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  • Storm, or Bust!

    Posted on September 2nd, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Ok folks, it’s time to shift gears and talk phones.  For my long time readers (all two of you), you know that I have been a Palm OS and Palm hardware fanboy since 2004 (long before My Gadget, Game & Gizmo Obsession ever existed).  In fact, look at my archives, you will see this blog started as “My Treo Obsession” and was solely dedicated to the Treo 650 and his brethren.

    Well, it’s 2008 (for a few more months at least), and I’m in a different place (literally and figuratively).  I’m still rocking both a Treo 650 and a Treo 700p (more on the dual device thing later), but that will all end before all the leaves turn red and fall to their annual demise (at least here in Massachusetts).

    Yes that’s right, I’m done with both Palm OS and Palm hardware.  First, Palm OS….dude, it’s been four years since any real updates have come out.  You are still producing more products on that old-old-old school OS (i.e. the Centro).  Move on, get the new OS shipping for gosh sakes.  Second, Palm hardware.   I love Palm hardware.  The Treo 800w and Treo Pro are making me drool.  I could own one of them immediately if it were not for my employer.

    You see, I’m now working in the corporate world, and my employer has a love affiar with RIM and Blackberry.  So, unless I want to cough up $250+ for my own device, and $120 per month for voice/data, I need to comply.   And with those numbers, comply I will.  Why, you ask?  I’m cheap and I love gadgets.  Put those two together, what do you get?   Me saying “later Treo, hello Blackberry”.  Just like that.  Call me fair weather, but that’s how I roll.

    The Blackberry 9350 Storm is supposed to drop on Verizon (my current carrier) sometime this Fall.  I hear it’s looking to be in October.  It’s going to be CDMA and GSM, which is huge for my argument to my boss.  “Look boss, it can be used by our preferred vendor, Verizon, and it’s a world phone for when you need me to travel to San Paulo.”  NOTE:  I’ve never actually been to Brazil, but you never know.

    And for the gadget geek in me.  This is the first touchscreen Blackberry… …ever.  Can you say “bleeding edge”?  That’s where I like to live, except, I’m personally not so fond of the actual bleeding.  I’m going to get just about all the things I need in my next device.  Let’s list ’em for fun:

    • Touch screen
    • A2DP (bluetooth stereo audio)
    • Media player
    • Lot’s o’ storage space
    • snappy fast interface (we’ll see about this one)
    • high-speed data (i.e. 3G)
    • GPS
    • Wireless sync (mail, calendar, etc).

    Granted, I no longer will have a physical keyboard (no slider, nor front-facing qwerty).  It’s all on-screen (i.e. iPhone).  No keyboard will be hard for me to swallow, but what the hell….let’s see if I can handle it.  So, I will get to start some iPhone wars, which will be fun.

    I have to thank a few folks for this happening.  First and foremost, my employer for requiring only Blackberry devices to be allowed network access.  Second, AT&T for begin so dumb and losing my potential business by delaying the Bold month-after-month.  Third, Palm for not innovating….you know what Palm, my employer used to supply Palm’s and Treo’s to employees, but gave up when they just couldn’t complete with the Blackberry capabilities.  Now, my employer restricts Palm’s on the corporate network.  Fourth, Verizon.  If the rumor is really true, Verizon is stepping up for the first time in history (as far as I know) and being innovative with their devices.  It is a first time that I’m truly excited to be on Verizon.

    So, what say you users of Palm, Windows Mobile, iPhone, and BlackBerry?  Any excitement over this, or is it just me?  Are you looking forward to me and our Associate Writer, Pabel, to go head-to-head with the iPhone vs. Storm battles?

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