RIM announces BlackBerry Storm with responsive touch screen display

RIM announces BlackBerry Storm with responsive touch screen display

Summary: It was no secret that the BlackBerry Storm was coming to Verizon, but now it is official as both Verizon Wireless and Vodafone announced the device with RIM tonight. The BlackBerry Storm is the first touch screen BlackBerry device and one of the first I have ever heard of that has a display with real feedback.

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RIM announces BlackBerry Storm with responsive touch screen displayIt was no secret that the BlackBerry Storm was coming to Verizon, but now it is official as both Verizon Wireless and Vodafone announced the device with RIM tonight. The BlackBerry Storm is the first touch screen BlackBerry device and one of the first I have ever heard of that has a display with real feedback.

The press release states that the screen actually depresses slightly when pressed and the user feels this with a gentle "click" when released. This type of positive touch screen should give the end user a better touch experience and I can't wait to try it out. The Storm also adds support for multi-touch, taps, slides and other gestures. Like the iPhone, the Storm has an integrated accelerometer so you can switch from portrait to landscape with either the SureType (portrait) or full QWERTY (landscape) keyboard appearing.

Other specs for the BlackBerry Storm include support for Verizon's 3G network, 3.2 megapixel camera, integrated GPS receiver, integrated Documents To Go software for full Office document functionality, 1GB of onboard memory with a microSD slot, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth radio with A2DP support, 480x360 display, and 1400 mAh removable rechargeable battery. It does not have a WiFI radio, but with Verizon's extensive 3G network you should be covered quite well for wireless data access.

The device is definitely a shot across the bow of the iPhone and shows that enterprise users can continue to use a RIM BlackBerry device and still experience the latest and greatest in touch screen technology and functionality. Check out Phone Scoop's hands-on look at the BlackBerry Storm. The BlackBerry Storm will be available later this fall for an undisclosed price.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, BlackBerry

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  • Welcome to the iBerry!

    I said it first! Haha.
    b.bob
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Storm with responsive touch screen display

    It's about time Verizon gets a cool phone first. I'll be dumping my Palm Treo 700p for the Storm. I was waiting on the Treo Pro, but this looks much better and I won't have to put up with WM6. Just wish the Storm had WiFi, otherwise it appears to be nearly perfect.
    ActionAl
  • What's the screen made of?

    If it depresses when you push on it, it can't be glass. And if it isn't glass, it seems like it wouldn't be as durable as if it were.
    Userama
  • No Wi-Fi?

    What's up with that???
    turbine.pilot
    • No Wi-Fi?

      I agree. What's up with that. Is it because you could then get on the internet and get your email without getting minutes counted while your viewing and cruising.
      cgeorge1@...
  • Verizon Network is not opening to 3rd party Apps

    Verizon is known to block all 3rd party applications and always charge expensive fees for every app and services.

    For other carriers, you can use LifeInPocket Navigation for free while Verizon user can only use Verizon???s own VZ Navigation for $9.99/month which is not as goods as LifeInPocket.

    Who would want to buy a phone that you have to pay big money for apps and services?.

    Most of my friends are using The popular LifeInPocket no matter they are with AT&T, Nextel, Sprint etc (but not Verizon). LifeInPocket is the best mobile phone GPS navigation I ever used. It's free, easy to download and user friendly.
    Its address sync capability (with Yahoo, GMAIL, Outlook etc) allow you to use those addresses for navigation by single click.
    I use their location messaging to replace text messaging which also saved a lot of money.

    Who would what to buy this expensive phone, pay expensive monthly plan and being restricted by Verizon for everything thus they can squeeze more money from you!

    Nice phone, greed carrier, it???s not going to work!
    MobileAnalyst
    • Who would pay big money for apps and services?

      Obviously 10million iPhone users will... so maybe the Storm will work?
      iTeaBoy
  • Brilliant Touchscreen Idea

    All the reviews so far say the touchscreen is terrific, and its keyboard is easier than the iPhone.

    Not only is it glass capacitive like the iPhone's, but it's also mounted so it depresses slightly to give a real click.

    Thus you can easily make featherlike swipe, scroll and other gestures, but also actually push to select.

    As Phonescoop put it, the first 3D touchscreen.
    kdarling
    • Aren't moving parts the first ones to fail?

      I haven't experienced this thing first hand, and maybe it's wonderful, but it seems a bit "gimmickey" to me.
      Userama
      • Like the vibration feature on every other cell phone?

        Its not a gimmick, its an attempt at improving touch screen technology.
        T1Oracle
  • This will be my next phone

    I was all set to get the Blackberry Bold because I prefer a tactile interface over a 100% touch interface (like the iPhone).

    But this looks like having the best of both worlds!!
    iTeaBoy
  • No OTA direct Exchange support yet???

    As long as Blackberry has middleware, I won't get one.
    Everything else about this phone is very nice though.
    But until they get smart like Apple did and provide
    direct Activesync to Exchange, it ain't worth the
    trouble to mess with it.
    Narg
  • While I like the concept..

    of the RIM touch screen, I'm curious. Does it respond only
    when you press one of the virtual buttons, or does it
    respond if you press anywhere on the screen?

    When the LG Voyager came out, it's haptic feedback was
    much ballyhooed. It turned out that the darn thing vibrates
    whenever and wherever you touch the screen. I still have
    feeling in my fingertips, and don't need anything else to
    tell me that I've touched something. It would only be
    useful if it told you that you'd actually 'touched' a virtual
    button.
    msalzberg
  • My Verizon phones utilize 3rd party apps, including GPS navigation

    Not sure where you get your info on Verizon. My two BlackBerry phones--the Pearl and Curve, on Verizon--utilize numerous 3rd party apps, including GPS navigation. The worst thing you say that's true is that Verizon disables the internal GPS of a BlackBerry unless you pay a monthly fee for VZNavigator. I simply bought an external GPS that works BETTER and is CHEAPER in the long term (albeit less convenient). Read about my BlackBerry use at http://newBBie.com.
    kellycarter
  • RE: RIM announces BlackBerry Storm with responsive touch screen display

    I would be interested to know if Verizon is going to block internal GPS access for 3rd party apps as well. I have the 8330 and find it extremely annoying that the phone's built-in GPS doesn't work with Google Maps!
    jrich@...