On tour caught in storm 2
Before the Tour released I checked out the Storm (original) and decided not to go for it. Now that the Storm 2 released I went back to check it out.
Why I even thought to get a Storm 2 was a video on YourTube in which the guy is typing on the Storm 2 and saying how great it is for texting. What impressed me is how fast he could accurately type on the Storm 2 with the shared keys. Where Q W share the same key.
I've owned smart phones since the beginning. My own opinion is that once you fully realize the benefits of a smart phone, it's difficult to do without them. The real issue becomes how to type on them accurately and quickly.
I've owned quite a few. From Treo to Blackberry Curve. From iPhone to WinMo, and back to the Blackberry. And then from various Blackberry devices to others. As far as physical keys are concerned, I think the Curve is the best physical keyboard RIM has ever made. When I switched from AT&T to Verizon, Glad I did by the way, I gave up the curve for a Tour. Great phone, but the keyboard is more like my old 8800, which I gave up for a Curve 8310 on AT&T years ago.
So I'm watching that video on YourTube and the guy is typing like greased lighting. I am so impressed that I wait for the Storm 2. After a couple days, I start to understand the Storm 2 keyboard. With only 5 keys across they keys are absolutely huge by mobile phone standards. And with such a large key, they are easy to strike without error. As a result you type faster and more accurately.
I love the SurePress keyboard technology. Now as a former iPhone user, I'll be the first to admit I questioned this technology. I even felt like it was mere a gimmick to try to differentiate RIM from Apple. But I have to tell something about this technology and what makes it so great. You see, I own an Amazon Kindle ebook reader. Every time I pick up the device, I accidentally press the back or forward buttons causing the page to flip in either direction. When I had the iPhone, you had to be very careful with it too. Just touching it could be mistaken as pressing a button and launching an application. Not with the blackberry. Pick it up by the screen if you like. All will be fine. It has the benefits of a touch screen without the hassles of being overly sensitive like a touch screen. SurePress gives you the flexibility you can only get from being able to manage a keyboard on screen. I think this is a brilliant move by RIM.
If you doubt that this screen makes a great keyboard, don't. It does take a little time. Perhaps more so than using a regular touch screen. But there is a great benefit to learning this technology. I go from phone to phone just looking for a better keyboard experience. And after years of searching, I think I found a keyboard I truly love. Seriously, you won't believe how much I spend hopping from phone to phone. And it's always about the keyboard. Blackberry I am sold on. It's been a Blackberry for the last 3 phones in a row. I'm convinced Blackberry is the best phone for business customers such as myself. It's just been about the keyboard for me. I'm one of those guys who spends $140 on a mechanical keyboard for his PC because my favorite keyboard was the original mechanical IBM PC keyboards in mid 80s. Everything else since then is just garbage to me.
Keyboards are the human to device interface. They matter. And since I use them for hours a day, I want perfection. I've given away laptops, such as the MacBook, just because I didn't like how the keyboard felt. I'm a nut when it comes to keyboards.
If you can sell me a keyboard, you're the man. I hate just about all of them. When I shop for laptops, I look at the arrangement of the keys first. Seriously, it's what I look for even before checking the speed or price. It's the first thing I need to know about.
RIM, I'm impressed! And I don't think I've ever actually said that.
I go great with Blackberries.