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Hands-on with the BlackBerry Storm 3: Early Release?

In late 2010 we posted an article which listed the BlackBerry Storm 3 specs and also pinpointed September 2011 as its release date, now we have some more information for you regarding its release along with a brief hands-on video.

A video which originally showed up on CrackBerry’s YouTube channel has been embedded at the end of this post, it shows about 1 minute of hands-on footage, the OS doesn’t look very responsive, especially given the fact that a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of RAM are rumored to be powering the handset, however let’s not forget that the OS will improve as developers smooth out bugs.

The Storm 3 is headed to Verizon this year, however SlashGear suggest that it may well arrive before the rumored September release date, CrackBerry say that the device may not be called the Storm 3 at launch, despite it being the successor to the Storm 2.

There are a few positives to take from the video, its form-factor looks quite desirable and the screen looks vibrant, we look forward to seeing some hands-on footage of the Storm 3 when its OS is less buggy and RIM have managed to get the most out of its impressive technical specifications.

It will be interesting to see how the Storm 3 competes with the high-end touchscreen smartphones when it arrives later this year, last year RIM sold a lot of BlackBerry Curves and BlackBerry Bolds, having owned the Bold 9700 myself I have to admit that despite it being a solid smartphone it feels very dated and not really an alternative to high-end Android / iOS devices in terms of intuitivity, perhaps the Storm 3 will change this.

Will you be switching from BlackBerry to Android / iOS this year?

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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