I agree. And for that reason, I'd be very unhappy if RIM were bought out by Microsoft or Nokia or whomever. Shareholders, of whom I'm not one, might have a different opinion but we need high-tech companies headquartered right here in Canada. Nortel is gone. Corel is a shell of its old self. Newbridge, Cognos and many others have been taken out. Today, we've pretty only got RIM and not much else.Aside: As a Canadian who works in high-tech, I personally want RIM to succeed, because I think that it's a good thing for the city of Waterloo, the province of Ontario, and the country as a whole. It attracts bright minds and good talent, and is one of very few high-tech Canadian companies which operates on a truly international stage.
Haha yea pretty much sums it up BB is good for girls who only text/talkOn the other hand, consumer tastes can be very fickle. I see the girls around here all getting BBs now -- the iphone was popular since it was the cool toy that was both a phone and an ipod and a touch-screen video game thingamagig, and better for media/websurfing... but it's not a particularly good phone, and it's not great for lots of texting.
Having used a few "not so smart" phones I would agree in general, but keep in mind that RIM has a large corporate installed base and many companies block access to their Exchange servers by all smartphones except Blackberry, primarily for security reasons. My company is one of them -- a lot of employees bought iPhones only to discover that they couldn't use them to get their corporate e-mail, or even connect to the VPN. Despite petitions and pleas to the IT department, the lockdown remains in place and they show no sign of changing their minds.Anyone who wants a computer in their hand gets far more real capability with the iPhone.
Yes I agree the perceived security concerns will be there for a while yet. I also agree a lot of people will end up carrying 2 devices as I do, unless they made an OS that can swap from work to personal and a way to split the bill. But I'm sure they're happy selling 2 devices to everyone (consumerism/capitalism at its best)This situation could change as Apple addresses whatever perceived security and compatibility concerns that IT security officers are worried about with the iPhone. I still think BB is going to be popular among corporate users for quite some time to come. A lot of my coworkers carry a BB for work and an iPhone for everything else.
Actually the Nokia E71 (the phone I currently use) does this, although it doesn't provide a way to split the bill of course. You can choose work mode or personal mode, and you customize your applications set, appearances, etc. for each mode. It's a pretty cool feature.unless they made an OS that can swap from work to personal and a way to split the bill.