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BlackBerry Storm

The phone comes with 128MB of flash memory and 1GB of onboard memory. The phone offers support for microSD/SDHC expansion slot up to 16GB cards.

BlackBerry Bold too packs 128MB flash memory, 1GB on-board storage memory and has support for microSD/SDHC memory card slot for memory expansion of up to 16GB.

BlackBerry Storm will run on the latest BlackBerry operating system (version 4.7). The phone will support multiple email accounts: BlackBerry Enterprise, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, POP3, IMAP4 and more.

The phone packs a host of multimedia capabilities including Bluetooth 2.0 with support for stereo Bluetooth headsets, dial-up networking and GPS. The phone comes with Media Player with support for music and video formats including MP3, AAC, WMA, WMV, MPEG4 and H.264.

The Storm's screen, like the iPhone's, treats touch as more than just another way to move a cursor. Unfortunately, it can't do the iPhone trick of enlarging or shrinking screen contents in response to a finger pinch or stretch. But unlike the iPhone, it does let you edit by cutting and pasting—and you can use a two-finger stretch to select text. You can also use a flick of a finger to scroll pages up or down, which is particularly handy for browsing quickly through a list of e-mails.

Storm is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera with video recording, auto focus and flash. The phone also comes preloaded with instant messengers like Yahoo, Windows Live, AOL, and ICQ and social networking apps like Facebook, MySpace and Flickr. The phone has BlackBerry Maps for text-based turn-by-turn directions.

The company claims Storm supports battery life of up to 15 days (standby time) and up to 5.5 hours (talk time).

BlackBerry Storm, however, lacks WiFi. The phone's carrier Verizon says that WiFi would have added to the smartphone's size and cost. Also, a few third-party BlackBerry apps are not yet available for the touchscreen.

The Storm is not an iPhone killer, nor is it intended to be. RIM's emphasis is on e-mail and business applications, and its products are designed to be managed by corporate technology departments. Like its predecessors, the new BlackBerry is aimed squarely at mobile executives. But the Storm incorporates much of the fresh thinking that characterizes the consumer-oriented iPhone. The key test will be whether business users who spend a lot of time on their keyboards will be willing to migrate to a touchscreen. Based on my brief experience, I think the Storm is an excellent alternative to traditional BlackBerrys.

Unlike the 3G iPhone that doesn't have copy and paste feature, BlackBerry Storm supports this functionality. Also, the smartphone offers support for MMS (Multimedia messaging), video recording and voice dialing features that are missing in the Apple iPhone.
BlackBerry Storm BlackBerry Storm Reviewed by Imran Baig on 11:46:00 AM Rating: 5
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