An interesting article is up on Red Herring about the current state of the PC industry. It points to the recent struggles of three titans within the industry — Microsoft, Dell and Intel — as signs of change. And while the author gives many, many potential reasons for the “end of Wintel,” one of them just happens to be the BlackBerry.
The article’s author points to the fact that “smartphones” like the BlackBerry 7130 have become more networked computers than phones, providing email, instant messaging, and social networking applications — just the kind of thing the average consumer uses a PC for. Looking at the recent hype surrounding T-Mobile’s launch of the SideKick 3, the author also asks when was the last time people lined up to buy a PC.
So, question of the day, folks: are devices like the BlackBerry killing the PC?