“With the BlackBerry Storm, Research in Motion Ltd.’s first-ever, touch-screen device, set to hit stores on Friday, Nov. 21, there are bound to be a lot of comparisons with the Apple iPhone as the two touch-screen titans battle it out for smartphone dominance. Both handsets carry the same price: About $200 with a two-year contract. And each operates on its respective carriers’ high-speed 3G network — the Storm on Verizon Wireless and the iPhone on AT&T,” Andrew R Hickey writes for CRN.
MacDailyNews Take: Since when is RIM is a “touch-screen titan?”
“But when it comes right down to it, the BlackBerry Storm will be the superior mobile device and represents a true iPhone killer,” Hickey bloviates; presumably with a straight face.
Hickey gives five so-called reasons why the BlackBerry Storm is “a true iPhone killer:”
1. It has a better camera.
MacDailyNews Take: Yawn. If you care anything at all about photography, you use a real camera, not a phone. For quick shots, iPhone is fine and is in no danger of being “killed” off by phones with marginally or even markedly better cameras. Strike one.
2. BlackBerry set the gold standard for corporate e-mail.
MacDailyNews Take: Puleeze. iPhone can and does send corporate email all day long. Yes, even with Exchange support. This is not a reason why iPhone will be “killed.” Strike two.
3. BlackBerry offers easy access to view and edit corporate documents.
MacDailyNews Take: Another yawn. As Hickey himself admits, iPhone offers document viewing out of the box and there are very inexpensive downloads available that will enable editing of docs. iPhone murder charge averted for RIM and strike three for Hickey.
4. The Storm’s touch screen is “clickable.”
MacDailyNews Take: Big whoop. Minor “feature” that, again, simply does not have the capacity to “kill” iPhone. Strike four.
5. BlackBerry is launching its own take on the App Store.
MacDailyNews Take: LOL. We can give you several thousand reasons (apps) along with several hundred million reasons (app downloads) why this is strike five for Hickey (and he was “out” after three).
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Patrick T" for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Our headline explains clearly why RIM’s BlackBerry Storm is not an “iPhone killer” any more than umpteen thousands of now-defunct “iPod killers” were before it.
Apple leads. The also-rans follow. Without the iPhone the BlackBerry Storm (and numerous other fake iPhones from other vendors) simply would not exist.