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Research in Motion's BalcakBerry Storm 2

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Bell Canada will be selling and offering service for the BlackBerry Storm2 smart phone starting in mid-April, according to an internal Bell memo leaked to the Boy Genius Reportblog.

The Storm series, of course, is BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's response to touchscreen smart phones, namely Apple's iPhone. Telus already offers the smart phone and Rogers is also rumoured to be mulling a launch.

According to many reviews, and a lot of user feedback, the first Storm model was somewhat of a flop. Most people love their BlackBerrys for the physical QWERTY keyboard and instant "push" e-mail.

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But though the Storm models have much of the corporate suit-like qualities of traditional BlackBerry models, like the Bold 9700, it doesn't have that magical keyboard. The compromise here was meant to be the Storm's screen, which sort of "clicks" when you push down on it, to emulate a keyboard. But that's not so much a compromise as sort of weird. I've only ever met one person in real life with a Storm BlackBerry; it was at a party and he had found it on the ground.

The Storm 2 was meant to fix many of these irksome difficulties. But again, early reviews of the device aren't exactly glowing. An iPhone-killer this ain't.

In an era of innovative smart phones like the Google-HTC Nexus One, I'd be interested to know who out there is interested in getting the Storm 2 and what your reasons are. Is it the BlackBerry features you love with the touchscreen you've always envied in your hipper, Apple-using acquaintances?

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