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.