Otro review para la Blackberry Storm

26.11.2008 @ 22:41 \10\Wed, 26 Nov 2008 22:41:44 +0000\44 +0000 UTC

Del afamado Sr. Pogue del NYTimes. El review no es del todo condescendiente…

Hello? Isn’t the thumb keyboard the defining feature of a BlackBerry? A BlackBerry without a keyboard is like an iPod without a scroll wheel. A Prius with terrible mileage. Cracker Jack without a prize inside.

R.I.M. hoped to soften the blow by endowing its touch screen with something extra: clickiness. The entire screen acts like a mouse button. Press hard enough, and it actually responds with a little plastic click.

As a result, the Storm offers two degrees of touchiness. You can tap the screen lightly, or you can press firmly to register the palpable click.

It’s not a bad idea. In fact, it ought to make the on-screen keyboard feel more like actual keys. In principle, you could design a brilliant operating system where the two kinds of taps do two different things. Tap lightly to type a letter — click fully to get a pop-up menu of accented characters (é, è, ë and so on). Tap lightly to open something, click fully to open a shortcut menu of options. And so on.

Unfortunately, R.I.M.’s execution is inconsistent and confusing.

Where to begin? Maybe with e-mail, the most important function of a BlackBerry. On the Storm, a light touch highlights the key but doesn’t type anything. It accomplishes nothing — a wasted software-design opportunity. Only by clicking fully do you produce a typed letter.

Y le sigue dando con todo:

When you hold it horizontally, you get the full, familiar Qwerty keyboard layout. But when you turn it upright, you get the less accurate SureType keyboard, where two letters appear on each “key,” and the software tries to figure out which word you’re typing.

For example, to type “get,” you press the GH, ER and TY keys. Unfortunately, that’s also “hey.” You can see the problem. And trying to enter Web addresses or unusual last names is utterly hopeless.

Furthermore, despite having had more than a year to study the iPhone, R.I.M. has failed to exploit the virtues of an on-screen keyboard. A virtual keyboard’s keys can change, permitting you to switch languages or even alphabet systems within a single sentence. A virtual keyboard can offer canned blobs of text like “.com” and “.org” when it senses that you’re entering a Web address, or offer an @ key when addressing e-mail.

But not on the Storm.

Parece que el principal problema radica en el Software (excepto lo del WiFi):

In short, trying to navigate this thing isn’t just an exercise in frustration — it’s a marathon of frustration.

I haven’t found a soul who tried this machine who wasn’t appalled, baffled or both.

And that’s before they discovered that the Storm doesn’t have Wi-Fi. It can’t get onto the Internet using wireless hot spots, like the iPhone or other BlackBerrys. Verizon’s high-speed (3G) cellular Internet network is now in 258 American cities, but that’s still a far cry from everywhere.

But wait, there’s less. Both of my review Storms had more bugs than a summer picnic. Freezes, abrupt reboots, nonresponsive controls, cosmetic glitches.

My favorite: When I try to enter my Gmail address, the Storm’s camera starts up unexpectedly, turning the screen into a viewfinder — even though the keyboard still fills half the screen. (R.I.M. executives steadfastly refused to acknowledge any bugs. I even sent them videos of the Storm’s goofball glitches, but they offered only stony phone silence.)

Lean todo el review aquí


6 Responses to “Otro review para la Blackberry Storm”

  1. Carlos Says:

    Así es… pero no hay problema porque Manuel no necesita WiFi 🙄

  2. rpina1 Says:

    Si el podría navegar en la red 3G de IUSACELL Mexicana sin ningún problema, y dejar el acceso por WiFi como un buen recuerdo del pasado.

    Me gustaría pensar que RIM sacó su nueva Blackberry con tantos Bugs y sin tarjeta WiFi porque le quieren ganar mercado a Apple antes de que saque algún modelo nuevo del iPhone….será que saben algo que nosotros no??

  3. Carlos Says:

    Aquí otro review por parte de la revista Spiegel (en alemán) en el que también dicen que la Storm es desesperante.

    En ese review hacen mención de que la falta de WiFi es como navegar en internet hace 10 años pues la conexión “3G” de la Storm no es mejor que digamos. Mencionan en particular que para bajarle aplicaciones uno tiene que buscar un lugar con buena recepción y no moverse de ahí hasta que la app se haya bajado por completo


  4. Paoli Says:

    Ya vi el video… al alemancito definitivamente no le gusto el blackberry. Y la verdad a mi tampoco, o sea, no inventes como se tarda cuando lo volteas para cambiar la imagen de vertical a horizontal!!! Y ademas, se va pintando poco a poco la imagen, en vez de girar de forma natural como en el iPhone. Y lo del teclado, “schon falsch, schon wieder falsch”.

    Er hat rechts! Das ist kein iPhone Killer.


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