In response to the recent strong words coming from RIM co-CEO Jim Balsille the past couple of days, financial analyst Tim Beyers over at The Motley Fool has offered his take on the situation. While he admits that Balsille is right when he says that one new smartphone coming out does not a death knell make, Beyers also points out that surviving the iPhone doesn’t mean remaining a market leader.
So why does Balsillie feel compelled to respond to the iPhone months before there’s even a product available to show? Perhaps it’s because, given the one-hit wonder that is its proprietary email system, today’s RIM looks as vulnerable to me as Apple did 22 years ago. (Curiously enough, once and future CEO Steve Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985.)