BlackBerry Storm Review Scorecard: Not Fully Baked

As the clock struck midnight this morning a breadth of BlackBerry Storm reviews hit the Net. Everyone from mainstream media publications to technology blogs posted their  reviews of the all-touch BlackBerry Storm. LAPTOP Magazine Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer gave the Storm a 2.5 stars, which in star rating language means he wouldn’t recommended it…yet. Though Mark says the Storm has a “one-of-a-kind touch interface combined with strong data and voice performance,” the software was just a bit to buggy for him to tell customers to go out and buy tomorrow morning. He is giving it a bit more time to bake. And our editor-in-chief isn’t alone. The tech press have spoken and the Storm is no Apple iPhone killer (or at least not right now). I stayed up till 2 a.m. last night reading through the plethora of reviews, which were overwhelmingly luke warm. Here are some of our favorite reviews from our friends in the blogosphere and tech press. Please click their links and decide if the Storm is for you. And let us know in the comments. Wall Street Journal (Walt Mossberg)Mossberg is a bit more positive than the rest of the bunch. “Overall, the Storm is a very capable handheld computer that will appeal to BlackBerry users who have been pining for a touch-controlled device with a larger screen,” the renowned tech journalist says. But he also found that his Storm was “sluggish at some tasks. It took noticeably longer than the iPhone to flip the first photo from landscape to portrait orientation, or to start the process of flipping through a series of photos by swiping them with a finger. And some other tasks were also slow.” USA Today (Ed Baig) - Baig gave the device a 3 out of four star rating. And though it’s not a game changer like the iPhone, “it has a blizzard of features but is harder to use. Still, Verizon’s wireless network outshines iPhone carrier AT&T in many places.” PC Mag (Sascha Segan)With a great introduction, Segan pulls in readers by saying a Storm can change the landscape, but he finds the Storm to be “imperiled by a difficult-to-use QWERTY keyboard and widespread reports of serious bugs.” He gave the Storm a half a point higher than us with a 3 star rating. His editor’s note says that a software update is coming soon for the phone and that it could change the rating for the publication. Gizmodo (Matt Buchanan) - The headline says it all: “Not the Perfect Storm.” Buchanan found that his Storm crashed way too often. He concludes, “the Storm is a strong effort from RIM, but it’s not quite the killer phone that they or Verizon need it to be. It’s good—RIM clearly put a lot of thought into the design. But I think it fall short of what they were aiming for, and ultimately what all the hype is driving people to expect.” Engadget (Joshua Topolsky)Here is a conclusion that sums up how a lot of us are feeling. “Going into this review, we really wanted to love this phone. On paper, it sounds like the perfect antidote to our gripes about the iPhone, and in some ways it lives up to those promises — but more often than not while using the Storm, we felt let down or frustrated. Ultimately, this could be a great platform with a little more time in the oven, but right now, it feels undercooked — and that’s not enough for us.” JKOnTheRun (James Kendrick) - While all other reviewers found some faults with the Storm, JKOnTheRun just couldn’t find one. “We’ve only had the Storm in hand for a few hours but so far it’s easy to state that the Storm is the best Blackberry we have used to date.  It is a phone that is definitely focused on the consumer with advance media player, web browser and online tools but it’s still a Blackberry meaning it works well for the professional too.” The Boy Genius Report (Boy Genius himself)The Boy Genius, whomever he may really be, was more generous than many. “Here’s our honest to god non-biased conclusion… this is the best phone to ever touch Verizon Wireless so far.” But he does sum up his complaints quite well: “It’s not that the Storm is a piece of junk for the most part, it’s that it goes against everything a BlackBerry stands for… Quick. Easy. Effortless. The touch screen on the Storm complicates the simplest of tasks sometimes, you lose that lightning fast BlackBerry crack-addict mentality, at least to us.”

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  1. john laptop Says:

    good info

  2. Patch Landers Says:

    I got the chance to play with an unactivated model this afternoon at my local Verizon store. The phone is amazing! Yes, it is a bit sluggish in certain tasks, and you will have to practice a bit on the keyboard to type (both become amazingly simple within minutes!), overall it is the closest thing to my iphone I have touched at Verizon. My wife has a Voyager, and my son has a Dare, both stink in my opinion! My current 8830 will be retired at 8:15am tomorrow (well, today…it’s 12:51am right now), and I’ll let you know exactly what I think once it’s put through my paces (I average 6000 to 8000 minutes per month and I’m a super power user of text, music, video, e-mail, and so on…so if anyone can break it, I can!).

  3. Frank Says:

    Do not buy the Storm blackberry!!!

    Locks up
    Excessive delay to touchscreen
    You disconnect yourself while talking when your cheek comes in contact with touchsreen.

    Piece of junk!!

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