Research in Motion stirred up quite a storm with its latest touchscreen phone, the aptly named BlackBerry Storm. The Storm, which was reviewed here at pocketnow.com, has been met with mixed reaction from the press and comes with a host of its own problems and quirks, which will be fixed in two separate software updates according to The Boy Genius Report. Many of these quirks make the device appear as if it’s been rushed to market, and is apparent with a first generation device (iPhone 3G, anyone?).
David Pogue from the NY Times joins the growing list of tech columnists disappointed by the performance of the Storm. Pogue found the user interface confusing and seems like an after thought to the touchscreen, rather than built for the touchscreen. He also didn’t like that the keyboard switches to a SureType one in portrait mode and that only the full QWERTY was viewable in landscape. Lastly, Pogue found the screen clicks to be reminiscent of typing on a typewriter.
Pogue’s assessment: “Web rumor has it that a bug-fix software update is in the works. Until then, maybe Storm isn’t such a bad name for this phone. After all it’s dark, sodden and unpredictable.”