We are a little hesitant to put this in with the rest of the bunch — though the Storm’s local release by Vodafone is imminent, the phone isn’t necessarily feature-packed and initial impressions are not that promising. As usual, the iPhone comparisons are flying left, right and centre in international BlackBerry Storm reviews, though this time it is a reasonable comparison. The Storm represents the shift from Research in Motion’s regular business-focused clientele to the consumer side of things, with a heavier emphasis on multimedia features and the inclusion of a touch screen.
Ultimately, though, it seems like the Storm is yet another failed attempt to cash-in on the touch-screen craze with little experience to back it up. As our US colleagues found in their extensive review, the Storm’s capacitive and “clickable” touch screen — the feature that RIM bet on to differentiate the phone from competitors — does more harm than good.