Blackberrys innovative touchscreen

RIM has finally decided to cast away their QWERTY keyboard origins that their phones had been named after, and replace it with a touchscreen version for the Blackberry Storm.

Engadget has posted a review of the new Blackberry Storm that introduces this new innovative touchscreen. The screen is not only capacitive (multi-touch) like the iPhone, but also offers the ability to push in to the screen and create a 'click' action. This technology called SurePress and allows a user to hover over an item before performing a decisive click.

A common problem with touchscreen smart phones was compatibility with existing web pages that use hover events to provide feedback. Up until now, such a smart phone would never see the on hover event, instead creating a 'click' action.

Sadly, it appears that the Storm's Blackberry OS 4.7 is only a small upgrade over Blackberry OS 4.6 to provide touch and multi-touch functionality. This may hinder RIM's chances of competing against the iPhone's touch-centric OS. The review mentions several problems that arise because of touch being an afterthought in the OS.

The review goes on to praise Blackberry's industrial design, stating it is perhaps better built than any of their previous offerings. In competing with the iPhone, the Blackberry shuns proprietary connectors instead opting for a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a micro USB port.

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Just remember alongside this there's the RIM bold for people who still want the physical keyboard as such.

as for quality, not even apples touch screen is perfect and responsive. so it's really just as all would assume with touch technology at the moment.

On a side note does anyone know compatible these are with macs/os x at all when it comes to software/syncing or anything ?

I'm old school. Grew up on the old Palm interface...graffiti. My current phone, HTC Touch Pro, which has both a hardware keyboard & touch screen. I use an indestructible screen protector, and I'm faster using graffiti than I am trying to use a keyboard, for SMS messages. On long emails, I'll sometimes use the keyboard.

naap51stang said,
I'm old school. Grew up on the old Palm interface...graffiti. My current phone, HTC Touch Pro, which has both a hardware keyboard & touch screen. I use an indestructible screen protector, and I'm faster using graffiti than I am trying to use a keyboard, for SMS messages. On long emails, I'll sometimes use the keyboard.

I have the Touch Pro too, but I have problems as do many others with the chrome paint coming off the phone. I have already had the phone replaced and its in Sprints info already to replace phones with chrome chipping on the spot.

That is the reason I do not install screen protectors or the like, because these phones cant be repaired for us, just swapped with another.

the touchscreen has low sensitivity and now way to adjust it , the SurePress sometimes fails ..., and the technology is like the Iphone wich means you cant use a stylus if you wanted too ..only your fingers.. the menu is in such way made that only a person with very small thumbs could operate it ....

There are capacitive-friendly stylus. I know a friend who bought an ordinary stylus for their iPhone and was ****ed that it didn't work. Heh. Don't fret because they do exist though.

That sucks about the sensitivity, though I'm sure it could be improved through a firmware update somewhere down the track? Also, SurePress not so Sure?

Makes this product sound like it's a fail already.

Sacha said,
There are capacitive-friendly stylus. I know a friend who bought an ordinary stylus for their iPhone and was ****ed that it didn't work. Heh. Don't fret because they do exist though.

That sucks about the sensitivity, though I'm sure it could be improved through a firmware update somewhere down the track? Also, SurePress not so Sure?

Makes this product sound like it's a fail already.

Styluses (is that how your write the plural?) won't work because the iPhone's touchscreen is sensitive to heat (from your finger), not pressure.

And tbh, styluses are antiquated when it comes to these kinds of devices.

LTD said,
Styluses (is that how your write the plural?) won't work because the iPhone's touchscreen is sensitive to heat (from your finger), not pressure.

And tbh, styluses are antiquated when it comes to these kinds of devices.

Thats not true, it doesn't detect heat at all, it detects conductivity. A conductive stylus would work fine:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1324

i can only tell you one thing ......the touch screen is utter crap .... it is without a doubt the worst full touch phone off all the new full-touch series ( iphone , omnia, htc...)