Weathering the Storm

Published February 7, 2009 by Syllable

The BlackBerry Storm Smartphone is the world’s first touch-screen that “clicks”. Vodacom South Africa and Research In Motion (RIM) has launched the BlackBerry® Storm™ Smartphone in the South African market.

Delivering the renowned functionality of the BlackBerry® solution, the BlackBerry Storm brings entertainment, information and communications to the tips of your fingers.

The stylish Smartphone boasts exceptional performance, a stunning display and rich features including 3G (HSDPA) network support, integrated GPS, desktop-style web pages, advanced multimedia, a first class phone, camera and the industry’s most robust messaging capabilities – designed to give users an incredibly fast and powerful mobile experience.

It also features the unique and innovative SurePress™ touch-screen, which depresses ever so slightly to aid in typing and navigation and to give users an experience they can actually feel. Through the revolutionary SurePress touch-screen, the virtual keyboard on the BlackBerry Storm responds like a physical keyboard and supports single-touch, multi-touch and gestures for intuitive and efficient navigation as well as easy and precise typing.

Another feature is the built-in accelerometer, which automatically switches the display as the user rotates the handset for use in landscape or portrait. When in portrait mode, users can type out a quick instant message or dial a number using either RIM’s SureType® keyboard layout or a 12-key multi-tap keyboard. When the handset is rotated to landscape, the user is presented with a full QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry Storm Smartphone brings images to life with stunning clarity through its gorgeous 3.25-inch, high resolution colour display. A multimedia powerhouse, the BlackBerry Storm Smartphone has rich media player that handles a number of music formats. It can even be synchronised with iTunes® so customers can enjoy their music on the move, or synced wirelessly via Bluetooth® to the BlackBerry® Remote Stereo Gateway to enjoy songs through a home stereo. The phone also has 1GB of onboard memory storage, comes standard with an 8GB microSD/SDHD memory card and supports up to 16 GB of storage per memory card.

Preloaded with an incredible selection of applications that were custom-built for use on BlackBerry® smartphones, the BlackBerry Storm enables users to simply and easily keep web community pages current, continue instant message chats or even add pictures directly to Facebook®.

Preloaded applications include:
• Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones
• Windows Live™ Messenger for BlackBerry Smartphones
• Yahoo® Messenger for BlackBerry Smartphones
• Flickr™ Photo Uploader for BlackBerry Smartphones
• Vodafone SatNav, powered by Telmap SatNav technology

Starting as low as R59.00 per month for the BlackBerry® Internet Service (Prepaid and Contract) and R98.00 for BlackBerry® Enterprise Service (excluding device), customers get unlimited email, unlimited Internet browsing, as well as unlimited use of pre-loaded data applications.

And I know some readers think I’m biased towards BlackBerry. I admit it – I am. But this time the cynical man in my life put all the current touch-screen Smartphones on the market through the wringer and he came to the conclusion that BlackBerry is, indeed, the best out there.


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