RIM unveils BlackBerry Storm 2
By Stuart Turton
Posted on 15 Oct 2009 at 08:32
RIM has taken the covers off the BlackBerry Storm 2, the company's latest attempt to tackle Apple in the consumer smartphone market.
The original BlackBerry Storm was heavily criticised for its 'clickthrough' feature - which effectively turned the entire screen into a giant button - and though it is retained on the Storm 2, RIM has refined it by placing a hinge at each corner of the device, rather the depending on just one at the bottom of the screen.
This should mean that clicking the screen is a much smoother experience. This is aided by the introduction of multitouch controls, and the integration of the receive, end, menu and back buttons into the touchscreen.
Beneath the 3.25in 480 x 360 screen there's 3G, Wi-Fi, 2GB of storage and a 3.2 megapixel camera sporting flash, auto focus, image stabilisation and 2X digital zoom.
Unlike the original BlackBerry Storm, the Storm 2 will not be available exclusively on Vodafone. The operator will be first to market with the smartphone, releasing it on 26 October. Handsets will be free with £35 contracts.
However, other networks are expected to start selling the smartphone after Christmas. There's no confirmation from the companies on why their exclusivity arrangement has been dropped, though speculation suggests it has to do with Vodafone picking up the iPhone.
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Too Small again
When will RIM or Nokia or anyone else realise that "Small is beutiful" does apply to smart phones? Please give us something with a decent sized keyboard and screen like a Psion 5. It was perfectly pocketable, possibly not quite as robust as it might have been but nonetheless very fit for purpose it just lacked built-in GPS, WiFI and telephony, but the package size eas perfect. Netbooks are neither big enough or small enogh. All available phones are too small.
By Gz_jimadams24122 on 15 Oct 2009
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