Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - BlackBerry Storm

BlackBerry Storm, RIM's first-ever touch-screen device and BlackBerry's official attempt at dethroning the iPhone. The Storm has it all -- well, except for Wi-Fi, but it makes up for that in other areas. Not only is the Storm cool as all get-out, it packs in enough features and functions to wow the corporate and consumer sectors all in one fell swoop.

The Storm officially hit stores in November, though for most of 2008 rumors and hype swirled about BlackBerry's touch-screen answer to the iPhone. And the day the Storm was released, users were not disappointed.

The Storm boasts all of the BlackBerry functionality users have come to love -- e-mail, messaging, calendaring and more, along with the multimedia functionality they have come to expect, like GPS, video and music.

The Storm also features a 3.2-megapixel camera with zoom, flash and video-recording capabilities. And the Storm's 'clickable' touch-screen, which makes an audible clicking sound and depresses slightly as users type on the touch-sensitive display, is a key differentiator.

The Storm, which runs on Verizon Wireless' 3G network, costs about $200 with a contract and rebates.

Release date: November 21 2008

CNET editors rating:

Average user rating:

The good:
The RIM BlackBerry Storm features an innovative touch screen that provides tactile feedback to confirm your selection. The Storm offers dual-mode functionality for world-roaming capabilities as well as EV-DO Rev. A and UMTS/HSDPA support. Other highlights include GPS and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

The bad:
The Storm's SurePress touch-screen takes some acclimation and the onscreen keyboard is a bit cramped. The smartphone can be sluggish and buggy even after the firmware update.. Speakerphone quality was a bit choppy

The bottom line:
The RIM BlackBerry Storm may blow in a frenzy for Verizon Wireless subscribers wanting a touch screen similar to the Apple iPhone. However, there are bugs and performance issues that prevent the Storm from delivering its full potential.

rand / Type
Type9500 Storm
Form factorCandybar
Phone NetworkEDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSDPA (3G), HSUPA, UMTS (3G)
Service800, 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
Fax / DataN/A
Main displayColor TFT touchscreen
Color display65000 colors
Dimensions3.3 in.
Resolution480×360 pixels
External displayYes
Internal memory1GB
External memory8GB
Memory slotsYes
Storage typesMicroSD, MicroSDHC
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAhr battery
Standby time528 hours
Talk timeN/A
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDYes
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone
Megapixels3.15 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution2048x1536 pixels
Digital zoom2.5x
Optical zoomNo
Auto focusYes
Recording videoYes
Second (front) cameraNo
T9 text functionYes
Internet browsingYes
FM radioYes
Audio playerAAC, MP3, WMA
Video player3GP, DivX, WMV, xVID
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserAlarm, Calendar, Calculator, DataViz document viewer/editor, Notes, Organizer, To-do list, Voice memo
Video callNo
Other featuresBuilt-in handsfree, BlackBerry maps, Built-in GPS, A-GPS, IM
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.4x2.5x0.5 in.

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