I'm behind the times when it comes to my mobile phone. It's not that I don't want a 3G phone, but I'm afraid of it becoming a leash. However, times are changing, and I really can't afford to not have e-mail or browsing capabilities on the road anymore, so now I have to figure out... which one?
A big part of my hang-up on this is that I like certain aspects of a lot of phones and don't want to invest in one while coveting another. I've followed the iPhone hype, I've tested them, I have friends who swear by them. I'm an apple fan, own 2 iPods, have worked on a mac for years, and really have a hard time justifying why I'm not blogging from one right now. But, I've had AT&T service before, and I can honestly say I wasn't impressed and swore to never go back after a questionable customer service experience.
I'm currently a Verizon customer and have been receiving a lot of marketing pieces regarding the new BlackBerry Storm, the world's first touchscreen BlackBerry device. I actually just received an e-blast from Verizon
this morning prompting me to sign up to get up-to-date information about it's availability, so that I can be the first to get my hands on it.
I've been doing my research and the Storm sounds promising. It has the touchscreen that a lot of consumers are drawn to with the iPhone, accompanied with the sophisticated design and appearance of a BlackBerry. Functionally, it supposedly features a 3.2 megapixel-camera and a removable memory card.* It has a full HTML browser. It has Visual Voicemail. It has the highest resolution screen ever featured on a BlackBerry.
Once the Storm has been released I hope to get my hands on one to test before diving into my new mobile experience, but for now, I wait with the rest of the blogosphere for the next CrackBerry and how it will compete with everything else offered out there.
*edited to reflect correction mentioned in comments