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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: Oops, I ran over my old blackberry...
By psonice on 10/8/2008 4:04:54 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be so sure on that. I've not heard of any serious deployments at the biggest companies, but it seems to be getting at least some traction in the small/medium ones.

Where I work, we're seriously considering a move to iphones. We currently run blackberry enterprise server, and it seems changing to iphones would cut our costs quite a lot, and also cut the amount of support work. The 'missing features' don't seem to bother people - the reality is that most people use their smartphone for calendar, address book, and looking up information, not editing documents etc. Dunno if the switch to iphone will go ahead or not.

At my wife's company, which is a fair bit smaller, the directors have all got iphones now, and they're considering whether to roll them out to all of their staff. They use normal phones now, as blackberry is too expensive. The interesting part there is that the iphone was being pushed by the company they pay to run their IT systems, so presumably that company is pushing their other clients towards iphone too.

Anyway, to take a pretty simple view, for the smaller companies at least: blackberry means buying BES, which means extra expense and extra support. The iphone will also get the job done, but it'll plug into existing systems easily so it's cheap. I'd guess the end users will prefer it too - we get a lot of people bringing blackberries in because they've broken the software somehow, or can't figure out how to use it (and having used one, I can see why!)


By Souka on 10/10/2008 6:55:31 PM , Rating: 1
Enjoy charging your battery during the day.... unlike the Blackberry which is superior...

also... Blackberry uses push tech... often my Blackberry alerts me to new email before my outlook client tells me.

with the iPhone you'll kill your battery very quick if you try to do this....not as quick, but quick regardless, if you enabled sync every 15min or so....


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