This week RIM and Verizon announced the new BlackBerry Storm phone which will be available this holiday season from Verizon. This phone is truly an amazing touch screen device, similar to the Apple Iphone, but it takes it to the next level. I’ve been waiting for this device to launch for some time, as Verizon and RIM are both clients of Electronic Art. And I just bought some RIM stock last week while stocks were plummeting in the current financial crisis, mostly because I was certain that the new phone would lift their stocks in the coming years, much like the Iphone did for my Apple stocks. The thing I like about the new Storm from BlackBerry is that it has more than a touch interface, it has a touch and click interface.
One of the things I don’t like about the Iphone is the lack of ability to copy and paste text from emails, which I do quite often on my BlackBerry Curve in the course of a business day. The new Storm retains many of the great BlackBerry OS features such as cut & paste, and has shortcut keys on the side of the phone which are really handy. I was just musing the other day that Apple needs something like that for contextual menus on the Iphone to make me happy (admittedly not an easy thing to do).
At Electronic Art, we developed a BlackBerry phone app for Verizon Wireless to use at events, as well as related web and kiosk interfaces. We are excited about the new phone hardware and can’t wait to get our hands on one to re-design the app for the new devices. This phone may put a real hurting on Apple’s Iphone market, but it will certainly make current BlackBerry users very, very happy!
See a write up about the new phone at CNET at this link. Do you have an opinion on this or the Iphone? Write a comment below and share your thoughts.