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Why the BlackBerry Storm is no iPhone killer

In Technology on November 21, 2008 at 8:20 am

BlackBerry Storm Verizon The BlackBerry Storm is here at last. But why is it not the iPhone killer as Verizon, Vodafone and Research In Motion tout it to be?

Find out by going to the link below.



Just recently, the Apple iPhone became the top selling handset in U.S. It overtook the iconic Motorola Razr, which has held title for the past 3 years. It’s been almost 2 years ago since Steve jobs announced the iPhone in his Macworld 2007 keynote. More than 11 million iPhones have been sold worldwide since and there seems no sign of its popularity slowing down.

Many so-called “iPhone killers”, including the Samsung Instinct, BlackBerry Bold, HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Google G1 have been released since the iPhone’s debut, but none have won the mind and heart of the consumer like the iPhone has. In fact, even if we combined the number of these “iPhone killers” sold, it’s still way short of total iPhone’s sold. So what is still attributing to Apple’s success besides the Apple logo? Why can’t the BlackBerry Storm eclipse it?

From a design perspective, the iPhone wins not just in its simple, straight forward face but also in its dimensions. The iPhone 3G is thinner and even more tapered at the sides compared to its predecessor. Not only is it slimmer by over 20%, but it is also narrower than the BlackBerry Bold, making it easier to hold as a phone. Compared to the new HTC Google G1, the iPhone’s shorter, even thinner and weighs much less. Of the competition, only the HTC Touch Diamond and Samsung Instinct have similar pocketable dimensions. For the HTC Touch Diamond, the smaller dimension also comes at a cost, with only 2.8 inches screen – much smaller versus the spacious 3.5 inches one on the iPhone.

Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research In Motion, said the BlackBerry Storm has been in development for a number of years. However, even with 6 extra months, launching later than the iPhone 3G, Research in Motion still hasn’t been able to develop a a device as pocketable as the iPhone 3G. In fact, Research In Motion’s latest offering is still thicker by 7 millimeters and weighs 22 grams more.

Personal style preferences aside, it is hard to ignore Apple’s philosophy for simple, sleek designs. The dominant widescreen multi-touch display with a single hardware button (for taking you back to the home screen), as styled by Jonathan Ive, ignited a revolution among manufacturers to rethink their handset designs. Ever since the original iPhone announcement, many manufacturers including Samsung have launched touch-screen phones with much less buttons on the front instead of a whole plethora of them.

BlackBerry Storm 2 One of first few things most people will notice on an iPhone, is the bright, vivid glass touch-screen. At first glance, the BlackBerry Storm is no slouch with a bright touch-screen of its own, with 480 by 360 pixels. Unfortunately, screen resolution isn’t the only thing that matters on a screen. The BlackBerry Storm is only capable of displaying up to 65,536 colors, much short of the iPhone’s 262,144 colors. This might sound unimportant initially, but you’ll notice a stark difference in contrast of colors and their gradient when browsing the web (like ESPN sports photos, CNN, BBC) and the high quality photos or videos imported from your PC.

Speaking of browsing, the iPhone Safari browser has no doubt revolutionize how we view the web on the go, with its silky multi-touch navigation. While the BlackBerry Storm has improved upon the BlackBerry Bold in terms of navigation, it still suffers in rendering and display speed. It’s better than the BlackBerry Bold, but still not in the same league as the iPhone. A lot of the times, you’ll see “loading script” as the BlackBerry Storm tries to chug its way through Javascript painfully. Perhaps a little too often, the BlackBerry Storm seems incapable of rendering web pages exactly like on a PC monitor. Had Research In Motion used WebKit to power their browser instead of using their own in-house rendering system, these issues might have been solved. Also note that BlackBerry browser by default, only downloads medium compressed quality images into its browser. The iPhone on the other hand, downloads full undown-sampled images directly. What you see is really what you get. The BlackBerry Storm has no advance tabbed browsing like on the iPhone. There’s also noticeable font smoothing, for easier viewing, on the iPhone Safari browser as well.

Sure Steve Jobs might have exaggerated when he said the iPhone is at least 5 years ahead of any other phone, but the iPhone Safari browser, even at its original 1.0.1 software state, was definitely 2 years ahead of its competition (now).

Rendering problems on the BlackBerry Storm extend beyond the browser into the e-mail messages too. In short, the so-called HTML e-mail on BlackBerry Storm looks half-baked, when compared to the full HTML version on the iPhone. The problem comes from the fact that Research In Motion strips all background, fonts, tables, spacing… etc. and then pulls what’s left of your message together in a single column view. BlackBerry Storm also requires you to go through the menu and click “get images” before you can see any image right in your messages. This applies to any e-mail you receive from a recipient whom you might not done “get image” before. A real hassle if you ask me.

For businesses, both BlackBerry Storm and iPhone can synchronize with Microsoft Exchange Server. But for consumers, Research In Motion offers no mean to update your contact and calendar wirelessly. You can argue that this is not a vital thing for average Joe’s, but having a wireless synchronization solution makes updating personal data simple. For the BlackBerry Storm, a possible solution to this is Google Sync. But not everybody uses Google Calendars or Gmail for contacts. Worst, Google Sync also suffers issues of its own. One of the biggest issues is that Google Sync transfers all the “suggested contacts”, even when you’ve set it to not add into your personal contact list. Yes, those unwanted contacts you’ve accquired from Ebay, Craigstlist… etc. will still show up on your BlackBerry Storm, whether you like it or not, thanks to Google Sync. Google Sync features are fairly limited and its reliability is very questionable. Apple hit some serious road bumps when it launched MobileMe. It’s been almost 6 months since and Apple has improved the reliability a great deal. With MobileMe and iPhone set up, it’s easy to update your address book and calendar wirelessly. MobileMe brings push e-mail, so any new e-mails will show on your iPhone instantly.

Apple iPhone 3G Since both handsets are touted as all-in-one devices, media capabilities are very important.

The BlackBerry Storm adds a slightly updated look to the BlackBerry media player from BlackBerry Bold, but feature wise – it’s the same. The interface for navigating around your music, videos and photos is very basic. Better than all previous BlackBerry’s, but still only got mediocre media functions and basic media management. For example, it takes a whole series of button presses just to set your playlist to repeat. If you want to set your own playlist on the go, it literally becomes a nightmare. There is no way to sort by podcasts, composer, audiobooks, compilations. There’s no cover flow or song rating system either.

The iPhone 3G boasts a storage of either 8GB or 16GB, while the BlackBerry Storm only has 1GB built in. Sure the iPhone does not have a removable memory slot, but how often are you going to fiddle around with the MicroSD cards, when you’ve got 8GB or 16GB on board already? Also note the largest MicroSD card is 8GB, as of this date of writing.

For consumers, getting all the data onto your BlackBerry Storm, requires Microsoft Outlook Express, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, Roxio Mobile Media Manager, iTunes and BlackBerry Media Sync. You need all of them if you want to get your calendar, contacts, photos, music and videos onto your device. On the iPhone, iTunes easily handles everything once Outlook has been set up. On a Mac, it’s even simpler. Key is – manufacturers have to realize that seamless integration between the desktop and the iPhone is an important part of Apple’s winning formula. There’s a user experience beyond the phone to consider too.

There’s no Wi-Fi on the BlackBerry Storm. So if you want to use surf the web (or download) at faster than 3G speed, at home or at your local coffee shop, that’s not possible. Verizon deliberately removed the Wi-Fi, so that you would have to use their mandatory monthly data plan, with minimum of $30 add on to your existing voice plan. Verizon’s explanation was – you don’t need Wi-Fi when you’ve got a good wireless network. Most users including myself disagree. Wi-Fi hotspots are so common these days. In fact, many of them are free. So, it’s easy to use them to save yourself from those nasty wireless data overage charges, yet surf the web at faster speed. With the iPhone, it is possible access your e-mail inbox and browse the internet, even if you don’t get the data plan from AT&T, simply through Wi-Fi.

One of the subtle things I noticed on the BlackBerry Storm was the lag in the software. From simple things like rotating the screen to more intensive activities like scroll through a complex webpage like full PC version of ESPN, Amazon or New York Times front page. Not smooth at all. To tackle some of the slowness, Research In Motion decided to add transitions like fades and side swipes to hide them. But the lack of graphics acceleration in the BlackBerry Storm for use with these animations only seemed to add to the problem. In fact, the lags are even more apparent when you put the BlackBerry Bold next to it. Part of this might have been due to memory leaks and rushed software release, but either way the developers at Research In Motion should have tweaked the BlackBerry Storm better before the release. Especially if they are trying to launch an iPhone killer. If you want to multi-task (especially with a complex webpage like New York Times, Amazon, ESPN… etc. running in the background), you better get use to seeing the spinning hour clock icon.

 BlackBerry StormUser interface wise, the BlackBerry Storm has come a long way. It’s much more modern looking and some of the things like setting the BlackBerry Storm as an alarm clock, are no longer a chore. It is without a doubt, not as fancy as the iPhone interface, but improved upon the BlackBerry Bold’s 4.6 operating system. You can tell the folks at Research In Motion spent a little time to make it nicer than the BlackBerry Bold operating system. Not enough though. The whole user interface isn’t unified at all. What you see is merely a skin. Once you dig a little deeper, you basically revert back to the old BlackBerry menu navigational system, scrolling through a list of text options… etc..

The main feature of BlackBerry Storm is the SurePress clickable touch-screen keyboard. You can choose either SureType (2 letters per key) in portrait mode or full size in landscape mode. The idea behind SurePress was to combine the best of both worlds – touch-screen’s ease to change according to the application user interface and hardware button feel. It’s cool, especially when pressing through bigger buttons, like dialing the phone keypad. Typing on the full QWERTY keyboard is a whole different story though. SureType is actually a hindrance, if you ask me. The BlackBerry Storm doesn’t use an advance dictionary to predict and smartly auto correct word-by-word what you just typed instantly, so it really slows everything down. Typing each letter is essentially an exhausting 4 steps process because of SurePress. First you target the letter. Then, you touch the screen. Third, you have make sure the screen “clicks” and the highlighted selection is still the same then, so that it acknowledges your key press correctly. Lastly, you look again to make sure what you typed was really correct. Laborious, isn’t it? On the iPhone, all you have to do is touch the letters at their approximate location, at the bottom of the screen and the dictionary would do most of the hard work. In fact, typing on the BlackBerry Storm is way slower than what you would expect, compared to iPhone, let alone comparing against a real keyboard like BlackBerry Bold. *Note – I can type fairly fast on both iPhone and BlackBerry Bold. On the iPhone, I tend to rely on the dictionary for help. While on the BlackBerry Bold, I rely on “feeling” the keys. On both, I can almost type short messages without even looking at the keyboard.

So where does that leave us? Well, if you absolutely want the best all-in-one device on the market right now, get the iPhone 3G. It’s got the best web browsing, media (photo/music/video & YouTube) experience and their e-mail solution is solid. If you want the best BlackBerry possible, pass on both BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Storm and wait for the next one. Both are relatively raw as of this moment. It’s better to wait for the next revision when Research In Motion’s devoted more time into polishing their software. Don’t get me wrong, Research In Motion has done the best job so far of coming up with a true iPhone contender. But it’s definitely no iPhone killer, until they’ve addressed all the mentioned issues.

If you are just looking to get e-mail capabilities on the go and not sure if you can justify the monthly costs of these data-intensive smartphones, then I highly suggest you to take a look at the Peek. It just topped the Time Gadget of the Year 2008 polls and also named the Wired Gadget of the Year. Oprah recommended it in her magazine as well. It’s a pretty simple, easy to use e-mail messaging device and affordable ($80 device + $20 flat with zero contracts and no hidden charges like system access fees). You get both unlimited e-mails and text messages on it.

Got something to say? Comment below! I’ll do my best to reply to everyone.

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  3. Great post, I played around with one last weekend and its barely a patch on previous blackberry’s let alone the iphone, the touch screen just hasn’t been executed right….

  4. It doesn’t really matter how better the iPhone is… RIM will maintain its market share by offering existing Blackberry users an iPhone-like experience without significantly changing anything they’re doing now… and enterprises already on Blackberry will offer RIM as a device upgrade for users demanding an iPhone instead of buckle to the pressure to go Apple…

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  7. great write up…. my biggest issue is honestly the fact that the storm won’t do wi-fi… however, it’s the best that Verizon has to offer and my same plan on at&south-gular would be about $60 more a month… not worth it to me no matter how awesome the iphone is…
    I also looked at the Google Anaroid that tMobile has… but the costs/benefits were similar.

  8. Great post. But, what people fail to realize is that the storm has just been released. And the goodies that it has for being a first generation phone are very good. Camera with flash, video recording, copy and paste and other features are going to make the storm a great phone to improve on. Wait for the second update.

  9. The copy and paste feature on the BlackBerry Storm is a little clunky. RIM could definitely make it better in the future. Copy and paste is one of the things I really want to see on the iPhone as soon as possible.

    The BlackBerry Storm’s 3.2 megapixels camera with LED flash is not bad in photo sharpness. But all I photos I got looked like there was a neutral density filter placed in front of the lens. Autofocus is very slow. Sometimes when shooting indoor, where light is less optimal, it can take up to 5 seconds just to auto-focus. If you just press the camera shutter button completely (a hard deep press), then autofocus is skipped and you get an out-of-focus image.

    Hope this helps!

    admiral H

  10. Basically, iPhone rules all and that’s all there really is to it.

    “Great post. But, what people fail to realize is that the storm has just been released. And the goodies that it has for being a first generation phone are very good. Camera with flash, video recording, copy and paste and other features are going to make the storm a great phone to improve on. Wait for the second update.”

    Yeah, well you just wait for what Apple comes out with by that time, bud.

    I see a bright future, where Apple owns all. Where we no longer struggle with PC vs. Apple: the age-old dilemma. Imagine that world… Now laugh because I’m kidding. But seriously, Apple is waaaay better than competing technology, that’s just a fact.

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  12. I’m still not impressed with an iphone. I sold mine 4 days after the purchase.

    No MMS capabilities
    No flash
    No copy/paste
    No drafts

    What a piece of garbage that iphone is. I believe that people who used regular cell phones and then make a switch, are JUBILANT! But most of the experienced smart phone users see the iphone as a half-assed attempt at a productivity device. iphone is a time-waster.

  13. Hello thekarin,

    The iPhone does in fact support e-mail drafts. Simply press “cancel” when composing your e-mail message and a popup will appear. Then select “save” and your message will be placed into the drafts folder. Here’s an image to explain: http://tinyurl.com/55hpof

    I personally don’t see the need for Adobe Flash as it is very data and CPU intensive. Therefore, no ideal for mobile usage. Not to mention, why would you want to see those emoticon ads? I highly suggest you read this article at PC World and you’ll understand what I mean. If you want flash for YouTube videos, the YouTube application already does it all.

    MMS wise, I understand that it’s good to have the capability. But why put up with MMS limits and prices set by wireless carriers, when you can simply send an e-mail that has no limit whatsoever?

    And yes I do agree with you on copy and paste. I do want copy and paste to be implemented into the iPhone. The BlackBerry Storm has it, but it’s a bit clunky to use it.

    And regarding your later comment on the iPhone, I have to say, it is way above what the competition has done, providing a complete, stress free, seamless mobile media experience.

    Cheers,

    admiral H

  14. hi,

    great post. can we post your entire review on our site with full credit/ your name/ twitter address… etc…

  15. Hello Kentaro,

    You can definitely post my entire review on your website. If possible, please provide a link back to this original post.

    Cheers,

    admiral H

  16. great post.
    i would rather buy a iphone than a blackberry

  17. So basically you could have just said, iPhone > Storm

    Like 6 pages long!

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  21. why the 4 step process for typing on the QWERTY as it mentions in the article? Sounds to me like the same steps happen with a normal keyboard on the bold or any other full qwerty device. Wouldn’t you do the following?:
    1. look at the key you’re going to type
    2. touch that key
    3. press the key
    4 look at what you typed

    i think everyone does that…why do they make a point of that in this article?

    i have verizon and I have a Treo 700wx. I’m planning on at least taking the Storm for a trial. Apparently it won’t be for some time though cause apparently they’re releasing more with updated software.

  22. Hello Sean,

    It’s a little hard to explain with words. But I’ll do my best, so bear with me.

    Typing on the touch-screen on the BlackBerry Storm – until you actually make it “click”, there is literally no way to find out whether or not you were actually typing the correct letter. Part of the reason is the lack of clear, visible visual feedback. Yes, there is that blue highlight glow, but you can’t really see it when you’re typing because your fingers are in the way upon each press.
    Take a look at this image. http://tinyurl.com/5a43zj
    Note how it isn’t very clear, as to whether you typed “f” or “g”. For people with bigger fingers, this problem becomes even worse.

    Apple solved this problem on the iPhone by magnifying the letter (you just touched) and make it pop outwards away from your finger, so you can see clearly what you just pressed. Take a look at this image (in the following link), it helps convey my explanation. http://tinyurl.com/5pzx65

    A clear, visible visual indicator for feedback is necessary because on regular QWERTY keyboards of previous BlackBerry, Treo… etc., your fingers can easily feel the grooves between each physical key, so you don’t need to “see” the key as much. But on touch-screen devices, you don’t get such benefit.

    Hope this is clear and hope this helps!

    admiral H

  23. Finally a really great article comparing the two phones in a sensible pragmatic way. I was really concerned that RIM wouldn’t be able to pull off a proper touch screen OS and it really has confirmed for me that they haven’t. I’ve had successive BB models and I was always waiting for the next one to have a decent user experience. I gave up. If Apple can crack with their very first phone it’s shocking and awful that RIM can’t do it after so many years trying. I doubt they’ll ever get it right.

  24. Just felt like saying, I’m on verizon but even I would admit the Blackberry Bold is better than the iPhone for business/power users.

    As someone mentioned earlier the Storm is just another option on blackberrys line-up of phones to choose from.

    You are also the only one I have seen say anything negative about the screen. Every review ive read said watching videos on the storm is way better than watching them on an iphone.

    As well with the memory, it comes with a 8GB micro SD card, which would put its capacity past the standard iphone at 9GB, and they have 16GB micro sd cards out now. Not to mention someone could always just carry more than one SD with them, which a lot of people do for things such as regular cameras…

    And dont get me started on the fact that it has a removal battery…

    Lets also not forget the iPhone launch, mobile me ringing and bells, constant crashes of the iphone, like 3 OS updates in a row trying to fix things that still arent fixed. the iphone is on its second stint, this is the storms first… give it some time for software updates to come out before you start comparing it to the still faulty iphone.

    Oh… and when someone said flash earlier, they werent talking about adobe they were talking about a camera flash.

  25. Great review. I’ll definitely be sticking with my iPhone, but I’ve heard such divergent opinions on the SurePress that I really want to try it for myself…

  26. Nice, unbiased article! I’m really happy with the iPhone 2.2 firmware.

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  28. Very inteseting article about both the blackberry and the iphone.

  29. RIM has BLOWN IT – Finally. Now I can short this pig of a stock with glee.

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  31. how long did it take you to write this ??
    says http://puretomosity.wordpress.com

  32. I’d have to agree while it has revolutionized the Blackberry industry….that’s where it stops. NOthing can compare to the iPhone and although I’m not an owner I give respct where it is due. Good article though.

  33. I recieved my Storm Saturday. Long time Verizon hold-out, and I’m really unhappy! Why the hell did the release this phone? Its slow in every way, takes extra strokes to do anything..then wait””” You can’t just fire off a text. push this and that and wait, then another push and then send. Its hard to believe that Verizon would have allowed this to be touted as another iphone killer and FLOP out of the gate.

  34. I recieved my Storm Saturday. Long time Verizon hold-out, and I’m really unhappy! Why did they release this phone? Its slow in every way, takes extra strokes to do anything..then wait””” You can’t just fire off a text. push this and that and wait, then another push and then send. Its hard to believe that Verizon would have allowed this to be touted as another iphone killer and FLOP out of the gate.

  35. Hello That One Guy,

    The whole post took roughly 3 hours to write and many more hours and days in preparation.

    Cheers,

    admiral H

  36. Great write up there, thanks for the read. As this was no iPhone killer, I wonder if there will ever be on? I’m starting to doubt it, as Apple will always be one step ahead with new generations.

    I read reviews here: http://www.reviewquest.com/cell-phone/blackberry-storm/

    And they all pretty much say the same as you.

  37. You don’t say anything good about the Storm and pretty much tell people to buy an iPhone instead. I’m a corporate user and there are a dozen things my “old” (World Edition) Blackberry does that the iPhone simply can’t compete with. When Apple releases the equivalent of a BES, let me know. Is it an iPhone killer? Who knows (and, I’d ask, who cares?). Looking forward to trying out the Storm tomorrow. We’ll see if I buy it.

  38. And the fact that none of the phones mentioned above include a badass horn noise for the text.

  39. i dun really like iphone cos it doesnt apply much to me haha. not much use.

  40. I was just reading your post and I have got to say, “WOW!”
    Very impressive, it’s the best review I have seen since the PSP vs DS.
    Anyways… you are right! The iPhone 3G is still NUMBER ONE.

    Here me out… let’s up EVERYTHING ASIDE and focus on ONE thing… the phone feature.
    I have used previous blackberry’s before and to tell you the truth, I do not like it. The phone call quality is horrible! I currently own an iPhone 3G (16GB WHITE) and I haven’t used all 16GB yet.. not even half! And I have to many apps from the Apps Store. I have read into iPhone third-party applications such as Vibru–, I mean KeyVib. It works like a charm and now I can write my notes and make phone calls with vibration. FYI, I am a Canadian and I do not like blackberry, so no I am not being bias. I have also read up on cycorder and I am thinking of jailbreaking my iPhone 3G. With jailbreaking, it makes everything SO MUCH easier.

    I honestly do not care about the 3.2MEGAPIXEL or the FLASH for the CAMERA… all of that, I can just go outside and buy a SONY CYBERSHOT or something like 10.0MEGAPIXEL. This iPhone… all I use it for is Notes, Phone, Media and soon I will be jailbreaking it– getting it’s full potential.

    PS. With the new 2.2 upgrade, I can use emotji and view maps on ground.. (seeing traffic and cars, people). The thing that killed the Storm is the wifi… NO WIFI!? I use wifi nonstop!

    iPhone 3G clearly wins BY FAR.

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  42. I think the best buy Iphone 3g 16 gb. and install it on his software version 2.2. Its large
    touch screen and very comfortable realized sensory management. I bought a Iphone and happy!)

  43. question for everybody!

    which is better? IPHONE or STORM

    i am deaf, i do not care about the phone quality! i am interesting in good connection, fast email server, aim, website. which is a positive device for the deaf people? do anybody have any idea? i am looking for device with gps, good signal coverage, email server, aim, website with media/video player, etc. can anybody answer that question? lemme know many thanks!

  44. Learn to post a blog the right way so that your readers do not have to scroll left to right.

  45. too bad they don’t unlock the phones (all types and makes) so that people could take any phone to any provider you want. bringing the i-phone to verizon would be a dream come true!

  46. Actually not having Wifi on this case is a good choice.. Wifi capabilities will drain most of your battery life.. Who need Wifi when you still got Ev-Do, EDGE, etc. besides you still have to pay datas for using Wifi.. the only good coming from this I think is that it’s a little faster.

  47. Hello Mark,

    With so many free wireless hotspots everywhere, using Wi-Fi means you don’t have to use the cellular data connection, relieving you from those hefty fees set by your wireless carrier.

    Hope this clarifies!

    admiral H

  48. I’m a business user and I need (almost) real time sync of my email, appointments, phonebook, etc (outlook). Blackberry’s Enterprise and Professional software rocks. I know for most of you without your own supported email server this won’t matter to you. But once you have it you won’t go back. This is what Blackberry is really all about all the rest is just toys.

  49. Great review. I feel safe with my choice of the iPhone. I tested the Storm and it was awful.

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