Touchscreen BlackBerry not an iPhone killer (not even close)

Photos of the BlackBerry Thunder are less then impressive so far.

As Apple announced that it sold over 1 million of the new iPhones already (despite the activation debacle), pictures of the newBlackBerry "Thunder"have surfaced and so far it looks embarassingly weak.

Admittedly, this isn't the final version and you'll never win me over with Comic Sans, but this just goes to show you how much farther along the iPhone is to anything else in the mobile universe.

This begs a few questions:
1. What device will challenge the iPhone?
Considering Apple already has large market share and the walled/open garden of applications it will be a tough slog for a new entrant.

2. If the functionality of a smartphone outweighs voice abilities is it a good choice?
I've mentioned in the past that AT&T doesn't work particularly well at my house, and that Verizon has come through for me a number of times, but at this point the iPhone is so superior to every other device I wonder if I should just bite the bullet and deal with the occasionally weak coverage.

I feel like maybe its time to give it another shot, but then I remember that just a few years ago the RAZR (which was plagued by bad battery life and running hot) was the hip thing to have.

Crackberry.com via Gizmodo

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