Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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.