Inspecting gadgets

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from a touchscreen BlackBerry to the newest Bentley laptop.

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By  Patrick Elligett Published  November 23, 2008

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from a touchscreen BlackBerry to the newest Bentley laptop.

BlackBerry Storm

A touch of bad weather has been predicted for later this year, when the BlackBerry Storm settles in on shelves around the world. Wireless communications company, Research in Motion, has announced that the product will be made available across the world by the end of 2008, however at the time of writing there was still no word on when the product will become available in the MENA region.

As with most of the BlackBerry range of organisers, the storm appears to be a solid all-round performer. It includes the usual range of BlackBerry applications, along with a video and still camera, media players and GPS functionality. The touch screen phone includes a "clickable" interface, which basically means the screen will depress when touched. The creators claim the screen is "like a keyboard" and makes for easy typing.

The Storm will join the growing list of wannabees that have attempted to emulate Apple's popular new phone/organiser. BlackBerry products are a slight exception to this category however, having already established a solid customer-base by targeting businesses with their range of PDA products, which have proven popular with companies and IT executives for some years now.

The Storm does however remain slightly ahead of the iPhone in terms of talk time, with the latest BlackBerry claming close to five and a half hours.The Storm still finds itself well behind the iPhone on the storage front, coming with 1 Gbyte provided, but room to further upgrade memory capacity.

Although hardly groundbreaking, the typically wide range of available applications means the Storm may yet gather momentum in the Middle East.

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