Back in October at the BlackBerry Developer Conference I had a chance to spend some hands-on time with RIM's first touchscreen device, from which I wrote up an in-depth Pre-Release Review of the BlackBerry Storm (if you're a Storm chaser and haven't read this article yet, you should!). Since that first encounter, I have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on a commercial release BlackBerry Storm that I would be able to call my own.
w00t! It has happened!! I flew down to NYC to pick up my Storm in person, and as I post this, just landed at home a few hours ago. I'm already hard at work on a follow-up review, but as you guys know, my reviews go a little more in-depth than most of the others you'll find, and therefore take longer to write (plus I want to wait and update the OS). In the meantime I at least have some CrackBerry-NYC Verizon Storm coverage for you. After the jump we have the Verizon BlackBerry Storm Unboxing, both with video and photos. We even throw a quick side by side comparison of the Storm to the Curve 8900 in there (I think that's a web first!).
I also used the cab ride back to the airport to put the Storm's SurePress keyboard to the ultimate bumpy typing test and used my waiting time at the airport to do up an impromptu Verizon BlackBerry Storm vs. AT&T iPhone 3G Web Browser Speed Test.
Only one more sleep until you can walk into a Verizon store and pick up a BlackBerry Storm of your own (I hope you booked the day off!)... in the meantime, enjoy the coverage!
Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 Unboxed on Video!
I know video unboxings are a little pointless to some of you, but for a much-anticipated device like the Verizon BlackBerry Storm it seems completely necessary. Our friend across the pond already did the Ultimate Vodafone Storm unboxing (parts 1 and 2), so we'll keep this one pretty low key (we gotta get that Brit working for CrackBerry.com!).
There's no traditional CrackBerry green table for this unboxing though, since it was filmed in NYC. No tripod either, so I played the role of camera man and had a lovely assistant take the honor of unboxing my Verizon BlackBerry Storm. How da ya like that unboxing music? :-)
Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 Unboxing Pictures!