I must admit – I’m addicted to my Blackberry Curve and am proud of it. Next stop – Blackberry Bold. I know this BB vs iPhone debate has been going on ages but for some reason… it just doesn’t come to an end!
I’m not a fan of touch-screen phones so I haven’t personally bothered to give the Iphone or the Storm a chance yet. I often wonder if my fingers are too fat for them or if there’s another reason why I despise them so much but they just don’t do it for me for some reason.
In my experience, I have only heard people raving about the Iphone and cursing the Blackberry Storm. A friend of mine just messaged me as well saying “the Storm sucks, read all the reviews, it’s just useless, pointless, & a waste of money”. I also just turned around and asked my colleague why he was so obsessed with his Iphone only to have him blurt “Omar, there will never be a time when the BlackBerry will win over an Iphone. The Iphone is easy to use, GPS is useful for me, I love getting my e-mail, I can buy songs on Itunes, watch films, make telephone calls, browse facebook, download cheap games from the apple store and look cool at the same time so get over your blackberry; especially that loser of a Storm”. Umm, I don’t even own a BlackBerry Storm but I guess that’s just how passionate he was about the iPhone that he didn’t even realize that the Blackberry has most of those features as well.
That said… I just came across an article in the Gulf News this morning, which just proves that the Storm isn’t as bad as everyone says and maybe one day, the “Blackberry could Storm iPhone citadel” , which is the title of the article!!
Scott Schuey, Chief Reporter, seemed to be familiar with both phones in the article and had started off by saying “It’s a good thing I didn’t write this review after playing with Blackberry’s new touch-screen phone, the Storm, for only a day. It would not have been positive”. Well, at least the guy is being honest even though I don’t understand why he bothered to even get the Storm in the first place if he was so obsessed with his iPhone but I’m sure glad he did ….
The thing that Scott seemed to be most impressed with was the fact that unlike the iPhone, the Storm responds with a physical click and it allows you to type faster. He wasn’t too impressed with the web browsing category, thought that the graphic ability needs to be improved, and even said that “sluggish would describe the phone’s performance at times”. Ouch.
Overall, Scott said the Storm went a long way to meeting expectations, but not all the way. He admits that there are a number of things that need to be improved before this phone is a legitimate contender against the iPhone, but a few tweaks and the Blackberry could be the winner!.
I guess it will take time for the Blackberry folks to catch up in the touch-screen department but I still managed to read Scott’s review in a positive light. Did you hear that? “… a few tweaks and the Blackberry could be the winner!” Well, it’s better in every other way … so might as well succeed in the touch-screen department as well. As a friend just said to me as well – “Being a complete Blackberry addict and having played around with my sister’s iPhone… I realized that the typing feature takes a day or so to get used to but what the iPhone lacks is the Blackberry Messenger feature, which is what makes the Blackberry so precious to me”!
Have a good Blackberry Friday, guys!
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