Blackberry Storm 3 : Is It Worth The Money?

Customers even only slightly familiar with smartphones no doubt recognize the Blackberry. Research in Motion set the bar quite high with its original version and has continued to blaze the smartphone trail with each subsequent version of the Blackberry Storm. The Blackberry Storm 3 picks up directly after the Storm 2 and freshens it up to counter the iPhone’s continued popularity.

As more and more reports trickle in, the Blackberry Storm 3 seems to be a refresher of the Blackberry 2. The Storm 3 is appealing in that it provides a totally virtual, touch screen QWERTY keyboard. This will please those who do not like the slide out keyboards. Apparently, the Storm 3’s keyboard is quite accurate and relatively few key stroke errors occur. Couple that with the phone’s substantial 3.7” AMOLED capacitive touch screen, and you have a touch screen playground to accommodate all sorts of functions.

The Storm 3 utilizes the Blackberry OS 6.0, customized for this particular phone. Making use of the Blackberry OS 6 is Research in Motion’s own Webkit, the company’s patented web browser. Those that are a little leery based on prior experience will be pleased that efforts have been made to better the previous versions. 8 or 16 GB of memory are enough to store a good amount of photos and video, enough to satisfy users who are well aware that it is a phone and not a PC. Memory upgrades can be made to 1GB RAM and 1GB ROM. The Storm 3 offers a 5 megapixel camera with a 2592 x 1944 pixel resolution.

Also giving Storm 3 an advantage over the competition is the fact that it is a World Edition cell phone. The handset picks up 3G at hotspots with HSDPA at 10.2 Mbps. Blackberry Storm 3 connects via 802.11n WiFi. Bluetooth version 3.0 is found on the phone as is a Li-Ion battery. The battery offers about 9 hours of standby time while in 2G mode and approximately 5 hours while in 3G. For those looking for a couple of bells and whistles, a large number of ringtones in MP3 and WAV formats can be stored on the Storm 3.

With the Blackberry Storm 3, RIM has updated their own product to a model that competes easily with its contemporaries. It provides all of the features and functionality that users have come to expect from a smartphone and does so with sleek and smooth operation. RIM continues to not only keep up with the Joneses, so to speak, they set the standard as well.

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