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Five Reasons Why The BlackBerry Storm Rocks

Now that the news is finally out, we can sit back and take a longer look at what makes the Storm a compelling handset. Here are five reasons why it should be a success.
Now that the news is finally out, we can sit back and take a longer look at what makes the Storm a compelling handset. Here are five reasons why it should be a success.1. The Camera

The Storm's camera rates 3.2 megapixels. It also has autofocus, the ability to zoom, and a flash. These are all characteristics the iPhone lacks. Megapixels aren't everything, but having on the phone software that allows the user to configure the phone's settings is a bonus. It also records video at half-VGA resolution.

2. Rev. A

The Storm is not the first smartphone to have access to EV-DO Rev. A 3G speeds, but it is a really, really good thing. Why? The Storm is a BlackBerry e-mail device. That means users will be sending e-mails from it. Some of those e-mails will have attachments (such as pix taken by that nice 3.2-megapixels camera). Rev. A allows for much faster wireless upload speeds compared with Rev. 0. I say hooray for Rev. A.

3. Euro 3G

The Storm not only has access to superfast 3G in the United States, but in Europe as well. By including a 2,100-MHz HSPA radio, RIM has made the Storm the perfect business device for mobile professionals who find themselves on both sides of the pond. Whether in the United States or in Europe, you get the best 3G. Even if you're not in Europe, but elsewhere in the world covered by GSM networks, you'll still be able to roam.

4. Enterprise Integration

RIM's bread and butter never tasted so good. The Storm is a BlackBerry. Your corporate e-mail will be a snap to wade through and retrieve. The new user interface makes it easy to tap the message you want to open, rather than using the trackball or scroll wheel to find it. The Storm syncs to Outlook, so your calendar and contacts are all included. You'll also be able to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents right from your smartphone -- something the iPhone can't do. Oh yeah, and the Storm will support Java applications.

5. Cut And Paste

You'll be able to cut information (phone numbers, URLs, e-mail addresses, etc.) from one application and paste it somewhere else. This is something all BlackBerrys can already do, but for that capability to show up on this touch device is welcome indeed. Eat that, iPhone.