BlackBerry Storm takes on the iPhone

Will Apple's iPhone still be the must-have mobile phone next year? The release of the new BlackBerry Storm is creating quite a ... storm! Many are tipping it to become the iPhone killer, especially for business users. Our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk provides this report.

There is no doubt that the iPhone 3G is still one of the most popular gadgets around, but primarily for it's fantastic design and the iTunes and iStore integration.

The BlackBerry Storm features all the mobile e-mail and Web browsing power of the previous BlackBerries, but this time with an iPhone-like touch screen. However, unlike the iPhone, it also comes with:
 

  • Stereo Bluetooth
     
  • A removable battery
     
  • Expandable memory using microSD cards
     
  • Video recording, and a better resolution camera (surely the next thing Apple needs to upgrade on the iPhone)
     
  • Ability to use it as a tethered modem for your laptop
     
  • The touch screen provides tactile feedback
     
  • Cut-and-paste facility, and
     
  • Multitasking.

One area where the iPhone is currently streets ahead is with the growing range of downloadable applications available from Apples App Store. A BlackBerry Store has been launched but is going to take some time to catch up.

The iPhone is not an ideal business tool for corporate users, so while it may remain the first choice for consumers looking for iPod functionality on a cutting edge phone, we may well see the Storm taking over as the corporate favorite next year. It is squarely aimed at business users wanting a real business tool but tempted by the styling and media player capability of the iPhone. If anyone already has one and would like to share their first impressions, feel free to post a comment below.
 

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