BlackBerry Image Suffering From Storm Bugs

Touch screen phone perhaps rushed because of problems with earlier smart phone launch

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Initial reviews of the BlackBerry Storm are mixed, at best. Advertising Age declared it a full-blown PR setback for the normally reliable smart phones.

But most of the problems can be fixed by software upgrades from maker Research in Motion, and we should expect those soon, says Al Sacco at the Mobile WorkHorse blog:

For whatever reason, RIM and Verizon Wireless shipped the Storm with poor code, and that means early adopters and reviewers made first impressions of the device based on flawed—and very buggy—software.

Maybe the Storm, which I liked despite some rough edges, was rushed because RIM is under pressure. Delays on the earlier BlackBerry Bold helped depress projected profits this quarter.