BBCool: What do you mean you can’t do anything on a BlackBerry?
Where is streaming video/audio? Video conferencing? Real mp3 player, real video player? Real applications? I think the OS is really the problem.
BBCool: Without the BlackBerry, the iPhone would still be a glimmer in Steve’s eyes, I think.
They keep adding on but not changing. You of all people know how much a BlackBerry freak I am. I just think and know that they are scrambling over in waterloo right now. Thank God the first 8800 is without a camera â€“ at least some people will corporate users will buy it.
BBCool: So what? Do you think people are just going to bail on BlackBerrys now?
Let me ask you this.. $499 for iPhone, or $499 for an 8800. What would you pick?
BBCool: To be honest, the iPhone. I’m a Mac user, have been almost since day one, and I think it looks great.
See! Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m talking about…that damn thing is just so crazy. iPod, video, html email! Iâ€™m pretty sure theyâ€™ll have iChat.
BBCool: But I didn’t say I was dumping my 8700.
No, I didnâ€™t ask that. I said what would you rather spend your $499 on – you said iPhone. Why? Cecause you know the 8800 is nothing different. Itâ€™s a new shell with almost the exact same OS. We want different things. One of the problems with RIM is that they are so corporate. They really need to setup a totally separate company for consumers because this is crazy. Where is our AIM? Our MSN? They say the carriers are holding it up? Bullshit. And now Cingular is fully committed to iPhone. Thatâ€™s the largest network for BlackBerrys. Whatâ€™s going to happen now?
Like I had been saying all along – RIM lost. Think about this: can you even imagine the advertising campaign for the iPhone? And I didnâ€™t mean RIM lost like that, I meant with advertising and marketing.
BBCool: RIM’s always lacked in that department, but look at how well they’ve done WITHOUT good advertising
Thatâ€™s fine, but not when you need consumers. Look at the Pearl. All they did was replace devices. Out of every pearl they sold 30% was activations? Iâ€™m not crapping on RIM, Iâ€™m saying that things have to change. No matter what industry youâ€™re in, this is a HUGE wakeup call for everyone.