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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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RE: Jason's Dumb Phone
By BlackBerryFan on 11/19/2008 10:03:00 PM , Rating: -1
I see I am forced to respond again.

First, on the SureType issue, please read Mossberg's review of the Storm in tomorrow's Wall Street Journal.

A quick excerpt:

"Neither I, nor any of the several BlackBerry addicts I asked to try it out, considered typing on the Storm's keyboard to be very similar to using the keyboard of a traditional full-sized BlackBerry. In my opinion, using the Storm's keyboard is much more like using the iPhone's keyboard than a traditional BlackBerry's.

"The Storm also has a keyboard oddity that I found annoying, and that may put off others. It presents you with a full virtual keyboard only when you are holding it horizontally. When you hold the Storm vertically, you get a mashed-up keyboard, like the one on the narrower BlackBerry Pearl, which has multiple letters on each key....

"This is a curious design decision. Once a company ditches a physical keyboard for a virtual one, it can create all kinds of keyboard variations. RIM could have offered a full, vertically oriented keyboard, even if it would have had smaller, more closely spaced keys."

Basically my point in my original post —— and it's a big one that Jason would have experienced if he had, well, actually experienced the Storm for himself before reviewing and recommending it!"

About the issue of iPhone being No. 1 in sales in the U.S., allow me to quote the headline from Red Herring, which says it in black and white:


"It wasn’t enough for Apple to steal the show from Research In Motion in the smartphone market with its iPhone. Now it has surpassed Motorola's Razr as the No.1 handset in the U.S., according to the NPD Group.

“Apple’s iPhone 3G surpassed the Motorola Razr as the leading handset purchased by adult consumers in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2008,” the researcher reported Monday.

For the past 3 years, the once-market dominating Razr has been ranked by NPD as the top-selling consumer handset, but the hot spot now belongs to the sleek iPhone 3G, ahead of Razrs and BlackBerrys, respectively in second and third position.

“The displacement of the Razr by the iPhone 3G represents a watershed shift in handset design from fashion to fashionable functionality,” said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for NPD in the report.

Quite a formidable achievement given that the Razr is given away for free with a two-year contract and the iPhone’s cheapest modele costs $199."

Clear enough? Yes, of course Nokia is the WORLD'S No. 1 cellphone manufacturer. And it will continue to be for some time as its marketshare declines. We're talking the U.S. and iPhone's ascendence over BlackBerry.

By the way, even if I was an iPhone fanboy -- there's a lot a do admire about the device, but a lot I don't -- does calling me that make the third-party facts I've stated above wrong or less worthy than the pure opinion of somebody far less qualified like, er,

Or maybe I just made up that No. 1 sales ranking for the U.S. for iPhone. Is that what you're saying. What exactly ARE you saying--besides accusing me of being an iPhone fan? You've done nothing to make Jason's vapor "review" any more credible, especially as you apparently haven't been using the Storm yourself either. I have. And I've expressed a well-informed opinion backed by personal experience and third-party facts that are certainly more credible than your attacks on me.

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