Almost one full year later, RIM and Verizon Wireless are at it again with the BlackBerry Storm2, their second attempt at a full touchscreen BlackBerry device. Despite the relatively strong sales numbers, reports of build quality problems, typing issues, and the like surfaced on the internet within moments of the device launching. Months and numerous software revisions later, the world (and more specifically, the BlackBerry community) is well aware of the original Storm frustrations.
My BlackBerry Storm2 came in today, and I'll be the first to admit - I was nervous. I carried the original Storm twice - once when it first came out (that very day, to be exact), and a second time in early 2009. Both times, I wanted to love the device. It offers RIM's award winning e-mail solution, a giant touchscreen, and it's centered around multimedia. Based on the paper specifications, I wanted it. However, in the history of my love for all things RIM, the Storm was the first BlackBerry device that I have ever returned out of dissatisfaction. Needless to say, I wanted the Storm2 to blow it out of the park. The form factor was there from the beginning; the phone just needed some tweaks when it came to typing, as well as some screen improvements to become a great media-centric BlackBerry.
Here's what I like about the BlackBerry Storm2:
The Storm2 excites me because it's genuinely a great product, it's proof that RIM can bridge the divide between "professional" and "multimedia," and more importantly, it's the company's first legitimate stab at the touchscreen market. Everything I love about the BlackBerry product, it has, along with everything I love about touchscreen devices (particularly, the iPhone - I hate to compare it, but it's true). My favorite improvement isn't a physical device improvement, but rather that with the launch of the Storm 2, non-BlackBerry users will finally view the device as a legitimate alternative to other touchscreen devices on the market. More Storm 2 owners translates into a higher market share for the BlackBerry brand. The original Storm missed the boat, but I can safely say that the Storm 2 is the first legitimate contender in RIM's corner.
Believe me, I'll be running this device through its paces, so stay tuned for more reviews, comparisons, and more! In the meantime, enjoy the pictures below.