David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

Summary: It is not that often that I agree whole heartedly with David Pogue's reviews since he is a little too pro-Apple for me, but this time I can honestly say his review of the BlackBerry Storm is right on. The power of a BlackBerry is their QWERTY keyboard and RIM needs to forget about future Storm devices and stick with their niche of the market.

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David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agreeIt is not that often that I agree whole heartedly with David Pogue's reviews since he is a little too pro-Apple for me, but this time I can honestly say his review of the BlackBerry Storm is right on. The power of a BlackBerry is their QWERTY keyboard and RIM needs to forget about future Storm devices and stick with their niche of the market.

The screen technology on the Storm is unique and cool for a few minutes, but I couldn't have said it better myself when Pogue stated,"It’s too much work, like using a manual typewriter." That is exactly how I felt using the device this past week. I get tired very quickly entering text on the Storm and find it requires more work and effort than on other devices. It is also a frustrating experience and that should not be the case on a BlackBerry device where people are trying to be productive. If you think you are going to be productive and efficient on the Storm, think again.

The navigation also has major flaws and I constantly select the wrong item in the menus because the items are too close for finger navigation. RIM worked on the cool screen and text input, but the menus are still designed for the trackball navigation and are not conducive to finger presses. I don't even have that large of fingers and I can't imagine the frustration people with larger fingers must feel on the Storm.

Check out and you can read just about everything that I too have experienced with the device when it comes to text entry and navigation. I did not experience any of the hardware failures David has with his two review units so he is obviously getting devices with problems. My Storm has been flawless as far as the hardware goes, but the device just isn't optimized for finger navigation, feels like too much work to use, and is not a good BlackBerry experience. It is a pretty good media player, but I don't think too many people who want a BlackBerry care that much about media and if they do then they should look at something else like the iPhone.

Actually, as far as the enterprise goes, I prefer the iPhone much more over the Storm. It really depends on your server needs and if you have Exchange it is a no brainer that the iPhone beats the Storm out for Exchange support. I went back to using my original iPhone after using the Storm and it is like a breath of fresh air in the touch screen device category. The iPhone is slick and so much easier to navigate and faster to enter text on.

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  • Not the highly lauded iPhone killer?

    NT
    mlindl
  • RE: David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

    This is why we have chosen to only develop our enterprise apps
    for the iPhone. http://blog.cosential.com/?p=156
    dcornish
  • POGUE IS RIGHT! NO IPHONE KILLER!

    He agrees with this crazy review

    http://admiralh.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/why-the-
    blackberry-storm-is-no-iphone-killer/
    josielovesyou
  • RE: David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

    A bit harsh. All it needs is a firmware upgrade and it'll be just fine. There needs to be an option to use key entry via touch only, without having to depress the screen, and I'm confident this will be addressed in an update. RIM had a great idea with the clickable touch screen, and usability research backs up that text entry is faster and less error-prone if users get tactile feedback, the only problem is that it takes too much effort. Stick around for the next release and watch Pogue making a 180.
    illuminaut
    • "Just" a firmware upgrade?

      Sure, technically that's all it needs, but to get to that
      firmware upgrade (from the sounds of all the reviews I've
      read) someone has to re-think a lot of the interface
      conventions, change the on-screen button sizes (meaning
      new layouts for most of the apps' interfaces, optimize the
      display code to improve responsiveness dramatically, fix
      the software governing the accelerometers, and on, and
      on.

      The OS needs to be re-thought.

      Saying that all the Storm needs is a firmware upgrade is
      like saying all Vista needs is a service pack. Well sure, but
      a huge team of people need some serious face-time with
      their computers to make sure that upgrade is everything it
      needs to be.
      disposableidentity
    • Not even a nice try

      Predicting that flawed products will be better due to the upgrade of a single variable is just plain silly.

      Go see the movie first before you write a review.
      SkateNY
  • RE: David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

    Are you kidding me with the Exchange support comment? The iPhone's Exchange support is missing all sorts of key features. AFAIK,it doesn't allow you to:

    View other's calendars when scheduling a meeting.
    Create recurring meetings.
    Set out of office notice.
    Set different time zones for meetings.
    Cancel meetings and send a cancellation notice to all attendees.

    All you can basically do on an iPhone is read/send email, accept meeting invites and view your calendar. Very basic and nowhere near the support that the Storm or any other BB has. I haven't even mentioned the mgmt of devices from an enterprise standpoint....

    The author is smoking something!!!
    homsie
    • I use Windows Mobile for the best Exchange support

      My comment was made just in the context of touch screen only devices. My primary device is currently the HTC Fuze because Windows Mobile clearly offers the best experience for Exchange users. I agree that the iPhone is barely adequate for Exchange, but when you look at touch only (considering Windows Mobile as both a touch and keyboard/stylus device) the iPhone is better than the Storm for Exchange.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • windows mobile

        Hmm....I still don't see how you can make the statement that the iPhone is better than the Storm for Exchange. Having a responsive interface (as the iPhone does) with no features at all is not good at all. The Storm has way more features and with future firmware upgrades, any sluggishness should be resolved. Now, in regards to Windows Mobile, the features are there, but the email sync absolutely stinks!!! It doesn't come anywhere close to the push email service that you get with any BB.
        homsie
    • Yeah

      That's prolly why so many enterprise businesses want to jump on the iPhone bandwagon.

      You people don't need to get smarter; you just need to grow up. The rest of us are more than willing to wait.
      SkateNY
      • Errr...

        Show me an enterprise that wants to jump on the iPhone bandwagon. It's not happening.
        parabyte
  • RE: David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

    I've had a Blackberry since the days it was a pager. I simply love the Storm. I tried the iPhone and found it to be way too limiting in many aspects. A great looking phone it is, but I hated typing on it. As an enterprise director, we have people exchanging their iPhones for the Storm. I found the keyboard easy to use, though it took a bit of getting used to, and there are a ton of shortcuts that can be learned to make getting around very easy. I disagree with David (as usual).
    ItsJustMeFL
  • Why the Storm was a better alternative (for me) than iPhone

    Pogue???s review fails in many respects???most notably, he
    neglects comparing the Blackberry Storm with other
    smartphones.

    I???m a big fan of Apple products, but I passed on the
    iPhone because:

    ??? Call quality and connectivity is very important to me. At
    the end of the day, a smartphone should still be a phone.
    Verizon is the best wireless provider (and it has better-
    priced calling plans, especially for families) Sorry, but I
    can't justify the possibility of missing an important call
    from my office or family just so that I can have the
    privilege of playing Space Monkey Ball.

    ??? The iPhone doesn???t have a removable battery. What???s the
    point of using a smartphone???s multiple features if it runs
    out of juice after a few hours?

    ??? I find the iPhone???s touchscreen keyboard difficult to use.
    Even with shortcuts and autocorrect features, I still found
    it a frustrating experience.

    I can imagine that a veteran Blackberry user might not like
    the clickable screen. But, I found it much more user-
    friendly than what the iPhone offers. Plus, the added
    bonuses of excellent email management, expandable
    memory, and the ability to edit & cut-and-paste
    documents on the go made it a very attractive alternative.

    I had not planned to use the Storm as a media device, but
    the high-resolution fullscreen and bluetooth stereo (which
    works great with bluetooth headphones) made a believer
    out of me.

    I have not experienced any of the bugs and lags that Pogue
    and others describe. And the browser is lightning fast.

    One peculiar, annoying issue is the minimalist
    documentation provided on how to operate the Storm.
    Many tips, tricks and shortcuts are not mentioned in the
    manual, or even in the Storm???s help documentation. For
    instance, if you find the menu cramped as Pogue did, it???s a
    simple matter to change the font size (it took me less than
    five seconds???problem solved).

    For me, the ???ideal smartphone??? doesn???t yet exist. But for
    me, the Storm is the closest thing to meeting my needs.
    David.57
  • RE: David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

    I have had the phone for one day and I already want my 8300
    back. The typing stinks and the phone keeps locking up. I
    have a very hard time navigating to the area I want on the
    first try.

    I want an I phone and I love it , however I will never use AT&T
    .
    Dusty Smith
  • Back to the (touchscreen) drawing board, RIM

    I only played with the Storm for ten minutes at he Verizon kiosk, but that ten minutes was more than enough to make me run--not walk--back to my Android G1, something I previously would not have thought possible coming from RIM, whose past products I've enjoyed using and still dearly miss with my migration to the G1. Since I own an iPod Touch I think I also have a pretty good idea of how well an iPhone operates...IMHO RIM dug itself into touchscreen hell with the Storm when compared to either of the previous mentioned competing products.

    Well, at least there's still the Bold to carry on the CrackBerry banner.
    flatliner
  • RE: David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

    I think he is missing the point. It's not designed for iphone fans. So what? It's no big surprise that iphone fans want to stick with the iphone. It's also no surprise that Pogue likes (loves?) Apple and he is entitled to his opinion, but it's just a personal opinion.The iphone fans are a tiny portion of the market. We have a few Storms in our office now and people are debating the topic big time. Some people love it and swear that touch screen + Blackberry email + Verizon is the way to go, but some people swear that they will never switch from their Curve or that they want the Bold. It's not for everyone, but a lot of people will buy it and be very happy. If you care about email or decent phone quality, you probably won't go with iphone, but that doesn't meant that lots of people won't buy the iphone. They will.
    Bill Carlin
  • This isn't the Smartphone wars - It's just a phone

    I'm not a 'fan' of any particular wireless phone. So, I have no built-in bias toward or against any. They're just tools. My wife and I received our Blackberry Storms 3 days ago. The only gripes I have with them are: 1) RIM had to go with a Micro-USB connector instead of the standard Mini-USB. 2) The phone's hang (freeze) under no particular circumstance. The first phone call I received went to voice-mail, because I couldn't get it to answer. Within a minute, it became responsive again. Once, I tried making a Speed Dial call. Again, unresponsive. My wife's Storm froze when setting up email. It took a power cycle to get it to come back to life. Although annoying, I can live with the Micro-USB connector. But having a phone that goes into never-never land is not acceptable. I'm hoping for, but not counting on a software fix. I hope we don't end up with 2 phones for the next two years that control whether we get to make or answer calls.
    tarpanet
  • Read Nick Farrells opinion of David "i love Apple" Pogue

    http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/11/27/york-times-slams-rim
    deaf_e_kate
    • Nick Farrell?

      Has the guy actually sat down with both phones & conducted
      tests? Has he even used either phone or is he talking out of
      his arse as usual. Nick farrell is as anti-Apple anything as
      they get. Hardly an unbiased source for anything.
      SquishyParts
  • RE: David Pogue forecasts a depression for the Storm and I completely agree

    It's good to see that someone isn't afraid to agree with a scathing review of a product that doesn't live up to its hype. (Oh, you mean Apple isn't the only company that produces gadgets with hype?)

    The Storm isn't a bad phone, but it isn't in the same league as their previous offerings. No WiFi? Gimme a break. I don't even care about the touchy-feely screen. The absence of Wi-Fi in this day and age is a definite deal breaker.

    Next time you want to make an iPhone killer, make sure it's ready for market
    SkateNY