As I’ve written before, I’m a great Blackberry fan but like many lovers of the ’email on the move’ device I was less than impressed with what I saw of the Blackberry Storm.
Admittedly my experiences were limited to playing around with friends phones but I was deeply unimpressed with the build quality and the touchscreen experience left a lot to be desired.
Reviews for the Storm weren’t exactly complimentary and a quick visit to user forums quickly revealed many unhappy users (though I accept and even advocate the truism that few delighted customers take time to post).
Blackberry makers RIM recetnly announced a second attempt to create an iPhone rival with the revamped Storm 2 but it seems several reviewers, such as those cited in this cellcompare.net roundup, remain unimpressed.
Personally I’m a ‘horses for courses’ guy and the way I see it you either want an enterprise-level email device in which a Blackberry – or at least a Blackberry clone – is the obvious choice or you want a consumer level boutique phone which will wow your friends in which case the answer is an iPhone or possibly even the HTC Hero.
What I don’t understand is why a respected, groundbreaking manufacturer such as RIM would decide to play ‘me too’ with a handset designed for just about anybody but RIMs high level corporate users.
Hopefully with more territories and markets having multiple iPhone offering carriers this trend for iPhone-a-like handsets will start coming to an end and companies such as RIM will revert to releasing truly groundbreaking phones with original features rather than playing catchup with Apple’s offering.