The Blackberry Storm had been launched just under a year ago and it was welcomed with criticism from the start. Blackberry needed to come out with something that would stand as good competition against the Apple iPhone 3G, and though the Storm had a sleek look and a touch screen like their rival, it did not wow anyone.
I’ve had the Storm since it came out and I was very disappointed with what I received for such a high price. Their new App World, which came out a few months after the phone was launched, does not stand close to the third party applications Apple has to offer for the iPhone. And since day one I have been waiting for a decent software update to come out and it still hasn’t, making my Storm experience disgusting for many reasons. I’ll mention a few pros and cons about the phone.
I’ll have to start with the cons:
- The phone freezes at least once a day. It does this whenever it pleases: when you’re running an app, sending an email, and worst of all when you’re trying to answer a call.
- It decides not to ring at random times.
- Too few applications available while for example the iPhone has an abundance of applications with some apps even telling you when it thinks it’s a decent time to call a person, or allows the phone to turn into a bright white flare so you don’t trip over something during a blackout. Really don’t know if the Storm will ever catch up to iPhone’s 500 million third party apps.
- The tilt on the phone is horrible. Sometimes you tilt it a tiny bit and it goes into landscape mode, then you tilt it and hold it there, but it doesn’t go back into the previous mode.
The listed problems are extremely annoying and frustrating when you depend on your phone to put all your calls through and be able to answer them when you need to rather than freeze on you.
It’s not all bad:
- The email service Blackberry’s provide us is incredible. There’s nothing faster or better in any phone provider that delivers messages so efficiently.
- The 3.2 mp photo and video camera is great for taking pictures or videos anywhere you go.
- I personally very much like the touch screen. There’s a cool idea incorporated to the touch screen where you have to actually click on the screen slightly like a computer mouse button. Once you get used to this, it becomes extremely convenient.
- The fact that you can run multiple applications simultaneously is another smart feature that is very useful to anyone who needs to do multiple things at once.
Even with the pros mentioned, however, if I was to go back in time and choose whether to get an iPhone or a Storm, I would choose the iPhone. Sometimes the underdog stays the underdog and can’t quite be as good as its rival. That’s the case here, and I would personally not recommend the Blackberry Storm.
Zath: This was a guest post from Robby G at Shite I Like.com, where he gives advice for men on dating, success, and living an energised and efficient lifestyle – be sure to check it out to read more of his great writing!