Category: Mobile Computing.

Looking back to my younger days I used to have fond memories of heading out with my parents on a Sunday afternoon to go blackberry picking. And the best bit was when the fruits of our labour (couldn’t resist the pun !) resulted in a delicious apple and blackberry pie for dinner.

BUT we are now in the year 2009 and Blackberry Storm has taken on a whole new meaning. I purchased the device back in November of 2008 so it has now been road-tested for over five months and I have mixed feelings. Unfortunately I’m in an 18 month contract so love it or hate it my options are limited!

The BlackBerry Storm is the first BlackBerry to have a touch screen user interface which I feel has been developed to tackle the ever increasing domination of the Apple iTouch. Ever since Apple released the iPhone, every phone manufacturer has been trying to produce an iPhone killer and this is BlackBerry’s answer. The Storm incorporates two kinds of virtual keyboard – the full QWERTY keyboard and the SureType keyboard – the keyboard switching depending on whether you’re in portrait or landscape mode. The Storm uses a new innovation called ‘ClickThrough’ that means the screen responds to pressure, so it feels almost like you’re using a real keyboard. This actually works really well and I do find that typing is quicker than the old style Blackberry with SureType learning new words as you use it more.

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