Weekly Contest: Winter Wonderland

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Gizmo SantaNow that the BlackBerry 8130 is out across Verizon, Telus and Bell, it looks like we’re all set for Christmas (unless RIM is feeling extra-cheeky, and sneaks out one more release before the snowflakes start falling). The earlier release should give carriers enough time to pimp out the new wares, but as ever at this time of year RIM is going to be seeing some competition. For this Weekly Contest we ask you fine readers: based on the toys that are out or on the way, what is RIM’s big competition going to be this holiday season? Is the iPhone going to pick up steam, or is the 8130 still slick enough to be a cool present? Are there any other gadgets you’re eying that you’d rather get than a new BlackBerry? Yeah, it might be a little early to be talking about presents and trees, but the one to comment with the best wish list will walk away with the Seasonal theme and two others from bPlay.


Only two entries for last week’s contest, The Big G, which asked what impact Android and the Open Handset Alliance on RIM’s game. Tim gave us a pretty solid run-down on what Android would facilitate, but John took the opportunity to bash Google’s gang. We’re not sure if HTC and Motorola are doing quite as bad as he says, but we admire the panache, and that’s enough to win him 3 themes from bPlay. Congrats John!

  • Robert

    Until something comes along to claim the title of “The Next Great Thing™”, the iPhone is the device to beat. That’s where the Blackberry’s main competition will be. Nokia has some spiffing devices hitting the stores, like the N95-3 and N95-8GB, plus the N81 and N82. SonyEricsson is (someday) releasing the W960 Walkman phone, the P1i, and a host of mid-range and low-end devices. Even Motorola seems to have learned their lesson about sticking with one design too long (RAZR burn) and is busy updating and/or releasing new models.

    Fortunately, RIM has been hard at work pumping out new models and adding significant features to current designs. WiFi anyone? GPS? All good stuff, and judging by their sales numbers RIM has got the formula down pat. Only a scant few of these competing mobiles are contenders for business use. And when you stack them up side-by-side with the Blackberry (whichever flavor you choose), they remain in the Blackberry’s shadow.

  • Robert

    Until something comes along to claim the title of “The Next Great Thing™”, the iPhone is the device to beat. That’s where the Blackberry’s main competition will be. Nokia has some spiffing devices hitting the stores, like the N95-3 and N95-8GB, plus the N81 and N82. SonyEricsson is (someday) releasing the W960 Walkman phone, the P1i, and a host of mid-range and low-end devices. Even Motorola seems to have learned their lesson about sticking with one design too long (RAZR burn) and is busy updating and/or releasing new models.

    Fortunately, RIM has been hard at work pumping out new models and adding significant features to current designs. WiFi anyone? GPS? All good stuff, and judging by their sales numbers RIM has got the formula down pat. Only a scant few of these competing mobiles are contenders for business use. And when you stack them up side-by-side with the Blackberry (whichever flavor you choose), they remain in the Blackberry’s shadow.

  • Terry S

    Dear Santa:

    I would like a Blackberry Pearl 8130 to replace my three year old dying Samsung I have from Sprint.
    Please also make Sprint have good customer service. It is VERY bad right now. Also please make my Sprint reception improve. I really don’t like being on the train talking to a friend and then I lose the call while everyone else who has different cell phone carriers keeps on talking. I’ve been very good this year. Please Santa?

    Sincerely,

    Terry S.

    :)

  • Terry S

    Dear Santa:

    I would like a Blackberry Pearl 8130 to replace my three year old dying Samsung I have from Sprint.
    Please also make Sprint have good customer service. It is VERY bad right now. Also please make my Sprint reception improve. I really don’t like being on the train talking to a friend and then I lose the call while everyone else who has different cell phone carriers keeps on talking. I’ve been very good this year. Please Santa?

    Sincerely,

    Terry S.

    :)

  • http://www.rtfitch.com/ R.T. Fitch

    No intent on winning this one, boys, as I am not going to supply you with a wish list; potent words from one satisfied owner of an 8800.

    I really do not see the iPhone being a realistic, competitive product to the Blackberry as it is a totally different animal aimed at an entirely different market. The iPhone is glitzy and flashy but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of doing business, it is useless. Can you get your corporate email on it? NO. Can you sync-up all your valuable Outlook components and turn it into your portable brief case? NO. The only thing you can do on it that you can’t do on the Blackberry is stream (and that IS on my wish list to RIM).

    Overall, with all of the current BB features, I don’t see another gadget out there that is going to do much for me. When you consider that I can send and receive company email, browse the web, listen to my favorite tunes, watch videos (stored on a media card), and even locate the nearest Starbucks…good grief, the only thing left is for it to pour me a beer and give me a kiss on the cheek and that sure isn’t happening by Christmas.

    So from my fair and balanced point of view I don’t see anything topping a BB on the wish list of a dedicated and hardened road warrior, it just ain’t out there.

  • http://www.rtfitch.com R.T. Fitch

    No intent on winning this one, boys, as I am not going to supply you with a wish list; potent words from one satisfied owner of an 8800.

    I really do not see the iPhone being a realistic, competitive product to the Blackberry as it is a totally different animal aimed at an entirely different market. The iPhone is glitzy and flashy but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of doing business, it is useless. Can you get your corporate email on it? NO. Can you sync-up all your valuable Outlook components and turn it into your portable brief case? NO. The only thing you can do on it that you can’t do on the Blackberry is stream (and that IS on my wish list to RIM).

    Overall, with all of the current BB features, I don’t see another gadget out there that is going to do much for me. When you consider that I can send and receive company email, browse the web, listen to my favorite tunes, watch videos (stored on a media card), and even locate the nearest Starbucks…good grief, the only thing left is for it to pour me a beer and give me a kiss on the cheek and that sure isn’t happening by Christmas.

    So from my fair and balanced point of view I don’t see anything topping a BB on the wish list of a dedicated and hardened road warrior, it just ain’t out there.