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The BlackBerry Storm is Terrible

It Ain’t No BlackBerry and it Sure Ain’t No iPhone

BlackBerry Storm

This weekend my wife needed a new cell phone.  I’m on AT&T and using an iPhone. She’s on Verizon and will not consider changing. Since she likes my phone , but wants to stay on Verizon, the obvious answer is a BlackBerry Storm .

I was kind of excited because it would be cool to compare and contrast the iPhone and Storm.

Off to the Verizon store…

They actually had 3 working Storms to demo (nice!). She picked on up and started uncomfortably fiddling for a few minutes. All the while I’m hanging over her shoulder trying to help her find/do things. She was having such a terrible time of it and not mincing words. I just figured that it was all her.

Is it all Blackberries or just this one?

BlackBerry 8300 Since she wanted a Smartphone I recommended I suggested a traditional BlackBerry with a keyboard. We both tried a BlackBerry Curve 8330 . What a difference! It was smooth, stable, and easy to figure out. It just worked. This is what the old Palm Operating System should have become.

While she spends 20+ minutes with the sales representative I decided to give the Storm a shot (and see if it was just my wife’s fault).

What a craptacular user experience. Nothing is easy to find or do. Nothing behaves intuitively or smoothly. Menus jump around and wiggle away from your fingers. It’s super slow and clunky too.

I thought that the one I was using might be defective so I tried another one. Nope, still garbage. The BlackBerry Storm has the worst interface and most frustrating user experience I have seen on any consumer electronics device not manufactured by Sony.

The other BlackBerries have really nice interfaces that are so easy to use. RIM obviously knows how to make a good interface, so what happened here? Did they outsource the design to an out of worm American car designer? This thing is pure doo-doo. I would rank it far behind ant Windows Mobile, Nokia Symbian, and LG phones that my wife and I have had. Don’t even bring up my iPhone or the BlackBerry Bold.

Before you say “typical iPhone fanboy”, I would can tell you 20 things that suck about my iPhone. The problem is that I found about a hundred of them in 20 minutes on the BlackBerry storm.

What do you think?

Are there any BlackBerry Storm users who can point out what I’m missing? Maybe I missed something. Please let me know in the comments.

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Verizon FIOS – Don't Believe the Hype

The End of my Failed Experiment

I had been watching all of the commercials for Verizon’s FIOS service and reading a million articles on the internet that made it seem awesome. When FIOS became available in my neighborhood, I jumped right on the bandwagon. I was going to be burning through the web, watching a million hi-def tv channels, and generally just riding the wave of the future. Well, things aren’t always what they seem.

I have had cable forever Cablevision or Comcast depending on where I lived. When we moved into our new house, we got the Optimum Online "Triple Play" for the house. I didn’t have a Hi-Def TV

Here is my cautionary tale about Verizon’s Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time service.

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