For anyone who questions whether the Apple
RIM just recently announced a flip version of the BlackBerry, and details are now trickling out that Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications
In an attempt to one-up the iPhone, the Storm's touchscreen is expected to have haptic feedback -- a slight vibration that occurs when a button is pressed in order to give the fingers a better feel for the flat-screen keys. The lack of tactile feedback is one reason many people argue that the iPhone won't break the enterprise, as typing out emails is more cumbersome for some.
If the pairing of Verizon and RIM is an exclusive launch, it will answer the AT&T/ Apple partnership, Sprint Nextel's
As I've noted before, Verizon isn't known for getting the jump on competitors by locking up exclusive launches of highly anticipated new hardware. But it appears all of the major operators now have their killer devices staged for the coming holiday, with lines drawn in the sand around their best shot at the smartphone space.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock will likely observe the smartphone war from the sidelines, not as a participant. He owns shares of Motorola and is the author of The Qualcomm Equation. Sprint Nextel is an Inside Value selection. Google is a Rule Breakers pick. Apple is a Stock Advisor recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy can't hit a nine-iron, let alone a three-iron.