After all of the cool Storm promo material we saw yesterday, Vodafone flicked the live switch on their “interactive” Storm website, allowing anyone who cares to read and see way less than what they already know about the soon to be announced phone – that is unless you aren’t a dork who regularly reads this website, in which case all of this new and exciting to you. The website runs over the main features of the phone in a very irritating way and has the feel of pathetically desperate press website from a startup rather than an interactive product page from two major companies. (Does anyone else think the background noise was ripped straight from Everyone Loves Hypnotoad?) Vodafone also released a totally gimp spec sheet. Thanks for nothing, Vodafone! We’ll you see you on the playground, at three O’CLOCK.
Apologies in advance to everyone who is sick and bloody tired of all of the Storm coverage as of late, but something as highly anticipated as the Storm has to be covered, right? Leaked out today was the Vodafone Storm launch video and it’s easily one the hippest videos we’ve ever seen to launch a mobile phone. It covers all of the main features of the phone like it’s accurate typing, horizontal/vertical screen layout, 3.2 megapixel camera, preloaded IM and social network apps, HTML browwer, media player, and all of the other goodness that the BlackBerry brand bring to mind. The only bad thing about the video is the ending tag line of “Incredible Power In Your Hands.” We’re not even going to go there…
– BG: This video is fire. RIM, please don’t let Verizon muck up the U.S. version of it. Kthanks. Also anyone notice the BlackBerry Storm ads Verizon is running on BGR? No official announcement yet they have a whole ad campaign… funny.
Thanks to the windfall of Storm documents obtained yesterday, the often asked question about how copy and paste works on the Storm can finally be answered. All you’ll need to do is put one finger at the beginning, and another finger at the end of the area you want to copy. Slide those two fingers together and you have yourself a highlight. Then go Menu, Copy, and you’re good to paste. If you’re worried about your bad hand-eye coordination, fear not, because hitting the Escape key deletes the highlight. Simple, brilliant, and effective. Maybe the boys of Cupertino should take a field trip to Waterloo.
UPDATE: As some of our readers pointed out, you actually use two fingers simultaneously on the screen with starting and ending points to select text to copy.
It’s a beautiful day in New York City, but oh man… we can see those clouds eagerly approaching. We just got our hands on a ton of documents detailing both the BlackBerry Storm 9500 and BlackBerry Storm 9530. Bear with us as we comb through them, ok? In the meantime, check out some awesome slides from an internal powerpoint presentation. They detail every aspect of the device, from typing to phone calling, media syncing, to web browsing — we’re sure you’ll like them.
“You’re invited to a secret presentation on the upcoming BlackBerry Storm. But just remember, we at RIM don’t care about company secrets any more, so you Italians in the audience should feel free to blatantly hold your camera phone above your head and film the entire thing.” Seriously, RIM, is this what you’re going to be like from now on? We all know that you have a touchscreen device in the 9500 and 9530 Storm, but you just have to make life difficult for all of us and make a half-assed attempt at keeping it secret, don’t you? We’re speaking from the BGR team here, but when so much stuff about a phone leaks before there is a public press release, you have to start thinking the words “controlled” and “leak”. Anyway, the latest in a shamefully long parade of leaks is a video presentation given to an Italian audience. It’s pretty nicely done and gives great insight into how OS 4.7 will work on a touchscreen device. Hell, it made us want one.
Expansys doesn’t seem to be in any rush to pull a seemingly large mistake from its UK and Irish sites, but we imagine they will soon enough. What exactly is the mistake you ask? Well a quick click on the read link will bring you to an Expansys page where you can pre-order the “BlackBerry 9500 Smartphone” aka BlackBerry Thunder. Beyond the fact that the image on their sites look like it was pulled off of the net and watermarked, we don’t see too many sites offering pre-orders on a phone that probably won’t drop for another four months. Either this is some kind of mistake and Expansys has jumped the gun, or this will be the first handset that Canadian messaging-master RIM launches a new handset in… the UK and Ireland. The specs listed on Expansys’ pre-order page seem odd, at least the little info that is there. 3G, quad-band GSM, OS 4.7 and so on. The site also adds Wi-Fi however, and makes no mention of a camera. No pricing info is up on the site and no hints are given in terms of their expected arrival date either. The BlackBerry 9500 is not listed for pre-order on Expansys’ US site.
UPDATE: Yep, Expansys pulls the Thunder pre-order pages from both the UK and Irish sites shortly after this post was published. Oops…
It almost seems like we’re unearthing a new BlackBerry model every week. There were a number of doubters on the internet when we first posted news of the BlackBerry 9100 and external display. Those rants were quickly hushed when we brought you pictures of the BlackBerry Kickstart just two weeks later. The naysayers stating our pictures were of a dummy device were further pushed towards the land of mum when we posted more evidence of the flip-phone BlackBerry just days later.
Moral of the story? Believe the hype, we’re almost always right.
We’re so confused…Engadget picked up this photo from HorizonWireless and they claim it to be a picture of the BlackBerry Thunder. Ah, come on, guys, you don’t remember the Thunder? In all seriousness, we’re just not sure about the legitimacy surrounding the above photo snap. It does look like our render, though, just as it was described to us. Thoughts?
UPDATE: We’ve been told the photo above is actually real, except it’s just the housing for the unit…