The Blackberry Storm is Research in Motion’s attempt to take a chunk out of Apple’s iPhone market share with new technology and international roaming.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—A touch screen with tactile feedback is just part of what Blackberry is unveiling with their latest smart phone called the Storm.
According to a non-bylined Associated Press article from October 8, 2008 that appeared on Yahoo.com’s tech news page, the Storm’s design reflects feedback from iPhone users. Specifically, the article mentioned how some users complained about the lack of touch feedback of the.
Research in Motion came up with a solution in the form of a spring-backed glass screen, according to the article, which delivers more touch feedback. According to the Associated Press article, a light touch activates the cursor while a firm press activates links. This allows the Storm to more closely mimic a desktop than the iPhone.
Another innovation mentioned in the article is the Storm’s international roaming. This is possible with the Storm’s built in radios, which allow it to operate on Verizon’s network in the US and on Vodafone’s network when outside of the US.
Research in Motion has yet to release a price on the Storm yet, but the features are sure to appeal to those dissatisfied with the iPhone. According to the Storm page on Blackberry.com, the smart phone will have a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera that can take still and video images. The Storm also has mobile streaming so users can enjoy audio and video clips.
The Storm is GPS-enabled and supports Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.