Think RIM’s latest phone can kick up a storm? Think again. A quick search on the internet revealed several shortcomings and unhappy customers.
Some might argue that with Verizon's data network, you won't need WiFi. But however tight Verizon's coverage is, there are still spots where network is slow and there is this WiFi hotspot available but yet you can't use it. Definitely a disadvantage.
Slower than Bold
The user interface on the Storm is a wee bit slower than its predecessor, BlackBerry Bold. By no means a dealbreaker, but if you come from Bold, it's a downgrade.
The Touchscreen QWERTY is Crap
Real QWERTY keys with tactile feedback are still the king when it comes to input speed. Storm is expected to be slow in this department, but they could at least include an intelligent predictive software much like iPhone's, which makes touchscreen QWERTY way easier to type. As Engadget wrote:
"Rather than the click making things easier, it actually makes them more difficult. As you press down to engage a "key," you're required to release before moving to another, which means that you can only type so quickly. In our tests, we were constantly frustrated by the staggering, laggy movement when trying to type with any speed. You have to let the click depress before you can strike another character, and that makes for a stuttery input process. Additionally, hovering over characters is represented by a blue glow, which looks nice when moving around, but in practice doesn't do a very good job of letting you know what key you're touching. We had spelling errors aplenty."
Browser Behind Safari
It is an unspoken fact that the Storm competes directly with iPhone. And when it comes to websurfing, Storm's browser is definitely still behind iPhone's Safari. Although the good news is that it's way better than Bold's pretty-much-unusable browser.
And Many Other Random Problems...
Constant lock-ups, screen flip slow to respond, video lock-up if you try to stop a video mid-play, Motorola bluetooth sync issues, random audio loss on phone calls, randomly colored pixels on half the screen when activating the camera, phone randomly reboots, are but some of the complaints from existing users. Definitely fixable via a software update, but the big question is when?
If you like BlackBerry or the "clickable" touchscreen, the Storm is a worthy upgrade from its predecessors. Otherwise, you might be better off looking elsewhere.