The New BlackBerry A Bust?

December 5, 2008

New York (ChattahBox) – After months of hype many of us were thrilled by the release of the Blackberry Storm, and with Verizon’s claims that this was the fastest selling Blackberry yet, it seemed as though they had developed a real winner in the world of high tech gadgets.

But as it turns out, the boasts about the sheer awesome power of this phone may be greatly overstated. Reviews are really tearing this product apart, citing bugs, glitches, and just a general inconvenience that seems to echo the complains the original iPhone gathered the first several weeks of it’s release.

“Having used many other [BlackBerry maker] Research In Motion devices, I can’t remember a device being released with so many bugs,” said Allen Nogee of In-Stat Research. “There is no doubt that this device was rushed to market to make the Christmas selling season.”

Among other reviews it has been called “wonky”, “unreliable” and a “POS”…ouch! I am sure whoever is responsible for the rush job must be kicking themselves right now, and we can only hope that whatever happens, they take more care to make sure their future devices are actually finished before throwing them onto the shelves. Not to mention are more careful of the laughable claims they make in their advertisements, because somehow I doubt they had this kind of ‘storm’ in mind when they named it.


One Response to “The New BlackBerry A Bust?”

  1. LPD on December 6th, 2008 3:25 am

    I have had the phone for 2 weeks now. It took a few days to get the hang of it. Much like the very first time I used a mouse with a PC. The more I use it the more I like it. I changed the sensitivity settings for the touch screen which helped a lot. And I set a convenience (physical side button) to toggle the keyboard on and off, which helps a lot. The default font size is too small for me so I enlarged it with the added bonus that menu items are now spaced further apart so selecting menu items much easier.

    I have not experienced all the problems I have been reading about. Today I upgraded to the new software ( . That went very smooth. All my data and setting were properly restored. The switching from portrait to landscape is faster now, but I didn’t think that it was ever that slow (about 1.2 seconds). Repeatedly switching orientation is not something that one needs to do, so I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. It is cool to watch so people to it a lot when the first get the phone, but in practice it is not something you do repeatedly. Maybe they are comparing it to the edited video in the Apple iPhone TV ads that had to be pulled in Europe because they violated truth in advertising laws.

    I would say that if you have been using a physical keyboard Blackberry and are a speed typist, you are not going to type as fast on a Storm. Its always about trade-offs. For me the trade-off of a small portable device is larger screen versus physical keyboard. I can’t imagine reading emails and surfing on a smaller screen so the choice was clear for me. With that said, the Storm, like all portable devices is not one size fits all. For me it fits well. I really like this phone.

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