Like many of you who read TUAW, I use an iPhone 3G as my day-to-day cell phone, mobile email and SMS device and to watch videos, listen to music and generally be entertained while waiting at the doctor’s office, in line for a movie or when I need to kill some time. As many of you also know, there’s another company out there besides Apple who’s had a pretty tight hold on the “smart” phone market until recently, especially when it comes to mobile email and generally taking care of business as a professional on-the-go. That company, of course, is RIM and their device is the Blackberry.
As of last Friday, RIM has released a new Blackberry they consider a potential “iPhone Killer” or, at the very least, a serious competitor for the iPhone — the Blackberry Storm. As a Blackberry user prior to switching to the iPhone, I was of course very interested in seeing if the Storm would, in fact, offer any sort of competition to the iPhone. So, to find out, I got a Storm last Friday and spent the weekend using it alongside my iPhone to see how both devices compare when performing many of the tasks I use on a daily basis.
What follows is by no means scientific, nor is it an in-depth review of the Storm. I’ll leave that to Engadget. These are just my observations and impressions as an iPhone and Mac user when also using a Storm to accomplish the same tasks.