Almost one year ago, on November 21, 2008, I bought the Blackberry Storm, naturally on its very first day of availability on the Verizon network. I’ve enjoyed the Storm. Nevertheless, during the past months I’ve been looking forward to the Storm’s new and substantially improved successor, the Storm2.
Verizon will give you a discounted upgrade after one year, assuming your account is in good standing (as mine is since my wife pays the bills). Verizon’s release of the Storm2 now is only days away; perhaps as soon as October 28. Further, Verizon customer service, knowing a
sucker good customer when they see one, graciously agreed to accelerate my upgrade eligibility date from November 21 to today. So I’m writing to tell you that I’m ready to pounce on the Storm2, right? Well, not exactly.
Planned Storm2 upgrade has hit the Sholes? told you about my dithering between the Storm2 and the Android OS Motorola Sholes, which also is being released by Verizon in the coming weeks. BGR’s Motorola Droid Preview is the first definitive information I’ve seen on the Sholes, which apparently instead may be called the Motorola Droid. Indeed, the naming is confusing, since according to Engadget Mobile, “Droid is the brand name being applied to Verizon’s Android devices. It isn’t a single phone… The Sholes — the phone we’ve been calling the Droid so far — may simply be known as the Droid.” Huh?
But what’s in a name? More important is what’s in a device. And BGR is impressed. But then again, the Storm2 also is an impressive device. So what’s the difference?
The Droid has a 3.7” (854 x 480) touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard. The Storm2 has a 3.25” (480 x 360) touchscreen and no slide-out keyboard. Yet the larger, more pixel-dense keyboard doesn’t seem to translate to correspondingly larger dimensions. Similarly, the slide-out keyboard doesn’t seem to add significantly to thickness or weight. Comparing the Droid Specs with the Storm2 Specs, the two devices are almost the same size and weight (which the picture above from BGR’s preview bear out as to size):
|Dimensions (mm)||115.8 x 60 x 13.7||112.5 x 62 x 13.9|
Geez. All other things equal, I’d rather have a larger touchscreen with a higher pixel density. Most probably would view a slide-out keyboard as a bonus, though I’d probably opt out if I had a choice.
Of course, all other things are not equal. Build quality concerns aside (since they’re currently an unknown), one obvious difference is the OS. The Storm2 has a Blackberry OS, the Droid an Android (duh) OS. I’m not sure how to assess this difference. I’ve owned several Blackberry OS devices (dating back to the 7290) over the last several years. I’ve never owned an Android OS device. I’ve seen a few, such as the T-Mobile G1. However, the 2.0 version in the Droid is supposed to be leaps and bounds better than the prior 1.x versions I’ve seen.
So what am I going to do? I dunno. I’m definitely going to read more reviews as they come. Hopefully, I’ll be able to play with both devices when they arrive at the local Verizon store, where I’ve already spent so much money (Storm, MiFi, accessories) that they may build a statue of me in front. I plan to take my time on this decision, especially since I’m pretty happy with my Storm with its pre-official (but soon to be official) 5.0 OS. So I’m sure you’ll be reading more about my
dithering decision-making. Though I can hear Obi-Wan Kenobi telling me: “These are the droids you are looking for.”