In all honesty, the only people who really demand wifi are the sort of people who spend time talking about phones on a forum like this. Hardly the mass market. Blackberrys more than make up for a lack of wifi with the added connectivity you have on their kit and Im guessing the browser experience will be pretty damn good, as it is on my old Curve, a phone I would never consider trading in for anything other than another Blackberry. Im really keen to see the touchscreen typing working as the QWERTY is kind of a neccessity on this type of device and Im yet to be convinced on the full touch. That will be the real decider for the current Blackberry users, who know that a good handset is about functionality not exaggerated specs and use their phone browser for more than playing on Facebook.
it nmight have no wifi but it has hsdpa 7.2, twice as fast as the iphones measly 3.2 and the camera is far better and the screen is amazing it's not a conventional touchscreen. it has small 'domes' that click in when you use it and it also has suretype, seen mostly on sony ericsson's these days but it's a handy tool. this is my next phone regardless.
DanT, 08 Oct 2008I agree Blackberry seems to make great phones, but c'mon, no wi-fi is a strange/bad decision. ... moreIt is a joke Blackgerry bring a phone with no Wi-Fi and try to compete with IPOHE, Omnia, New Nokia 5800. I never liked them and I guess this time too. Now you can do business push mail and so on with most of the phones anyway. Blackberry is phone in past.
Wat da hell??? hw can dis be a i phone or xperia competitor without Wifi.. so disspointing.. Blackberry hav put all nice features.. but they miss Wifi.. Im sure they will loose quit a lot of customers cz of that.. Wifi is a must des dayz specialy fr a smart phone like dis..
Well done Rim, I like the specs (dont worry the lack of wifi doesnt concern me at all) my 8310 has exceeded expectations and Im sure I will enjoy trialling the 9500 and hope to sell as many of these as I have your other Blackberrys which is my phone brand by choice!
toi, 06 Oct 2008another iphone wanna be.Wanna be? Really? Let's see. Can iPhone Copy/Paste? Nope. MMS? Nope. Real Push E-Mail? Nope. A workable keyboard? Nope. Better than 7 hour a day battery life? Nope. Expandable Memory? Nope.
The Storm has a Higher Resolution Screen than the iPhone. True Bluetooth Connectivity. Usable 3.5mm Headphone Jack on the first try. And traditional BlackBerry battery life and messaging experience. I would say innovator, not imitador.
Anonymous, 08 Oct 2008I am little unsure how anyone can leave a review on here about this phone, and especially slag... moreI agree Blackberry seems to make great phones, but c'mon, no wi-fi is a strange/bad decision. 3G eats the battery faster (hmmm ... not 100% sure though) and is not available in locations where wi-fi is. Also, when travelling abroad wi-fi is much more convenient as roaming 3G plans are very very expensive.
Seems interesting, but no Wi-fi is strange for a business device. This lack is in the same category as first iPhone who did not have 3G. Strange design decisions. Nokia 5800, which is mostly a multimedia device, beats this device on business features ... and that is not normal. Wi-fi is kinda vital for a business man. I still cant believe the Nokia 5800 will be 279 euro + taxes ... must see it first to believe it :) Sounds too good to be true with all those features, even if it's less responsive than iPhone.
I am little unsure how anyone can leave a review on here about this phone, and especially slagging it off considering it hasn't even been released so no one has seen it yet. Things I can say are that BlackBerry's are the most advanced handhelds on the market, and the people slateing them either haven't used one or haven't given them a chance. They are a completley different device than the standard mobile phone, so yes the first time you use one you will probably want to chuck it out of the window as you will have to learn something completely new. But, after the first couple of days or at most the first week you will be in love and you will never look back, other devices will seem basic and old, and you will become completely attached to the phone and wonder how you got though your life without one. I got myself a BlackBerry fell in love and so far have converted around 50 people or more in the last few months. And as for wifi not being listed on the device, so what? Vodafone have got this device on their website and from what their internet packages look like then you can basically get unlimited data for a small price at the fastest speeds availible of 7.2. I can't wait for this to come out, if it does what it says it will and looks as good as the pictures then it will be the best phone to ever come onto the market.
I was either going to buy this or the nokia 5800 but because the blackberry has no wifi and cost more i will go with the nokia. Im not a business man anyway.
RIMM Fails Again.
At a MINIMUM this phone should have 16 million colors/24 bit and a resolution of 640x480.
toi, 06 Oct 2008another iphone wanna be.iphone wannabe?? any smartphone I know is WAY better than iphone... the latter is an ipod with a good browser but a lame phone!
BlackBerry finally start make phone like others. But forget about the Wi-Fi. So, they need to go back to drawing board again and come with another new Model. I never consider ever buy Blackberry but I thought this time will buy one since it looks great. But gsmarena today say no Wi-Fi. So much for Blackberry. Good bye