I've not owned 1 RIM device that I can think of. my ex was a fanatic. She had the qwerty first and I had the "knock off" a Windows 6.0 phone that I wouldn't have relied on if my car broke down in Manhattan while parked and was about to get towed in 25 minutes and only a call was needed for crisis aversion.
"I'd be glad to compare phones, but I can't type fast enough to list them!" <-- HA Try LAG on a p4 laptop with 512 mb Alan!! I mean I've gone through 3 laptops in 16 months. (the oldest out of the three is still the baddest)
The perception problem with RIM/blackberry in the enterprise that I see: workers don't seem to "choose" a blackberry, they are "forced" to accept it as corporate norm. Maybe a marketing campaign with the message, "I choose blackberry"? I think it would fly, but with a chuckle or two from the iPhone and Android crowds.
@Alan not headsets.. the DELIVERY!! :)) utilizing TRUSTED peripherals for its consistent quality, WHICH PHONE provides the best output. It's NOT all the same.. EVERY device and its driver seem to have its own interpretation of sound.
I had an Ericsson A1228di TDMA phone. It was blue, and pretty and awesome. And had scanner capabilities built in. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_uji3SmIXRMw/SCDrcQwn36I/AAAAAAAAGHU/q9ByzIfzvHw/s320/Ericsson%2BA1228.JPG
I like how you quoted portable. Lugging those things around wasn't always a treat. My sister had a Motorola DynaTAC. Remember the trick where you could put a piece of metal across the pins and use certain codes to turn the Motorola phones into scanners? Worked better than old school baby monitors.
@Nathan: Yes, why not? It may be a good business for a cretaive company, knowing what to do with it and how to d it, changing things here and there and adapting/evolving RIM - but not keeping it as it is
@nathanwosnack "The moment Google Android handset developers make hardware that doesn't feel like cheap, flimsy plastic is the moment I consider switching over. Right now the Apple 4x phones are solid. Heavy, and made of quality material."; hush your mouth!! have you seen what the Motorola Maxx(? <-- Alan please check me on this) does with the BATTERY LIFE?
The moment Google Android handset developers make hardware that doesn't feel like cheap, flimsy plastic is the moment I consider switching over. Right now the Apple 4x phones are solid. Heavy, and made of quality material.
Mary, remember when Microsoft gave Apple $100 million and took shares and part ownership until 2002? Some memos leaked out show it was because of their long relationship, and of the patent war that may have ensued if Bill Gates didn't cooperate.
@Alan R Precisely and when theeir "unique selling proposition" becomes shrouded and overshadowed by comsumer-oriented qualities, they are vulnerable when the New and Improved consumer qualities - E.G. Android , iOS - come to rule the kingdom.
BB loyalists, and longtime users, (for unique, right reasons,) can tell you that the Company abandoned every "promise" such as "We will never become thus-and-so..." or "We won't become another amalgam like XYZ..." but ALL those promises were abandoned to the point where they they tried to be all things to all people, thus, competeing against most all others. Theere is nothing new in the anals of business history of companies who extrapolate to the point where they eventaully crash and burn , and then get "back to their roots."
I have had three BlackBerries and hated each of them. I also never understood what was so great about the email. I know everyone says it's BlackBerry's one saving grace, but I was never blown away by that.
Okay, here's another thing I see with RIM; they have highly technical support staff, and complex secure systems, that require a lot of training. Lots of custom made stuff, that would require an immense amount of training to any company who takes over. So the Microsoft + Nokia partnership for a take over would not necessarily be a perfect fit.
Agreed, Awilliams. But who do you think should focus there? Should it be players like Nokia and RIM that aren't going to succeed in the US? Or should it be Apple, which is so crazy successful and has the means to support the developing world?
Do yo know the 'Playbook' has a 'Workspace' completely partitioned from the 'Playspace' and also using the phone as a clicker when using the 'playbook' on 'presentation' streaming data from enterprise server.
@Nicole well how about videos in general? ALL the content of the Social Web. is it fair for the gifted hearing impaired? how much content are they missing out on that would allow them to compete ahead of the curve? new media content that is.
Awilliams: It seems to me that there's no future for Blackberry. Maybe others disagree. But if there's not, I wonder what becomes of RIM. Also, here's something to ponder: Should Apple buy RIM? Should Google?
That's a good question, and something to wait and see. The strategy seems to be in firing employees at the manufacturing sites in Finland and opening new manufacturing sites in Vietnam. They save money that way, and keep Finns very unhappy, all at the same time!
So it seems. A pity, though. I insist there should be a change of CEO. Today I got a release that seems to be positive if Nokia focuses on the developing markets and mobile phones instead of smartphones
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