There have been some pretty strong reactions to David Pogue’s (negative) review of the BlackBerry Storm in the New York Times. On the other hand, there are also plenty of people who thanked him for validating their own bad experiences:
My Storm was like something from a Stephen King novel: possessed of its own mind. Everything’s slow: Scrolling, screen rotating, selecting apps, search… everything. The most disappointing piece of equipment I have ever seen… BlackBerry has created the Zune of touchscreen phones.
There were several users who got downright angry over his assessment. And the complainers are not just those who are loving their Storms, but people who don’t even have one:
Having you comment on technology is like having Tom Cruise comment on religion. I have serious doubts about your ability to evaluate tech. Your article is a shameful report from someone who obviously is not knowledgeable in any of these newer items. … Shame on you and on THE NEW YORK TIMES FOR SUCH INFERIOR REPORTING. In an economy like this, the world can do without ignorantly people more concerned with their own egos ripping apart an innovative and well conceived product. May the Devil find out you’re dead immediately after you’re gone.
Damn people! Pogue likens this to the inevitable angry reactions he and other tech writers get every time he says something negative about Apple products.
If you write anything that even hints at a less-than-perfect Apple effort… the backlash is swift, vitriolic and heated. We’re talking insults, vulgarities and even threats. I’ve always thought that that vocal sub-population of Mac fans make up the world’s most watchful, most hostile grass-roots lobbying arm. But now I see that I was wrong. There’s an even nastier one: the BlackBerry nuts.
BlackBerry users are really intense about their devices, but is it actually a tech-cult thing or are all of these people just suffering from denial and grief? After all, the Storm was supposed to be the “it” phone this year and sadly did not deliver. Maybe, maybe, if there was no iPhone to compare it to, the disappointment would not have been so great. But even those of us who aren’t into iPhones at all had to admit that the Storm was a let down. I can imagine it was much more painful for people who had been waiting and wishing and hoping for this device for a while. via Techmeme