“It seemed like a neat idea when Research in Motion announced it in October: the first smartphone with a clickable touchscreen. I even enjoyed the few minutes I spent playing with a prerelease version of the BlackBerry Storm, which goes on sale Nov. 21 for $200,” Anita Hamilton reports for TIME Magazine. “But after 24 hours of actually testing the new BlackBerry side by side with its main competition — Apple’s iPhone 3G and T-Mobile’s G1 (the ‘Google phone’) — the novelty quickly wore off.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iPhone has no real competition. There is iPhone and then a slew of iPhone lookalikes-not-workalikes.

Hamilton continues, “I hate the click screen, and none of the handful of people I let try it had anything nice to say about it either… The trouble with having to push down on the entire 3.2-inch screen every time you type a letter or confirm a menu choice is that it slows you down… What’s more, the screen jiggles in the phone’s casing when you press on it, which makes it feel cheap.”

Hamilton reports, “If, like many Americans, you’re planning to scrimp your way through the holidays, the Storm isn’t worth busting your budget for… This is one storm you’ll want to steer clear of this winter.”

Full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "MacVicta" for the heads up.]