I must say, I was hesitant when I first heard of RIM launching a touch screen device. Seems like the typical "fast-follower" approach on the heels of Apple's iPhone. Interestingly enough, it's a fantastic device - despite some getting used to, I found it to be quite intuitive, slightly more tactile feel (given it's touch screen click feel)...the major win over Apple's iPhone is the Storm's (or RIM for that matter) strength in email - it's actually one of the first touch screen devices I've actually enjoyed typing an email on...well done for nailing that!
The team over at RIM/Telus invited me to attend the launch party for the special device...to say the least, was a great event - lots of great product showcasing, great music (special presence from Canadian indie label Arts&Crafts - so extra points for supporting the local guys)...and to top it off...we all walked out with the blessed new device.
Point is...if you're going to launch a product...do it right, spend the money, make it relevant and authentic. Kudos to the organizers and the rest of the lot - job well done.