Wave goodbye to the clicking screen
We hinted at a BlackBerry Storm 2 last month and even saw the pre-requisite blurry image just last week, but now a full hands-on with the second-generation Storm has appeared online, which means a full launch is surely only round the corner, joining the new iPhone and the Palm Pre in the battle for your summer cash.
Engadget has got hands-on with the Storm 2, although its experience was slightly limited by being unable to get past the registration agreement. Which means the hands-on isn’t much more than someone getting their hands around the smartphone. Still, it gives us a broad idea of what to expect.
It’s a sleeker, more slimline device with a screen that no longer clicks. Yes, it was a nice idea, but for the sequel, RIM has ditched the SurePress method for something slightly more akin to an iPhone interface. According to Engadget, the change in shape and interaction ‘collaborate to make everything feel a wee bit higher end than the original’.
Other additions include the widely-predicted 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus, a 3.5 mm headset jack, USB charger, soft keys on the sides of the handset and four typical BlackBerry control keys at the bottom of the screen. The casing itself is plastic, with metal for the trim and battery cover, should that kind of thing be important to you. Wi-Fi you ask? Not mentioned, but still widely predicted.
As we said earlier, an official launch must be close and a shelf date not far off. On the face of it, the Storm 2 looks worthy of closer inspection if you love the BlackBerry’s messaging capabilities and fancy a touchscreen. We’ll know for sure when we get our own hands-on with a working handset, which should be in the not-too-distant future.”