Thank you for your fast response. That sertainly dampens my thoughts on this, as I was seriously considering either the Bold or the Storm, and have went for the Storm after spending an hour with it.
iLUVZtehIPOWNZ, 16 Nov 2008Pardon the statement, I didn't notice that you were using Bloomberg Professional. I believe th... moreyou can assign a key to compose but you still have to press "show keyboard" choose SMS, MMS or email, then choose letter.
With a pearl you can just press the letter on the keyboard..the storm has NO keyboard remeber
iLUVZtehIPOWNZ, 16 Nov 2008Pardon the statement, I didn't notice that you were using Bloomberg Professional. I believe th... morei oay $1800 a month for bloomberg on my pc....the blackberry allows me to view it.... the storm doesnt...like I said
please dont question me i know what i am talking about.
The phone is to slow for heavy users, trust me...i couldnt use it for a week, it would infuriate me too much
Pardon the statement, I didn't notice that you were using Bloomberg Professional. I believe there are apps that cost an arm and a leg that offers a similar functionality on the iPhone.
I wish you could elaborate more on why the Storm sucks instead of bashing it outright with silly negative comments, because to be honest, I have used the phone and it is far from what you are saying.
dsa, 16 Nov 2008I got this phone yesterday and I have to say its one of the WORST phones i have ever had !!!
... moreBloomberg, not available on the iPhone 3G.
The App's been in the APP STORE for a few months now. What in the world are you talking about?
Oh, for the person who takes forever to SMS, that's why the BlackBerry has "convenience keys" something I wish the iPhone had, even one, you can assign it to do anything, like say, making an SMS.
"Press a letter then send SMS" - Boy, was that cryptic or not. I believe no phone in the world right now does that. Heck, even if you did, I wonder how the other person would understand you when you "Press a letter then send SMS". You are outright bashing this phone without even using it for a week, or even a month! Ignorance is bliss as they say LoL.
If you're reading text, and want to make a call, as with any BlackBerry, you press the END CALL key to exit back to the main menu. You, going out of your way to say that it is too slow is just outright fanboyism gone bad.
Go ahead and use your Pearl (if you had one!) because I doubt that you even know how to use a BlackBerry properly. This is what separates the men from the boys.
I really dont know how you can compare the Storm to to iphone....its no contest.
I've been using the Storm now for 36 hours and i feel like I've been waiting 35 of them for something to happen !!!
Its painfully painfully slow....its 2008 for christ sake, when I push a buttin i wnt something to happen straight away, not wait forever.
If i want to send a text I want to press a letter then send an SMS not
5. type message
It takes forever !!!!!
If i'm reading a text then want to make a phne call i dont want to wait ages and ages for text to shut down the open phone then contacts ...yaaaawwwwnn
Guys seriously guys this is a diaobolical phone...I'd rather use my pearl until the 8900 comes out or go to o2 and get iphone when my application is avaliable.
I got this phone yesterday and I have to say its one of the WORST phones i have ever had !!!
I've had an iphone and a blackberry pearl and this is the worst by miles. I had an unlocked iphone and it kept freezing but my wife has the new iphone 3G and is is superb. I cannot use the iphone though as I use the Bloomberg Professional application and it is only avaliable at the moment on blackberry.
I have been using a pearl for the last 6 months ut wanted a phone with a better screen and media capabilities so I thought i'd try the Storm.
It is terribble !!! firstly it is very very slow...once you press the screen theirs a 2 or 3 second delay before anything happens.
the touch screen is ok, nothing more, its a bit tacky the way you have to push the whole screen down when you use it and typing is very slow, it take a bit of effort to push it too when typing a long text or email.
I have friend who's have the bold and hate that too as calls constantly drop out.
I got the Storm yesterday and its going back on monday.....useless, dont wate your time or money, if you want a touch screen phone for emails and media the the iphone is the only one to get.
Its back to the Pearl for me until the application I use for work (bloomberg) is avaliable on the iphone 3G.
Just got my storm as an upgrade from the local Vodafone store, well impressed......
Being a Blackberry novice, I'm after a suggestion for a application for internet radio. I work in a black hole with no radio reception but excellent 3G.
Thanks in advance
It depends on what you need, really.
A lot of people I talk to, say that the SMS feature of the iPhone is what "sold" it to them. They feel as if they're chatting with someone.
Then there's the BlackBerry, where chatting is actually a reality.
Some other people I know are so tied into iTunes that it's only logical for them to get an iPhone.
A lot of em, have Mac computers, there's a logical choice again.
The lack of WiFi was a stupid move for BlackBerry... on first glance that is. Upon looking more into the reason why they left it out, it shows that Vodafone's network is JUST THAT GOOD.
I still personally feel they should have put a WiFi chip in there, heck, the 8120 had WiFi!
As a user of an iPhone (First Gen) and a BlackBerry Curve, I can see the separation between the divide between those who see the power of the BlackBerry Infrastructure, and those who do not need it.
I handled the BlackBerry Storm, and I found the weight and feel (dark brushed metal!) of the device to be a winner. The iPhone (1G and 2G) feel like... IMHO a toy, compared to this device. Those who say it is TOO BULKY have small hands. I'm a big person, and the device is just a bit too small for me.
The screen was a whole different story. I type fast on my BlackBerry. I type long emails, and occasionally blog on a BlackBerry with no issues. I also love how fast it is to get into a "rhythm" in typing on a BlackBerry, and in a way, I can be almost as fast on an iPhone as well! The BlackBerry Storm is no different.
The UI on the Storm is slower than the iPhone. Think of scrolling through the icons on an iPhone as 25FPS, the BlackBerry's UI is around 10FPS. Fair trade to consider since I do get all the yummy multi-tasking there. Watching movies is pretty much the same though.
I do love COVERFLOW though, and even if the BlackBerry is very capable in the MEDIA department, Apple's COVERFLOW is a dream to use.
What the iPhone has over the Storm:
1. WiFi - This can honestly be a deal breaker for some people. I mean, to those who, umm... only probably use it in a small area?
2. Execution - The freakin' device is just beautiful. It's so easy to use. The device is so stable (hehe, thanks to not being able to multi-task).
3. APP Store - This is what makes the iPhone.
4. Better browser - SAFARI
Still, the BlackBerry Storm trumps the iPhone because:
1. Replaceable Battery - This is freakin genius. Am I the only one here who carries an extra spare battery on long business trips?
2. Replaceable MicroSD slot - 8GB SDHC cards are sooo cheap.
3. No need for iTunes! - Sorry guys, but there are people who don't like iTunes. Yeah, we have hundreds of CD's backed up as VBR-0 encoded MP3 files.
4. More CODEC Support - DivX, XviD, WMA, WMV
5. Multi-Tasking - I mean, REAL Multi-Tasking, not something stupid where the phone closes the application because you had to email someone.
6. PUSH - Not PUSH Email, but PUSH TECHNOLOGY in general. Here's a little secret, BlackBerry devices run on the BlackBerry Infrastructure.
7. Speaker - I prefer the Storm's (very) loud speaker!
I'll try blogging about the actual unboxing of the Storm when I get the device on Monday.
Spent quite a few hours playing with this phone, and I have to say it fails to live up to the hype. First of all the size and weight of the phone is a big inconvenience, its so damn chunky! Also the the UI is very, very slow, boring and is absolutely no match for the iPhone 3G. Fair enough the iPhone lacks quite a lot of basic features that other phones have, but then again no other phone on the market has The App Store or iTunes. And thats the thing that separates the iPhone from the rest of the pack, not to mention the amazing UI and internet browser. The Storm is nothing more than a poor attempt to copy or mimic the iPhones success. No WiFi!!!!??? I mean why on earth would anyone release a smart phone with no WiFi???!!! The only bit of originality shown by RIM in the design of this phone is the clickable screen, which is interesting and takes some getting used to. Typing is actually easier being done vertically than when the phone is done turned sideways for the full keyboard, its much faster too. All in all its a good attempt to beat the iPhone at its own game, but its just not good enough. I mean its like trying to beat Chelsea at home or play Michael Jordan one on one on his home court, really there can only ever be one winner. Maybe next time...
sold out within 24hrs of the storm......now awaiting more stock taking pre orders....
AJ, 15 Nov 2008Thanks for the review, I ddn't know that the ipod touch had wifi. So i suppose that it's ident... moreYes AJ the touch has Wifi, but also when you do a software update on the touch it gives you the app store as with the phone so you can get all the freebies! it is just a slimmer Iphone without the phone functionality.
Kev, 15 Nov 2008Thanks for putting up such a detailed review, that really helped! A couple of questions abou... moreThe browser is very good, however i forgot to mention that both the Storm and Iphone dont support flash which on some sites is a must. However, for just surfing the web would still go for the Iphone. It scrolls almost as well as a desktop browser, but to zoom in and out of pages is excellent.
I got mine at the Birmingham Bull Ring store on upgrade for free yesterday. I have been playing with it and it is a world apart from my Blackberry Curve i have from work.
I really like it I love the screen and best of all push email. I have always use a Nokia 88xx phone up untill the Sapphire Arte so this was a big step for me, I havw officially bought in to the hype of this phone.
Atleast I get 14 dyas to give it back if i get bored and get a carbon. It is a good handset have a play with it instore you will like it!
Golden Child, 15 Nov 2008Right people as a proud owner of both the Iphone 3G on O2 and the Storm on Vodafone as of Yest... moreThanks for the review, I ddn't know that the ipod touch had wifi. So i suppose that it's identical to an iphone but with no sim card?
If that's the case i m just go and buy a touch then get a storm when the prices come down a little.
Golden Child, 15 Nov 2008Right people as a proud owner of both the Iphone 3G on O2 and the Storm on Vodafone as of Yest... moreThanks for putting up such a detailed review, that really helped!
A couple of questions about the browser at this point. How quick is it compared to desktop browsing? I rarely surf with my computer anymore, and need a reliable fast browser. Buying Apple ain't an option tho. Also, does it do Flash and other plug-ins?
Right people as a proud owner of both the Iphone 3G on O2 and the Storm on Vodafone as of Yesterday, i think im in a solid position to give you a comprehensive review.
Iphone. Right im going to be honest this phone is oustanding at the few things that they focused on. The web browser is the best bar none. The UI is very very good. Attachment Viewing is excellent. The App store is very good for freebies which makes good use of WiFi another good feature. However their are negatives to this handset which to be honest annoy the hell out of me. The battery life on this handset is very poor if you use it to talk a lot you wont get through a day i promise you. Its all well and good having Wifi but whats the point when the battery is so poor you have to keep the phone plugged in. Due to this i dont use the wifi as much as i would want i just jump on my laptop. The camera is rubbish and on the odd occasion where i have used it, to find you cant send the picture message is stupid. The most annoying thing for me is that you cant forward text messages, even your most basic handset does this. To top that you cant copy and paste to get around this. The keylock is not good, on many occasions in my pocket the handset has become unlocked and made calls. If you do email a lot, this is not for you, the touch screen keyboard is not very responsive when you want to type fast. The other thing i discovered with the touch screen recently was that i was out shopping and that day was very cold so my hands were cold. I got a call and tried answering it and the screen would not respond. I later discovered that as the screen is heat sensored that if your hands are too cold it wont work. Finally the signal is poor in my house with my old Nokia N95 i had signal anywhere but with the phone half of my house will not pick up a signal.
Overall its an average phone but an excellent web browsing device. The hype has led me and many users to believe its so good when its not. Its good to show off with, much like the Nokia Arte series but there are much better phones out.
Storm. Having been a blackberry user for many years the drawback on this device is the no Wifi but as a blackberry user i have always come to expect this. The 3G is a welcome addition which is enough to keep me happy. The handset is a tad bit slow, which i hope will sort out down the line. The clickable touchscreen is awesome. I can email and text very quickly and accurately and love the qwerty or sure type option when flipping between portrait and landscape mode. Push email is spot on as usual but the attachment viewer and EDITOR is a good move and will save me lots of time. The battery is good having used it for most of yesterday. The camera is good enough. The phone even synchs with ITunes for your music. The signal is good. The web browser is no way near as good as the Iphones. The fluid scroll through on Iphones browser is way ahead of the storm. The speaker phone is very good and much better than Iphones. To be honest it is a solid all round device. The only thing i dont like is the slowness and size of the device is quite chuncky.
Overall the Storm is a better device than the Iphone but it does depend on what you need it for. If you were more Nokia Arte than N95 8Gb then you will prefer the Iphone, but if its functionality you want theres no contest the Storm wins hand down. If like me you want to have both then do that or if you dont want to pay for two lines, get a Storm as your phone and an Ipod Touch which is the Iphone without the phone element.