Vodafone will be releasing the new BlackBerry Storm 2 available from tomorrow (26 October) and will come on a two year contract for 35 pounds per month. Vodafone will be the first mobile operator in the UK to sell the BlackBerry Storm 2. This handset follows on from the BlackBerry Storm which was the first touch screen launched by (Research in Motion)
RIM are hoping to offer some stiff competition against the Apple dominance of the smart phone market. The first BlackBerry Storm released last November, although was successful, there were some issues which the BlackBerry Storm 2 has addresses.
The touchscreen which had many complaints, has been upgraded. SurePress technology has been used to allow for better typing accuracy as well as a more natural feel for the touchscreen. Previously users had to click the entire screen to confirm a touch input, which compared with the iPhone was a major drawback.
The BlackBerry Storm 2 has a 3.2MP camera and 2GB of on-board storage. It has 3.5G connection and Wi-Fi, something the previous model was missing. It has a 3.25-inch HVGA touchscreen, as well as full integration with Windows Media Player and iTunes thanks to BlackBerry Media Sync.
Some argue that BlackBerry remains the best mobile email device on the market. I will let you decide, there is now a lot of competition in the smartphone market – Motorola Dext was released earlier this month and Palm Pre last week exclusively on O2. It will be interesting to see how these handsets compete against one another in market that seemed to be dominated by Apple for the past two years.