BlackBerry's New Storm Will Capsize iPhone, Google's G-1

Smartphone has solid biz base, adds apps
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2008 3:15 PM CDT
The Storm's touch screen is rumored to be flexible enough to depress when a "key" is pushed.   (PRNewsFoto/Verizon Wireless)
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(Newser) – The low-profile BlackBerry's Storm is poised to be silent killer to Apple's iPhone and Google's G-1 when it goes on sale next month. GigaOm's Jim Courtney explains why:

  • Storm cleverly runs on 3G carriers like Verizon, whose 70 million customers can't use iPhone.
  • The advanced touch screen and keyboard are amped up with many entry options and quick access to tricky characters like "é."

  • Stubborn IT guys that won't help iPhone users already support BlackBerry.
  • BlackBerry boasts over 4,000 compatible programs—40 times more than the G-1's open-source platform.
  • General-purpose apps, like TV on SlingPlayer and video recording on Qik, are cropping up for BlackBerry.
  • Storm keeps apps running in the background, unlike the iPhone, which shuts them when you click away.