It wasn’t all that long ago that we jumped on board the BlackBerry bandwagon and gave you a glimpse of what’s to come with the BlackBerry Storm 2. Since then a lot has changed. Vodafone have the handset exclusive and a reliable source have informed us that Blackberry may be shaking off the Storm title and re-naming it the BlackBerry Odin. Better still we’ve got our hands on the Odin itself.
First things first and the question on everybody’s lips, ‘have BlackBerry sorted out that dreadful attempt of a touchscreen that we encountered with the first Storm. Well as with everything, if at first you don’t succeed try and try again, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. The clickable screen is still here, but with a much-appreciated facelift. There are now four sensors registering finger input, opposed to the original one, making typing a lot easier. Apart from that obvious improvement, it’s still pretty similar to its predecessor.
The only other welcome change is threaded messaging, but that’s pretty standard smartphone weaponry these days. Generally, the browser performed at a much faster pace on the BlackBerry Odin than the original Storm. The downside being it still doesn’t support flash and although it’s a lot better than the previous attempt, it’s still way off iPhone standard.
Design-wise, again there isn’t much difference. The only major change can be found at the bottom of the screen. The four buttons now use the same technology as the screen, so are more of an extension of the display rather than standard ‘raised’ buttons. If it’s a light handset you’re after, then steer clear of the Odin, coming in at a hefty 155g.
Check out the Specs for the The BlackBerry Odin, which is expected to hit the shops on the 26th October.