RIM's newest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Storm2, launched this week in the United States on Verizon Wireless. CIO.com's Al Sacco rounds up the key news, analysis, unboxing and device images, and pre-release rumors that proved to be (mostly) true.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
After months of device-leaks, “pre-reviews” and all-around speculation, BlackBerry-maker RIM last week decided to finally take the wraps off its worst-kept secret of the year, the BlackBerry Storm2 9520/9550. Shortly thereafter, U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless announced that it would start selling the new device this week.
The Storm2 fills in some of the gaps that plagued owners of RIM’s original BlackBerry Storm 9500/9530. Most notably the Storm2 has new and improved SurePress” touch-screen technology with “multi-touch,” which “clicks” to provide tactile feedback and make for easier typing. Also, the new smartphone has Wi-Fi–a first for a Verizon BlackBerry.
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has finally acknowledged the latest addition to its smartphone lineup, the touch-screen BlackBerry Storm2 9500. Wireless carrier T-Mobile Germany also listed the as-of-yet unannounced BlackBerry Bold 9700 online, officially confirming its existence.
When the BlackBerry Storm debuted last fall, RIM’s first touch-screen device received not-so-stellar reviews. RIM took reviewers’ and customers’ gripes into consideration, however, when designing the BlackBerry Storm 2 ($200 with a two-year contract from Verizon; price as of 10/14/09). The result? This is the Storm that I wish RIM had released last year–the device’s build, the on-screen keyboard, and the software are miles beyond the first generation. Even so, pressing to type still takes some getting used to.
Verizon Wireless has officially announced the successor to RIM’s popular BlackBerry Storm smartphone, the Storm2 9550. The touch-screen based device has received a number of hardware and software enhancements.
Verizon Wireless’s new BlackBerry Storm2 9550 smartphone won’t be available in the United States until later this week, but CIO.com’s Al Sacco already got his thumbs on the device–and its packaging. Here’s a look at what new BlackBerry Storm2 owners on Verizon can expect to find after opening up their new “toys.”
RIM’s recently-announced BlackBerry Storm2 packs a number of new features and enhancements not found in the original touch-screen BlackBerry Storm. Here’s a quick list from the BlackBerry-maker that details many of the changes.
RIM BlackBerry Storm2 Pre-Release Rumors and Speculation
You know that funky touch-screen BlackBerry that all the kids are gab-gabbin’ on and on about? Yeah, the BlackBerry 9530. Well, it looks as though Research In Motion (RIM) and Verizon Wireless, the exclusive Storm provider in the United States, may launch a new and improved version of the popular device to address two long-standing user-complaints: the Storm’s lack of Wi-Fi and its less-than-perfect SurePress display and virtual keyboard.
Not one week after the first images of Research In Motion’s (RIM) unannounced Onyx 96xx, a.k.a. Driftwood, smartphone hit the Web, a handful of pics of RIM’s much anticipated BlackBerry Storm successor, currently dubbed “Storm 2,” have surfaced…and RIM’s pre-release-handheld leak-fest rolls on.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.