“There are a lot of storms swirling around Washington these days but only one that’s dragging down Democrats and Republicans alike. It’s the one made by Research in Motion,” Daniel Libit reports for Politico.
“The BlackBerry Storm — the first BlackBerry without a physical keyboard — was supposed to be RIM’s sleek answer to Apple’s iPhone. But for members and staffers accustomed to thumbing their way through the day, this isn’t just the imperfect Storm,” Libit reports. “It’s the devil in 5.5 ounces.”
Libit reports, “”It’s not easy to send e-mails on that thing. It is not a good touch screen, and it’s not like the iPhone, where there are so many other great features to it,’ said Rodell Mollineau, communications staff director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).”
Libit reports, “Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the House chief administrative officer, said many Hill customers have returned the Storm after trying it. While his office tries to remain an impartial broker of technology, Ventura offered a measured — but unmistakable — CAO beat-down: ‘The Storm device is not ideal for certain users and has presented some valid functional challenges.'”
“Brian Walsh, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said a number of NRSC staffers gave the BlackBerry Storm a shot, but only one or two have stuck with it.,” Libit reports. “Walsh bailed out quickly.”
Full article here.