One of the most remarkable aspects of this new Blackberry Storm 2 will be the absence of the old “physically moving” screen. Whereas the producers of the Blackberry’s first version chose to design a realistic touchscreen, involving real-life resistance to create a ‘real’ button, they now opted for an innovative new button which via an advanced software technology displays the user’s choice on the screen.
Although the button change, RIM did stick to the reliable SurePress technique, making it necessary to press a button twice before it actually registers a person’s choice. So one touch to activate the button and another one to actively enter a button’s selection. Even though after the first Blackberry Storm release several consumer reviews indicated the SurePress feature as one of the most annoying Blackberry characteristics, RIM remains faithful to its first choice and states that the disadvantages count for little to the clear advantages of this technology.
The size and resolution of the Storm 2 screen remain unaltered, still providing a 3,25 inch screen with a corresponding 480 x 320 pixel resolution.
The Blackberry Storm 2 in short
This phone has been given considerable thought before being brought on the market. Minor changes having a major impact, give the phone this little bit more standing in comparison to his predecessor and his current competitors. Although not being equipped with new revolutionary technology, except for WiFi, the Storm 2 has improved some of its vital features making the phone a real thingummy. And by preserving its standard but reliable features this Blackberry will also remain your ideal business partner! The Blackberry Storm 2 is what the Storm 1 should have been, a masterly example of reliable innovation with a user-friendly wink. RIM has not chosen for a risky revolution but for a talked-about evolution!
The Blackberry Storm 2, the latest attempt by the smart phone manufacturer to crack the touch-screen market, will go on sale this month through Vodafone.
The Blackberry Storm 2 is the updated version of the Storm 1, released a year ago to much criticism, with users claiming the device had a short battery life, small memory, lack of Wi-Fi and a "clackety clack" touch-screen that you had to physically press down, rather than just touch.
It is being released in time to compete against Apple's iPhone, which is expected to enjoy strong sales this Christmas thanks to Orange and other network providers offering the popular handset. Blackberry also hopes to win over customers tempted by the Palm Pre, on sale later this week.
The Blackberry Storm 2 will go on sale in the last ten days of October and promises to sort out all of the problems that made the Storm 1 so unpopular with gadget fans, including the actor and blogger Stephen Fry, who called it "embarrassingly awful" in a Twitter posting.
The handset will be available for free to users on the Vodafone network, as long as they are prepared to be tied into a £35-a-month contract for two years.
The handset is Wi-Fi enabled, has a battery that can fuel five hours of talk time and has two gigabytes of memory built in, compared to one gigabyte on the previous model.
It includes a 3.2 megapixel camera with a x2 zoom and weighs a substantial 160g (5.6 ounces), nearly 20 per cent heavier than an iPhone.
The major upgrade is the 3.25 inch touch-screen. Research in Motion, Blackberry's parent company, calls the technology behind the screen SurePress. The Storm 1 had a mechanical device, whereby every time the user touched a virtual button the entire screen was pushed down, before clicking back into place.
The Storm 2 instead uses an electronic pulse. The users feels the whole screen has clicked, when in fact the click sensation is created by an electromagnetic pulse. The screen is depressed by just 0.07mm.
Rob Orr, head of products for Research in Motion in Britain, said: "We listened to our customers. They gave us lots of feedback and we have refined the software and enhanced the SurePress technology."
The company hopes that new handset will help it win yet more younger, casual users, rather than its traditional business base. It calculates that as many as eight in ten of all new customers are now consumers, rather than businessmen.