Blackberry Storm

February 25th, 2009 Mobile Computing, Tech, The West Australian

Caps between $69-149, exclusively from Vodafone.

So far Blackberry seemed the only smartphone model not to jump on the iPhone clone bandwagon. The Storm isn’t exactly a touchphone — the technology for registering button clicks isn’t in the screen as with most models, but works by pressing the upper portion of the phone’s body against a backplate that registers the contact. It makes for a more tactile experience than other phones with touchscreens and you’ll enjoy all the usual pluses and minuses of one, from thumb-flick scrolling to fingerprints everywhere.

The features that make a Blackberry so good — the intuitive interface and push email that’s ridiculously easy to set up — are still present, but if the nicely spaced keyboard was one of the reasons you loved the older models, the Storm might seem a little too ‘one of the crowd’. Rating: 3.5


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