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I am another one who wants the Storm but am not liking all the negatives I am hearing. I have used blackberries for the past 2 years and they have gotten better with every new device that came out, but I am going to wait till after the OS update to see if peoples thoughts improve.
why the whiners?
I have a Storm. walked in picked it up in about 10 minutes. Moved from a BB8830. Storm is a great upgrade from the 8830. much richer media and huge improvement on usability with the large screen. I am getting use to the keyboard pretty quickly. I never felt comfortable with the 8830 keys. I have no idea why anyone would want to put up with that tiny sceen if you didn't have to. Wifi at home. Um i will blow you doors off typing with my laptop at home with wifi. Oh yeah and all those flash based sites will work on my laptop. Not on any mobile yet. So far the Battery is lasting like i would expect. It really works like a blackberry. Will be nice when everyone get out some "free" apps make for a touch screen for those cheap people.
Camera is the only thing that i think needs some tweeks at the moment. Does work better with internal storage and if you make sure you let it focus before you snap a pic. For "pictures" i wills till use my 10 meg Pix Nikon.
So why the whiners?
one piece of irony i think should be mentioned is that we all bashed at&t for saying they would not release the bold until everything was just right. be it their network or the rim os. we all whined and complained but in the end it made for a better release.
i cannot speak definitively for the storm, but i do believe the release was a little rushed. which is a bit disappointing. simply because all the positives of the storm are being hammered by problems and glitches with the os. of course these will be worked out over time, but in my opinion the proper release of a device is critical. then the stories about the last minute glitch found in the os, etc., etc. my thought is that the release should have been pushed back. negative publicity about a delayed proper release is << a less delayed shotty release.
i think the storm is an awesome device. so much so that i think it deserved a better os for release. you simply cannot position something as an "iphone killer" or even competitor, then release it with a half-baked os. not a good start at pulling those would-be iphone purchasers. in the current situation and target market, rim/verizon should have been extra cautious because the bb haters were just waiting for something to say... "see, i told you". and the os from what i have seen so far is just that.
stmcgill, you're the reviewer and I'm not, so I'll wait for your full opinion, but I left using a BB when the iPhone came out as RIM had been awful about servicing Mac users with a real desktop manager. I'm not griping as I understand it may not make sense in the numbers game. That said, I just played with the new STORM, and a BOLD, for quite a long while. I loved the the BOLD, and thought the STORM was an ill-conceived, heavy piece of hardware. Really, I'm trying to be very fair as I love Blackberries, but this phone (STORM) is not a smart consistent design and just trying to send an email was a test of my endurance. It's certainly not an iPhone killer, but worse, its not a "smart-phone" and no software update will fix this phone in the big picture.
Originally Posted by stmcgill
The Storm is on Hold w/Vodaphone Business
I don't want to copy & paste the most recent article on Boy Genius here, but here's the title: "BlackBerry Storm Rumor Recap: Vodafone BES issues, Software Update, Mass Hysteria". For those that are still interested in getting a BB Storm, its worth the read and you may want to just wait until some things are fixed first.
Crippled and crappy
Let's face it: RIM has gone from an innovator to a follower. Ridiculous excuses for crippled hardware are starting to wear out. OS problems are the norm not the exception.
Given that I am running my own business now and am no longer forced to use corporate mandated hardware, I see no reason why I shouldn't give the hot Nokias, Samsungs, and iPhones a good look.
Frankly, RIM does nothing to keep me loyal and handing out crippled devices and less than innovative OS-s are just getting lame now. The real innovators are out there, but they don't work at RIM.
The Storm gets better and better day by day for me. Now that there was a mysterious OS leak, my device is blazing fast. I can't believe how many people hate on this device. We knew it was going to be buggy. Anybody remember the first BlackBerry with a trackball. People freaked out, they had no idea what to do without the ancient trackwheel. Now if people would just give this device a chance, and give it time to grow on them (with OS updates lol) I am sure they will begin to really enjoy it as I have.
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