Politicians Smash BlackBerry Storm in DC

via Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz on 3/6/09

The country and the world is going to hell but, hey, what are Republicans and Democrats worrying about in Washington? They are whining about how much their BlackBerry Storm sucks:

The BlackBerry, to me, is a utilitarian too. It's not easy to send e-mails on that thing [the BlackBerry Storm]. It is not a good touch screen, and it's not like the iPhone, where there are so many other great features to it.

Those are the words of Rodell Mollineau, communications staff director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who also adds the tale of a senior adviser to Reid who changed his iPhone for a BlackBerry Storm:

Three days later. I literally walk in and he's cursing with four-letter words, and he was slamming it down, saying, ‘I can't get e-mail to work all right.' It just is not for people here who mainly use their BlackBerrys for that.

Things are so "bad" there that the House administrative office is setting up a workshop on the Storm for people working there. Which brings up the question: Why in hell did they ditch their old phones to get a fancy piece of crap that has been smashed by reviews before? And these are the guys who have our future in their hands. [Politico]

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