Most of the excitement in the mobile phone space this week focused on the announcement of the Motorola DROID on Verizon Wireless. Looking at the Verizon Wireless press release archive page you have to scroll down to the 6th or 7th story to find that the RIM BlackBerry Storm2 was also announced this week with availability occuring a couple of days ago on Wednesday, 28 October. Crackberry.com has a detailed review that covers the device in detail and it looks like the Storm2 is the device that the original Storm should have been. RIM tried some different things with the Storm, primarily with their clickable display, that took away from the BlackBerry experience and this no longer seems to be the case. The use of a capacitive display, similar to the iPhone and Google Android devices, was a smart move on RIM's part.
I thought the original Storm had a nice form factor with solid design and this same form factor is present on the Storm2. Specifications of the Storm2 include:
- 3.25 inch 480x360 pixel resolution touchscreen capacitive display
- Worldwide support with EV-DO Rev A and 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band GSM/EDGE
- Integrated 802.11 b/g WiFi
- Integrated Bluetooth 2.1
- Integrated GPS receiver
- 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, video, and image stabilization
- 256MB of Flash ROM
- 2GB of on board memory and microSD card slot
- 3.5mm headset jack
- BlackBerry OS 5.0
- Improved BlackBerry browser
The Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 is available now for $179 with 2 year contract and mail-in rebate. I understand you can also take advantage of their buy one, get one free offer with the Storm2 so this makes it a compelling choice for Verizon Wireless customers. If you own a current BlackBerry you can also update to the new BlackBerry OS 5.0 via download.