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Just in time for Christmas shopping

Smartphone maker Research in Motion is unveiling the BlackBerry Storm2. Model 9520 is being distributed for European customers, while North American carriers will offer model 9550. Its predecessor was the first BlackBerry to eschew a physical keyboard in favor of a touchscreen. It launched with mixed reviews, definitely not a good thing when you have competition like Apple's iPhone and the Palm Pre.

The Storm2 uses a similar 3.25 inch display. At 360 x 480  pixels, images and text look pretty good at its effective 184 ppi resolution. However, the Storm2 ships with the new BlackBerry OS 5 as opposed to OS 4.7 of the previous generation.

RIM claims that there are hundreds of enhancements in the new software, some of which will increase image quality of icons and text. An updated BlackBerry Browser boasts faster JavaScript and CSS processing, as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets. Applications developed for the original BlackBerry Storm are fully compatible with the Storm2.

On the hardware side, the Storm2 uses the same 528MHz MSM7600 CPU from Qualcomm as in the original Storm and BlackBerry Tour. The Storm2 uses a 1400 mAh battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time on 3G networks and 280 hours of standby time. A built-in 3.2 megapixel camera features variable zoom, autofocus, flash, video recording, and image stabilization. NVRAM and flash storage are both doubled at 256MB and 1GB respectively. The Storm2 will also support microSD/SDHC cards up to 32GB in size for extra storage.

The big news though is 802.11 b/g WiFi support, a feature that was sorely missed on the original Storm. The Storm2 will work worldwide, thanks to frequencies on UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM.

Both Verizon Wireless and Vodafone are targeted the lucrative Christmas shopping period. Vodafone customers in the UK and Ireland will be the first to get  the Storm2, after which it will make its way to Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. It will also be made available in France, Italy and South Africa in time for Christmas.

Verizon customers in the U.S. will have to wait for the company's official launch.

Update: We have received updated model numbers from RIM, as reflected in the first paragraph.



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No love for Android?
By oTAL on 10/15/2009 12:41:37 PM , Rating: 3
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It launched with mixed reviews, definitely not a good thing when you have competition like Apple's iPhone and the Palm Pre.


I find it amusing that the Pre gets mentioned a lot at DT while there is very little love for the Android as an iPhone competitor. Granted that the target market is a little different (there is a big overlap though) but the Android id the best mobile platform I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I have a Samsung i7500 Galaxy and it's not perfect but it's damn awesome.

Android is leaps and bound ahead of Symbian and I find it superior to the iPhone OS in most areas. I can't really compare it with the other OSs out there since I've only had a decent exposure to these.

Anybody with a Palm Pre can explain? Is it THAT good? I never even considered it when I got my new phone since I have my doubts it'll be around in the long run.....




RE: No love for Android?
By skyward on 10/15/2009 2:09:45 PM , Rating: 2
Palm Pre built quality is just ok. However for what it cost and the hardware in it, you do get what you pay for. The WebOS is very good. I would say it a better built then the Android when it first came out. I think that is one of the reasons why HTC and the other handset maker put in there our version of Android. The thing that so great about the WebOS is the UI. It is a very clean UI. Once you play around with it, it’s very clear that UI let you flow from one task to the next very easily. It has many things you will see in the iphone with the open OS. The only thing that is really missing with the Palm Pre is the number of APPs. Time will solve that problem with the Palm Pre.


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