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The Blackberry Storm has the Apple iPhone beat when it comes to reception, copy and paste, email, document editing, and camera. While lacking tabbed browsing and Wi-Fi, this solid choice is shaping up to be an "iPhone killer" and indeed I am picking it over the iPhone.  (Source: Blackberry)
My new smart phone is just two days away!

Staring at my mess of a broken LG Chocolate phone I decided to make a drastic change.  You see, I have been on a steady climb up the tech ladder when it comes to cell phones.  I started with a crude Samsung clamshell that came with my first Verizon contract.  About a year and a half I switched to the LG Chocolate, intending to use it as a music player.

In the end I hardly used the Chocolate for music, as I soon bought a 160 GB iPod that could hold all my collection.  And my first Chocolate had a slew of problems, which I say I personal chalk up to poor engineering on LG's part; first the buttons became unresponsive, then the microphone pickup began to die -- people couldn't hear my calls.  After a stiff talk with some Verizon folks I got my phone warrantied.  After several more months, my phone began to develop a crack on the screen.  Whether this was somehow my doing or something that happened on the line or in shipping is immaterial -- the end result was the same -- the screen eventually died entirely.

Now, faced with the hassle opportunity of getting a new phone.  Continuing my phone evolution path, I'm finally going to jump on the smartphone band wagon.  While some might suspect that I would pick an iPhone, when it comes to cell phones, President-elect Barack Obama and I are on the same page -- "Yes we can (get a Blackberry)!"

Ironically, my Verizon contract reaches one year on November 21, coinciding perfectly with the release of the RIM's Blackberry Storm.  Sounds like fate eh? 

So why am I excited about the Storm, and why am I picking it over the iPhone?  First and foremost call:  quality.  I know people in my area, both friends and random acquaintances, who have had problems with the iPhone reception.  On a train in Chicago, I had a random exchange with one iPhone user who bemoaned the horrible call quality her iPhone had given her over the course of the last year.  Further, I do a lot of travelling and if I go overseas, say to Europe, I want to have a way of getting service -- something not possible with the iPhone.  Working on any GSM HSPA 3G network in the world, the Storm seems like it will be the perfect traveling companion.

Then there's email and copy & paste (C&P) which go nicely hand in hand.  The iPhone lacks the latter, and does the former more clumsily than Blackberry.  And while the iPhone 2.0 has come a long way in terms of email from its predecessor, all signs point to the Storm offering the superior experience.

Another reason I think the Storm could unseat the iPhone is its unique button-style screen.  With every keystroke, the screen clicks like a key.  From early reviews I've ascertained that this will provide a superior typing experience among the screen typing-only smartphone crowd. 

Another advantage is the Storm comes with free software to read and edit MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Office 2007 documents.  The iPhone only comes with software to read these document types.

Finally, there's the better camera.  The iPhone sports a weak 2.0 MP flashless picture-only camera, but the Storm features a hearty 3.2 MP camera with zoom, auto focus, video, and a nice flash.  Again, just a small perk, but it’s nice.

Both the iPhone and the Blackberry Storm both have (or in the Storm's case will have) application stores, so this is a virtual tie (though Apple will win the tie-breaker for having more Apps).

What am I concerned about?  The biggest gripe I have is with RIM's browser.  Stuck in the browsing stone age, it does not feature tabs.  While it may get Adobe Flash before Apple, I'd pick tabs over it any day.  I'm hoping RIM remedies this -- and soon -- or else Opera develops a new version of its Mini browser (Blackberry compatible) which features tabbing.  I'm aware that there's a low-res browser named Minuet that does tabbing, but I think not having a modern tabbing browser is a serious omission for the storm.

Otherwise, the addition of Wi-Fi support would be nice.  A little more memory (1 GB currently) might be nice as well.  In all honesty I could care less about Apple's "slick touch interface" or such tripe -- some might call Blackberry's slightly-less-touch-perfect interface a negative, but I dissent.

In the end I am looking forward to the Blackberry Storm, which is now only three days away.  It looks to be shaping up to be the first true iPhone killer, from a pioneer in the cell phone industry.  I've seen other smart phones like the Voyager and G1 do their thing, and I haven't jumped, though I was tempted.  However, the Blackberry Storm seems to tempting to resist.

I hope to be able to do an exclusive review about my impressions on the phone in coming weeks and offer some insight to potential buyers.  And hopefully I'll be able to type it on the phone as an added perk (though that lack of tabbed browsing has me nervous). 

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Jason's Dumb Phone
By BlackBerryFan on 11/19/2008 1:41:49 PM , Rating: 3
This guy doesn't know what he's talking about with regards to the Storm versus iPhone—-starting with something so basic as the global GSM standard that the iPhone has always had and which only some Verizon phones, like the Storm, also have in order to also be deemed "world" phones like the iPhone.

Worse, this guy hasn't actually used either the iPhone or the Storm, which makes his "opinion" as valid as a preschooler's view on Victorian social justice.

Fact 1: The iPhone has surpassed BlackBerry as the No. 2 smartphone in the world in terms of marketshare.

Fact 2: The iPhone is now rated No. 1 in terms of quality and satisfaction by BUSINESS users according to the latest J.D. Powers survey.

Fact 3: The iPhone is also rated more RELIABLE than any BlackBerry by SquareTrade, PC Magazine (about as friendly to BlackBerry as they come) and other independent, third-party souces.

I'm a BlackBerry fan, and have used them all and still keep a couple. The Storm is an OK start into Apple's domain. But if the WiFi-less Storm is so great, then why has RIM already undercut it by leaking news of the Storm 2 and the Storm 3 next year?

Because they know what analysts, enterprise users and other who have already had their hands on a Storm for more than two days and have to live with it have found it comes up short:

1. It's no cutting-edge iPhone in terms of blazing fast and accurate Web browsing, media player, UI or OS, etc.

2. But it's also no BlackBerry either in terms of the physical keyboard BlackBerry users have come to expect and enterprise service businesses demand.

The Storm, in short, is a mutant, neither Apple nor Orange, er, BlackBerry. As such, it falls short for those of us who have had a chance to use it awhile.

Oh, and one more thing for the guy here who like to thumb his nose at the iPhone he hasn't used and give a thumbs-up for the Storm he hasn't used either:

The Storm ONLY allows the SureType format for typing with the device in your hand. The "full" QWERTY format for typing pops up ONLY with two hands holding the Storm in landscape mode. This is confusing for newbies who have to learn two ways to type, and limiting to those power users who need a full QWERTY and prefer to use their Blackberry with one hand more often than not.

But you'd know that if you actually had used the Storm before telling the world why its so much better than the iPhone and parading your ignorance in print.

RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By omgwtf8888 on 11/19/2008 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
Wow! Your reply was very well crafted and nicely supported by enumerated facts. The article clearly stated he hadn't used either, and he was offering his opinion based upon his own fact set. What i don't understand is why you had to conclude your well done commentary with:

But you'd know that if you actually had used the Storm before telling the world why its so much better than the iPhone and parading your ignorance in print.

That ending makes you look petty and well... ignorant.

RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By mvpx02 on 11/19/2008 3:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm amused that you registered with the name BlackBerryFan when clearly it sounds like it should have been iPhoneFanBoy. Mick was merely sharing his thought process with those who cared to read about it and you've found a way to take offense.

You don't seem to really have anything constructive to say relating to the article other than that you disagree with his opinion.

Nothing you said even corrects a fact that Mick may have gotten incorrect, yet your rant is demeaning and dumb. Why even bother to post?

RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By BlackBerryFan on 11/19/08, Rating: -1
RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By mvpx02 on 11/20/2008 2:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I'm not a "fan" of either of them. I have a $50 flip-phone that suits my needs just fine.

I'm aware that both have their ups and downs, and I agree that it was probably a bit premature of Jason to pick a phone (and then publish those thoughts) without having handled both of them (I assume he had the chance to at least use a friend's iPhone prior to making his decision).

I was just surprised at how unnecessarily offended and angry your post seemed to be.

RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By Gzus666 on 11/19/2008 5:50:00 PM , Rating: 3

Fact 1 is wrong. Nokia holds the largest. You misread the article that you used as a fact.

"Of course, worldwide, the picture is slightly skewed towards the undisputed handset champion Nokia. With over half of the smartphone market, Nokia is sitting quite pretty overall."

"Research recently published by Canalys on fourth quarter smart phone sales put the Apple iPhone, which has only been on the market for less than half a year, in second place for U.S. market share behind Research In Motion (RIM) and its BlackBerry."

Not only did the iPhone not overtake Blackberry, it is not the most worldwide by far.

You are clearly an Apple fanboy.

RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By Parhel on 11/20/2008 12:19:36 AM , Rating: 2
I thought you loved the iPhone, Pirks?

RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By UNCjigga on 11/19/2008 6:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
The Storm ONLY allows the SureType format for typing with the device in your hand. The "full" QWERTY format for typing pops up ONLY with two hands holding the Storm in landscape mode. This is confusing for newbies who have to learn two ways to type, and limiting to those power users who need a full QWERTY and prefer to use their Blackberry with one hand more often than not.
From someone who actually has a Storm--trust me, the SureType input method is the only one that makes sense in portrait mode, and I like having the flexibility to choose between the two. Believe it or not, I actually use SureType more than QWERTY for quick txts and emails. Also, it's important to note that at least the Storm allows you to choose between the two methods in pretty much any app--with the iPhone you're prevented from using a landscape keyboard in some apps.

A few other advantages of the Storm:

- Support for more than one "app store"
- Robust 3rd-party developer support (RIM's been in this game longer than Apple; more "real" apps vs. web 2.0 services, more APIs available to developers, standards-based via J2ME)
- Bundled 3rd-party apps (comes with every single IM client: AIM, GTalk, Y! Messenger, MSN), Flickr, Facebook, Docs to Go
- True turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions
- 9GB of memory (1GB on device; 8GB removable on bundled microSD)
- removable battery (can't stress this enough!)

RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By BlackBerryFan on 11/19/08, Rating: -1
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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