I think many people have overlooked one con that may be the deal breaker for me. Its the weight. The new storm is going to be 5.5 oz. Thats about 15% heavier than the 8830 (4.6oz). And the size of the Storm is about sliver smaller length and width of the 8830. So why the big increase in weight? For a device that small it will be like a piece of lead. Its even .75 oz heavier than my current Samsung i760.
A 5.5 oz phone is almost as heavy as the HTC6800 5.8oz.
I personally think the HTC Diamond Touch at 4.1 oz is where the new RIM should be at. At least the Storm should be no heavier than 4.6 oz 8830.
Weight=Quality. The Storm has a glass screen and metal backing; that's going to put on a little extra weight, but you still don't have to be a body builder to use something that weighs 5.5 oz. It weighs about as much as a bar of soap.
I agree that a lil weight feels good in the hand. I disagree with you both about 5.5 oz. (That is too much weight for something this small). The current 8800 series is the perfect weight to size proportion. Its not too light and not heavy, yet feels very solid. If you owned a Moto RAZR, would you want it to be 3 oz? or 6 oz? Sure it feels solid at 3oz, but what would it be like at 6? My old Dell AXIM 30 was 5.5 oz. And it was a lot bigger than the new Storm. I just think something the size of the Storm and the iPhone should not be over 5 oz. And 4.5 oz is the sweetspot for a PDA phone this size. For 5.5 it better have an extended batter and a slide out keyboard.
An anology would be the 3 pound MacBook Air. Would you buy it if it were 5 ... (continues)