BlackBerry Storm Review (Verdict: Not Quite a Perfect Storm)

It's hard to overstate how important the BlackBerry Storm is to RIM and Verizon. It's RIM's bold effort to fend off the iPhone and Verizon's best hope for a star handset that draws people in, or at least keeps them from bailing. The Storm's major innovation is what RIM calls SurePress—the entire touchscreen is fat,… » 11/20/08 12:01am 11/20/08 12:01am

Touchscreen BlackBerry Storm First Live Shots

The burning question answered by these pics from CrackBerry: What does the touchscreen BlackBerry's keyboard look like? As rumored, landscape gets you full QWERTY, while portrait mode drops you to SureType to squeeze in all the buttons. It's straightforwardly utilitarian-taking up a massive amount of screen real… » 7/13/08 5:24pm 7/13/08 5:24pm

Confirmed: BlackBerry Thunder is Actually BlackBerry Storm, Release Not…

Giz has learned from a solid source that the upcoming BlackBerry is definitely being called the "Storm" and not the "Thunder" as previously reported-proving that BGR had it all wrong all along. BGR was also incorrect in stating that the release would be delayed. In fact, our source claims that "It's on track and it… » 7/10/08 1:40pm 7/10/08 1:40pm

BlackBerry Thunder Has Multitouch, Though Still "Not Ready" Say Rumors

Over at Boy Genius Report they're reporting that an insider has labeled the BlackBerry Thunder "in no way shape or form market-ready." Apparently typing on the keyboard is incredibly annoying and the screen ripples at a slight touch. That's contrary to what you'd hope after yesterday's news, and it actually gets… » 7/09/08 7:58am 7/09/08 7:58am

BlackBerry Thunder Touch Keyboard Aims to Be Best Ever: Like a Giant…

The BlackBerry's keyboard is an object of worship, and RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis has publicly said the iPhone's touch keyboard sucks. So, the BlackBerry Thunder's touch keyboard had better be the best one you've ever smeared your fingerprints on. According to Crackberry, it has two big tricks: The screen itself is "sort… » 7/08/08 4:00pm 7/08/08 4:00pm

First Pics of Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder in Action

Finally, pictures of the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder in action. BlackBerry Sync has a pair for us: One showing the music player (which will have an integrated carrier music store, but hopefully not Verizon's UI, ugh) and another apparently recording a video. It's definitely super polished, as we'd expect from a… » 7/07/08 1:28pm 7/07/08 1:28pm

Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder Is BlackBerry 9500, Has Higher Res…

A bit more tricklage on RIM's "Apple Killer," the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder: The official model number is the BlackBerry 9500, and the touchscreen is a bit higher res than the iPhone's (360x480 to 320x480). It'll be running OS 4.7.0 (the Bold runs 4.6). As we inch closer to the September release date expect to… » 7/01/08 6:01pm 7/01/08 6:01pm

BlackBerry Thunder Features, Verizon Exclusivity Captured in the Wild

RIM's iPhone killer was conveniently seen in the wild by the folks over at the Boy Genius Report a day before Steve Jobs will take the stage at Apple's WWDC. BGR is claiming this is a live shot of the final device, which could hit store shelves and Apple's bottom line sometime in September. It bears a striking… » 6/08/08 12:42pm 6/08/08 12:42pm

Awful, Blurry Pic Reveals Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder?

The tradition of "leaked" photos being blurry and godawful is an enduring and respected one, going back to the time of the bards. But this purported live shot of the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder's shell is truly among the most epic in its fuzzy fail. Going for its authenticity is that RIM supposedly asked Horizon to… » 6/02/08 12:32pm 6/02/08 12:32pm

Regional Carriers Want the iPhone, Tell FCC to Ban Phone Exclusives

The wireless industry is essentially at the saturation point, so exclusive phones matter more than ever, especially ones like the iPhone for AT&T or the touchscreen Blackberry Thunder for Verizon, phones that really drive people to particular carriers. So it's no wonder the Rural Cellular Association (repping smaller… » 5/20/08 5:20pm 5/20/08 5:20pm

Wall Street Journal: Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder Due by September

The Wall Street Journal confirms all of the details unearthed a few days ago about BlackBerry's touchscreen Apple killah: Dubbed Thunder, it's only got four physical keys and it'll be exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the US and Vodafone abroad. They also toss in a launch date—Q3 of this year, meaning September at the… » 5/16/08 1:10pm 5/16/08 1:10pm