Hands–on with the BlackBerry Storm

I've just hotfooted it back from a swanky central London hotel where RIM has been showing me the awesome new touchscreen BlackBerry Storm. As you can

I've just hotfooted it back from a swanky central London hotel where RIM has been showing me the awesome new touchscreen BlackBerry Storm. As you can see from the shots, it's not been on any kind of low–fat diet, but the fairly sizeable bod' houses features (not to mention a screen), that make the competitors look, well, amateurish.Let's kick off with the touchscreen. RIM has managed to squeeze in multitouch, making this the first phone to actually match the iPhone. The G1's screen is great, but this takes things to a whole new level.On top of the usual multitouch, the Storm's screen is actually one big button. That means that when you land on an email, track or URL, you press it like you would any key on a regular phone. That means no accidenentally slipping into apps or sites you don't want, a real bugbear for some Apple fans.The music player is a dream too. It syncs with iTunes, has similar functionality and can be hooked up to your stereo via Bluetooth.We were also treated to a look at movies on the screen, which looked crisp and clear. Plus, we had a play with the more than capable 3.2MP snapper.In all, RIM has made a phone that can rival iPhone, no question. Whether it will in the eyes of the public remains to be seen. Seeing as it'll be free on a £35 a month contract, I reckon there's a good chance.