from around the web and threw the info together.

So far, the Storm is said to have a 3.2-inch touchscreen and an appearance much more like the iPhone than the typical BlackBerry device. Key features include GPS, Wi-Fi, and the handset will run on the Verizon 3G network.

One feature of the Storm that will make many iPhone users jealous is the built-in cut and paste feature. That particular feature (or lack thereof) is a sore spot for many iPhone owners. Typical BlackBerry devices, like the Bold, feature QWERTY keyboards for typing, something the Storm will forgo in favor of an iPhone-like onscreen keyboard.

BlackBerry one-ups the iPhone in the keyboard department by giving the keyboard the ability to work in landscape mode. For some reason, Apple opted not to allow the iPhone keyboard to rotate into landscape mode for better typing of emails and text messages. Camera quality on the iPhone is decent with 2-megapixels of resolution. BlackBerry has gifted the storm with a 3.2-megapixel camera for higher quality shots.

BlackBerry will even offer an App Store-like area to purchase add-on software. Overall, the Storm sounds much more like a Smartphone aimed at the masses than a business specific device that the traditional BlackBerry is viewed as by many.



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RE: So promising
By Homerboy on 10/7/2008 3:43:13 PM , Rating: 4
Exactly. Its just stupid to remove the actual keyboard. I simply couldn't imagine typing emails (work related) on a non-tactile keyboard. I love my blackberry and would love fro something new and great from them, but no keyboard = no sale.


RE: So promising
By FITCamaro on 10/7/2008 4:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I have a LG enV and love the keyboard on it. I can type almost as fast as on a keyboard for a computer. It needs to have a slide out keyboard. Or one on the inside like the Voyager/enV.


RE: So promising
By silversound on 10/8/2008 12:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
this storm really look cheap and so plastic
http://www.gsmarena.com/blackberry_storm_gets_offi...


RE: So promising
By audiomaniaca on 10/9/2008 1:20:16 AM , Rating: 2
That's true. It looks like another "iphone killer".


RE: So promising
By UNCjigga on 10/7/2008 4:12:26 PM , Rating: 2
It has a tactile screen--not stupid buzzing "haptics", but an actual click-screen that feels like a physical keypad. It is light years beyond the iPhone in actual usability for typing.


RE: So promising
By winterspan on 10/7/2008 4:51:38 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, I used to feel the same way about "virtual keyboard" nonsense until I tried an iPhone. After about 2-3 days, It was more comfortable and faster to type on than the Treo "chiclet" keyboard I had previous. I certainly can't vouch for any other device, but you should definitely give it a try. I think you'd be surprised how functional it can be when you are using a capacitive touchscreen that is so responsive.


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