11 September 2008
Although there has been some debate about what the new BlackBerry device will be called (some people are calling it Thunder), this new leaked image of the box the "Storm" will apparently be shipped in tells otherwise. I think it is quite probable that Verizon will name the device "Blackberry Storm".
From this box image the device does look aesthetically stunning, however this is not necessarily what the end product will look like. Styling is very important in the cell phone world, and it is not just the physical look of the phone which wins its users over. One of the reasons I love the iPhone so much is its user interface. The slick icons on the black background give the device an aura of modern beauty, and I think generally make the use of the product a more enjoyable experience.
Only time will tell if the BlackBerry Storm will live up to the iPhone's unique styling and innovative interface, and without any technical data there doesn't seem much point in trying to compare it. The Storm may or may not be better then the iPhone, but without a doubt it will revolutionise the BlackBerry product line and I think unless Apple are planning to release a similar new device around the same time, new users who are looking to buy a PDA may turn to the Storm as the latest and greatest super phone.