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Blackberry Storm – More Than Just a Name!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

It seems RIM’s latest release the ‘Blackberry Storm’ has been well named, and is certainly living up to its reputation.

Reports from several sources indicate that buyers are not happy, with complaints ranging from being “frustrated, confused and bewildered by the device” to “absolute nightmare”

Whilst attempting to offer a similar user experience to the iPhone, Blackberry Storm users are finding the user interface difficult to use, and lag times frustrating. First indications are that the device is not living up to quality claims either in design or functionality.

  • User Interface – select an icon and it jumps over to navigate to the function linked to the next icon
  • Address Book – having to scroll through a whole letter section to get to a contact
  • Slow navigation, scrolling, selecting applications
  • Crashing – playing movies
  • Typing – not easy to use and keyboard takes too long to appear
  • Scrolling – insufficient vertical scroll

Not good news for those who have waited a year to upgrade to Storm from Treo…some suggest you go back to the BlackBerry 8330 instead.

But for those who have no need to do anything in a hurry and have small enough fingers to make inputs very precise – the Storm…well it’s just in a teacup and the device works fine.

The Blackberry has a long history of good products and an equally strong cult like following as Apple. It was not until the third quarter of 2008 that Apple took over the top spot as the world’s best-selling smartphone – 6.9 million to Blackberry’s 6.1 million. But the battle is not over yet. We must be wary of first reaction reviews and wait sufficient time for a wider range of users to provide feedback on the various funcitonality and features of the device.

In the meantime – I think I will just wait and see.

Masher