G4: BlackBerry Storm Review

G4 Reports:
Reports are that Verizon stores have had some scuffles over today’s gadget in its limited release, but we’ve got one and we’d like to tell you all about the new BlackBerry Storm with its 3G, GPS, web browsing, 3.2 megapixel camera, and Microsoft Office support.

What You Need to Know

  • The phone weighs just as much as the G1, but is a little thinner and shorter
  • The 3.25” touch screen is big and beautiful
  • It looks and feels very cool
  • It definitely beats the Android phone in style
  • We liked that you could hover or slide your finger around and highlight options without actually selecting them; to select, you just press down


More after the Jump!

  • The keyboard is inaccurate and it seems to be hit or miss when the screen registers presses
  • Navigating the web is pretty smooth with finger swipes, but no pinch or zoom
  • It’s counter-intuitive for people who are used to a touch screen
  • It runs on BlackBerry’s latest OS (4.7), which is actually an upgrade from the Bold
  • The accelerometer takes forever and doesn’t always know when it’s turned sideways; this is a huge problem for texting
  • Scrolling and navigating through menus is laggy, kind of like the Voyager from a year ago
  • Overall, not what we’d expect from them; hopefully there will be firmware updates soon
  • The 3.2 megapixel camera with a flash takes sharp pictures and video, but colors are muted
  • The BlackBerry Application Center allows you to download apps, but it’s not fully launched until march
  • It includes support for all of your e-mail addresses including corporate accounts
  • It uses EVDO Revision A for the internet, which is faster than 3G, but there’s no Wi-Fi
  • It has GPS with geotagging
  • The phone includes Microsoft Office support
  • We suggest waiting for updates to their hardware and the launch of the app center
  • If you want a better device, Android or the iPhone is the way to go

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  1. hurt1n

    12 / 1 / 2008 10:54 am

    i picked up this phone on launch day and i think its awesome phone, i do agree with them that the accelerometer was slow at first, BB released an update not officially out yet and it has increased the speed of the BB Storm tremendously the accelerometer switches right away now, and for texting it really depends on the size of your fingers bigger is better in this case, i had a friend with small hands and she just couldn’t type worth crap on it.
    So i would give it
    launch: 7.8
    update: 8.7

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  2. bryant16319

    12 / 1 / 2008 12:53 pm

    it sounds and looks nice but ill stick with my blackberry curve

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  3. 12 / 1 / 2008 2:16 pm

    ahhhh im so happy that i have my iPhone and all the clones still haven’t lived up to it! Even with the flaws of the iPhone(and trust me theres a few lol), none of these phones cut it…

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  4. chaossaga

    12 / 2 / 2008 4:58 am

    Think I’m still getting my self a G1.

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