Waiting for Blackberry Storm 2 launch in India

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 19:31 by Tech Correspondent

The Blackberry Storm was launched in India in January 2009.  As the first touch screen phone from Blackberry in India, it was widely anticipated.  At the time of its launch, the only other touch screen phone in India was the Apple iPhone.

However, not everyone was happy with the Blackberry Storm.  Many still preferred the user interface of the apple iPhone.  After all, that was an interface which was, from scratch, designed for touch screen.  Not so with the Blackberry Storm.  Still for those who wanted a touch screen phone other than the apple iPhone, it was a brilliant option.  It is currently priced at Rs. 27,990 approx.

In the last few months, we have been hearing about the upcoming Blackberry Storm 2.  The international launch of the mobile phone is fast approaching several retailers abroad have already started promotions.

So, what will we have in the Storm 2 when it finally launches in India?  Let’s have a look.

In India, we believe that it will be Vodafone which will offer the Storm 2 before anyone else.  It is believed that even as I write this, Research in Motion is still working on improving the user experience on the Storm 2.  The actual international launch would probably be towards the end of October or the beginning of November. The Indian launch should follow in a few months’ time afterwards.

Those who have seen the pre release versions of the Storm 2 smartphone have a reported that overall it is a much more solid product. The buttons Call, Menu, End and Return are now built into the touch screen.  The side keys are now in rubber.  Typing speeds on Blacberry Storm 2 are believed to be much better than the previous Storm as the touchscreen is more responsive.  Battery life is also believed to be way ahead.  The question we cannot answer is, of course, the exact launch date.

The camera on the Blackberry Storm is a 3.2 megapixel one that can also take videos.  The Blackberry Storm 2 will come with the 5.0 or above.  There is threaded text messaging, speed improvements, multi touch- but there is no major improvement to the browser.  The Blackberry browser was no good earlier, and people were stuck with downloading Opera mini browser.  Guess that is not going to change anytime soon. Wi-Fi, 3G are both available.

Scroll down, and you will be able to see our past stories on Blackberry Storm 2.  It is possible that prior to the launch of the Storm 2 in India, prices for the current version of the phone would come down.  We do not think that Research in Motion and its Indian partners would price the new phone much higher than diversion it replaces.  We really do know as soon as we get any more info on the Indian launch of the phone.

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