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Blackberry Storm Steals Nokia Tube's Thunder In Touchscreen Showdown With Early Release

"Underpromise, Overdeliver" appears to be RIM's new motto. Research in Motion is building the momentum towards Christmas with yesterday's release of the Blackberry Storm, its first Touchscreen smartphone, in a direct hit at both Apple's iPhone and Nokia's forthcoming XpressMusic 5800.

The device - codenamed Thunder - comes with a big 3.25-inch LCD display that can display up to 65,000 colours at a resolution of 480x360 pixels and also sports a 3.5mm earphone jack as well as a microSD slot - something that the iPhone is still sorely missing.

RIM has introduced a new feature underneath the LCD display called Clickthrough that mimicks the physical feedback that a user would expect to receive on a traditional membrane keyboard, complete with the clicking sound

This makes the typing experience more responsive and accurate according to Businessweek Tech and You columnist Stephen Wildstrom who tested the Smartphone.

Vodafone will be the exclusive Network for the Storm outside the US and will make it available towards the end of the year in a host of territories - Australia, New Zealand, India and Europe.

The Quad-band Storm comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera that doubles as a digital camcorder as well and expected to keep the same stocky format as its predecessors which, RIM could hope, will give it more allure and substance than the rest of the competition.

The Storm is expected to cost around USD 200 (GBP 120) on a two year contract.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.