"Enough!! Wi-Fi is NOT a make or break on this device."4.0 starson by MB0320TB
Pros: 1) Blackberry Product Quality
2) Tremendous battery life
3) Strong network support with Verizon (unlike someone else we know)
Cons: 1) The App Store is truly the make or break here (sorry, not Wi-Fi) and it's success will be critical!!
2) Speaking of Apple, I love my iTunes. Can the Storm manage my library?? Hmmm
3) FINE!!!! No Wi-Fi. But I put it third so take that!!
Summary: I don't write for any sites & this is my first review ever, so easy on the criticism. What I can say is that I'm as much of a Geek as the next guy & I probably know more about the Storm than most. Enough with the disclaimer & onto the review...
I own an iTouch (I understand the functionality of the iPhone outside of making calls), I own an LG Dare, & I own both a Blackberry Pearl & the 8830. I refuse to go on in case my wife is reading & realizes where all of our money has gone but this shows my user experience.
When it all boils down, what are the critical components of phone? A strong network so my calls can go through & strong enough battery life so it doesn't crap out. Everything else today is a 'creature comfort' but we have grown to expect all the bells & whistles to be shoe-horned into an all-in-one device. Trust me, I want my phone to be jammed with the 'coolness factor' items but what good does all of that do me if I can?t get a signal or my battery dies?
The sole reason I'm writing this review is that most reviews I've read are really pissing me off. Wi-Fi? It's THAT critical? Come on now! Am I disappointed that the Storm won't have it? Sure! Do I think this one omission is deserving of a full star reduction (or maybe even two) in its overall rating? Really?
I've read practically every blog, website and fact sheet that's out there, including CNET, BGR, Howard Forums and Crackberry. I will again preface that this is my only means of gathering data so take it for what it is. Like the saying goes, opinions are like.....well, nevermind.
Looking at my key needs for a phone, battery life & network, the Blackberry line has always been known for outstanding battery life. Specifically, the Storm is sporting a 1400 mAhr battery & claims 15 days standby & 5.5 hours of talk time. Now, hasn't battery life been a critical issue for the iPhone? Agree with me here that battery life clearly favors the Storm.
Network, again...I haven't used an iPhone for calls so I have no frame of reference. Bottom line, it really depends on where you live & who has better coverage. That being said, I live in the New York Metro area. I have had several instances where I have been with an AT&T user & I, as a Verizon user, have had a full signal while my friend has had none. For example, in the IZOD Center, beneath Manhattan on the subway systems and once locked in an iron box with David Blaine buried 65 feet below the Hudson...okay, I lied about the last one. Simply, Verizon is known for having a superior network but it really depends on where you live. As a Verizon user I have never had anything but superior network connectivity.
Now the Wi-Fi. Why is this really such a make or break? I can see if perhaps, down the road, Wi-Max actually becomes an option, or if Google Wi-Fi gets serious but as of now? The only thing Wi-Fi can be used for is wireless synchronization at a hot spot (usually your home router) & maybe....MAYBE using a Wi-Fi based application on your iPhone to make your calls. If you're making Wi-Fi calls on your iPhone, isn't that kind of defeating the purpose of even having it though? You can use Vonage or Skype & pay a heckuva lot less a month. Right??
So where does that leave us? The "Creature Comforts". The Storm is going to be packed but again, I?ll stick to the major points here. The screen will set a new standard with a resolution of 480x360 or 184ppi which surpasses the iPhone at 480x320 or 163ppi. The Storm has Stand-alone GPS and Assisted GPS but also, you'll have your choice software with VZ Navigator, Google Maps or Blackberry Maps as options. The Storm will have all of the functionality of a Blackberry from industry defining e-mail capabilities to Microsoft document support to built-in Text, Picture & Instant Messaging functionality. It's got a 3.2 MP camera with auto-flash & auto-focus as well as video recording. The Storm has an accelerometer & HTML browsing like the iPhone & it'll finally reveal its much touted ClickThrough technology. It's also my understanding that it may have future VZ Mobile TV capabilities (SWEET! Don't quote me).
The bottom line is that this phone will be a serious competitor to the iPhone. What is the make or break for me is how successful the Blackberry App Store will be since the Apple App Store is the standard. Also, can I sync my iTunes crap to the Storm because iTunes is hands-down (my opinion so quit your eye rolling) the best multi-media application out there. I'm not so concerned about the size because it is smaller than the iPhone except for the thickness for which the iPhone has a .05" advantage. Regarding weight, the iPhone is 4.7oz/133g & the Storm is 5.46oz/155g. In 1907, Dr. Duncan MacDougall theorized that the soul weighs 21 ounces. Just assume that 'massive' weight discrepancy between the Storm & the iPhone as the iPhone just doesn't have a soul!
Thanks for your patience & remember...it's just one man's opinion but I can't wait.