I’ve been eying Blackberry Storm which has been hailed as low quality, poor man’s iPhone ripoff. But the damn thing has been attracting negative reviews the way a turd attracts flies. I watched some video reviews and saw it was incredibly sluggish – the reviewer actually had to cut away because the device simply wouldn’t flip back to the vertical mode which sort of made me reconsider buying it. Then again, supposedly a lot of these early bugs were fixed by the recent firmware upgrade.
I had a chance to play with it the other day and I actually didn’t find it so bad. Changing the orientation worked fine (not like in the video), and the typing was ok. Granted, the click screen is a little wonky but it didn’t seem like a deal breaker. I think I could live with it – it actually felt like a step up from trying to type on my non-qwerty LG phone. It seems that Storms touch screen gets slammed the most by people who switched over from other Blackberry models and felt that it was throttling their typing speed by not allowing to press 2 or more buttons at once. I’d have to agree that a physical keyboard and iPhones multi-touch interface are probably superior. But I didn’t hate it.
The browser was fine too. I went to my company website and it looked great. I didn’t try Terminally Incoherent cause I was at work, and… It would take a lot of typing. Yes, I am aware my url is pretty difficult to type and remember. I just can’t figure out how to shorten it and I’m pretty sure that Texas Instruments won’t let me have ti.com domain.
The Storm user who allowed me to play with her phone confirmed that the device sometimes does lock up. She said it happened to her only twice since she purchased it. She didn’t have any other complaints – and said she was pleased with the purchase. Unfortunately she couldn’t really tell me how is it on the application side. How much software and support is there for the Storm. I mean, I know I’m not going to get iPhone like variety of apps but I’d like to know that I’m not investing in a prematurely dead platform that no one is developing for anymore due to the bad press.
Any Storm users around here? How is that phone treating you? Is it worth investing into? And if not, what else is out there. Should I look at Blackberries at all? Curve maybe?
I looked through the reviews of Verizon smart phones on CNET and it seems that not a single one of them was really rated positively. The reviewers could not say enough good things about AT&T’s Blackberry Bold and of course the iPhone (apparently both can cure cancer, and iPhone even has a free app for ending the world hunger but no one has ever bothered to download it) but they pretty much trashed every single Verizon device.
Basically I just need a phone that would let me get email, browse the web and have some applications for stuff like Twitter, Facebook and maybe let me upload pictures to Flickr. I was looking at storm because I do have an iPhone envy – so I naturally went for the cheep knock-off. But I’m willing to consider alternatives. What should I get?
Would you switch providers in my situation to get the iPhone?