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Why Do Those Buttons Have to Be Physical??
on October 20, 2011
To the previous reviewer, no, this device is definitely NOT a 1-star device.
I've got to give it a prop to RIM for fixing what mostly (not all) was wrong with Storm 2. The touch screen is actually quite responsive, and the keyboard is rather pleasant (although not as pleasant as iOS keyboard). Since I'm used to using touch screen only (no physical keyboard) on my iPhone, typing is not an issue. My biggest issue is with the four physical buttons on the bottom. They should have been touch-sensitive instead.
Those 4 buttons are necessary, because otherwise you won't be able to go Back, bring up Menu, and Answer/Reject calls. However, mixing touch interface with physical press is a sure recipe for disaster (I thought RIM has learned it the hard way with that terrible sure-press). When you're in the middle of the action on the screen (touch, swipe, slide, you name it), it is counter-intuitive to have to go back and physically press the buttons for the 4 important things they're needed for. It takes a second or two to realize that you need to go back to old-school press with those buttons. you touch the button, and then you realize why it's not responding: you need to press it! It is a pain to have to go back and forth between touch and press.
You might argue that you'll get used to it, but what's the point, really. It will slow you down. I don't mind the look of those buttons (unlike most reviews that complain mostly look-wise). I just wish they are touch sensitive, or are given the options to turn them touch sensitive or not.
As for the virtual keyboard, as I said earlier, they're surprisingly pleasant to use. Of course, if this is your first foray into non-physical keyboard on a smartphone, you will probably hate it. But then again, why would you get a touch-screen-ONLY BlackBerry when you know you need to have a physical keyboard?
As for OS 7, it is much more polished than OS 6. Movements are speedy, icons are gorgeous. The build quality itself is top notch. I like how smooth the screen is (save for those 4 buttons).