BlackBerry Storm Mobile Smart Phone Thunders into Market

Let the holiday season smart phone wars begin. Research In Motion introduced Oct. 8 its BlackBerry Storm—with its new tactile touch-screen—that will be exclusively available on Verizon Wireless in the United States in a matter of weeks. Both RIM and Verizon Wireless are expecting the Storm to seriously challenge Apple's 3G iPhone as the hottest electronic device under this year's Christmas tree.

With a look similar to Apple's iPhone, the Storm comes with a 3.2-inch screen, preloaded with Facebook, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. The device features built-in GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, video recording capability, a media player and a removable battery. Additional applications will be available through a BlackBerry app store. The device is expected to sell for approximately the same price as an iPhone.

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looks like a pretty sweet thing, but i agree, it will only be good for a short time before they have to come out with another one

Nokia Takes On Apple's iTunes and iPhone

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's top mobile phone maker, will launch its free music package on Thursday, issuing a challenge to Apple's dominance of the digital music market.

Nokia is expected to unveil more details of its "Comes with Music" package at an analyst and media event in London. The Finnish firm will also launch its first touch-screen phone, to rival Apple's popular iPhone, sources have told Reuters.

"Comes with Music" and similar products from other hardware vendors could help the music industry make up for falling CD sales and cut illegal downloads.

The battle for mobile music is increasingly crowded, with Sony Ericsson launching its music package this month in Sweden, while South Korea's LG Electronics plans a service similar to Nokia's.

Nokia's package will differ from others on the market as users can keep all the music they have downloaded during a 12-month subscription period. There are no charges for tracks downloaded, since the cost is bundled to the phone price.

"'Comes with Music' could potentially bring free music to millions of consumers, radically changing the music industry, and offering a significant threat to Apple's dominance," Strategy Analytics' David MacQueen said in a research report.

"In a market where price and selection are so much more important than brand to consumers, Apple cannot count on retaining users when competing with an offering which seems free to the end user."

Nokia stock was 1.1 percent softer at 12.97 euros ahead of the expected news versus a 0.34 percent firmer sector index. The stock has more than halved in 2008 on industry growth worries and Nokia's third-quarter market share warning in September.

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hmmm.. this is a very interesting turn of events.. whats sad on Blackberry's point is, they have to come up with several versions of their phone just to compete with the apple iphone. Its extraordinary what Apple has been able to accomplish with just one device. But this can also be to RIMs advantage as consumers are able to differentiate themselves from one another. The only way people differentiate themselves from the iphone right now is that application for $999. - lol.

All in all, i wonder how user friendly this new RIM blackberry is compared to the iPhone. by far, no phone has yet come close to the browsing capabilities of the iPhone. To add to that, the amount of applications, the hardware itself is designed with alot of thought going into it. It'll be interesting if Apple actually enters the mobile gaming market and dominate it. Definitely a chance, as I doubt you would ever find players like EA and Blizzard making games for blackberry or HTC.

Anyway, getting back to the Phone market. I feel the game play right now is really between HTC, Apple and RIM. No one else comes close. Im sorry but Nokia and Sony Ericsson have lost out on this run somewhere down the line

sigh if only the HTC Touch HD could join the party and blow the floor from under them it has real potential but HTC is really dragging it's ass with it

The device features built-in GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, video recording capability, a media player and a removable battery. [Storm] has a multi-touch interface that uses haptics

Also copy and paste like you said, Microsoft Office (not third party), solid back not weak shiny plastic that gets smudges and scratches (it is a big deal), video calls, MMS, expandable storage via microsdhc, standard connector via usb that allows powering/charging (not proprietary connector), 15 days of standby time compared to up to 3 days on iphone, bluetooth support for computer, car, headphones, other phones, data, internet, every other bluetooth device in existance not just for headsets like the iphone. I could go on.

You know, standard features that most phones have. Most phones are lightyears ahead of the iphone? All the iphone is good for is texting and browsing. Even calling is rough on it with poor quality voice and poor battery life.

(LTD said @ #3.2)
All the iphone is good for is texting and browsing.


Until you actually use one.

I have used one. It's pretty hard not to, the marketing has every man and his dog buying one. Also, I believe I was quite fair in listing features it didn't have. I didn't list programs that aren't shipped with it that can be replaced by a superior third-party application (i.e. not Office).

The difference is that I haven't bought one. I didn't get sucked in to the marketing. Thus, I am not expressing the level of cognitive dissidence that such people usually have from wasting over $1000 in cash that I feel the need to support my purchase and make myself feel better.

I quite like this. However, the iPhone is world wide. I just watched a YouTube video on the Storm and it's "designed to work in 192 countries" but then he says "and it's sold exclusively on one network in the U.S."..ehm. No. It's even portrayed as "the best part yet...it'll be available on just one network."

(Sam Symons Live said @ #1)
I quite like this. However, the iPhone is world wide. I just watched a YouTube video on the Storm and it's "designed to work in 192 countries" but then he says "and it's sold exclusively on one network in the U.S."..ehm. No. It's even portrayed as "the best part yet...it'll be available on just one network."

Well, like most Blackberry phones it will probably only be exclusive for a certain amount of time. Just like the 8830 and a few other phones, too. I haven't looked into it, but it's probably the case.

(trag3dy said @ #1.1)

Well, like most Blackberry phones it will probably only be exclusive for a certain amount of time. Just like the 8830 and a few other phones, too. I haven't looked into it, but it's probably the case.


Ah, well, in that case, it's fine I've never been up to date on Blackberry phones, heh.