Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Storm Brewing

After all the hoopla around the iPhone 3G and the first Google Android device, it wasn't going to be long until we heard a response from the Smartphone market leader - Blackberry.

This weekend a website called Boy Genius Report leaked a 17-page PowerPoint presentation that showed pictures of Blackberry's iPhone killer - the touchscreen Blackberry Storm. (according to the press release the news was supposed to be under embargo until right now (9:00PM PST) on Wednesday, October 8.)

The BlackBerry Storm will be available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. and Vodafone customers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand next month. Designed to appeal to both consumers and business customers, the BlackBerry Storm combines the powerful communication features and productivity tools of a global BlackBerry smartphone with revolutionary technology that provides for easy and precise touch screen typing on the world’s first tactile touch display that responds like a keyboard and combines multi-touch and gesture support for intuitive selection and application navigation.

Other noteworthy features include the built-in GPS, a media player and landscape mode for viewing Web pages horizontally and typing e-mails. (The iPhone 3G does not let you type e-mails in horizontal mode.) The screen is about the same size and resolution as the iPhone, while the built-in camera is slightly better at 3.2 megapixels, vs. 2.0 megapixels on the iPhone.

No word yet on pricing but I'm sure we'll learn more soon.


Satya said...

Really good article. I have been following your blog for last 3 months. You have good knowledge
on Mobile(cell phone) Industry and happenings. Please continue the good work. Thank you.

Plobit said...

This phone is gorgeous. I would like one :)

Chris at prepaid cell phones said...

This phone looks incredible. Sure, maybe it's part the anticipation of it and the hype I've read about it. But there's something about it that might convert me to the BlackBerry side of life.