Lazaridis bashes touchscreens

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Finger-touchyFolks were quick to point out the iPhone-esque bezel on the BlackBerry Bold, but RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was equally quick to condemn those nay-sayers to an infernal pit of shame.

This is three years in the making. So I’m sorry but this wasn’t a response to another device. Either that or we have a time machine somewhere, or some kind of magic crystal ball or something. This was actually designed three years ago and the actual physical design of this product–I have the original models from 2006. … We have to be realistic about the history of [touchscreen] technology. We have to remember that this is not new–this has been done, this has been tried before. And there are other ways to provide a large screen and a Qwerty keyboard without compromising them by putting one on top of the other.

Of course, it might be a little trickier to say the same if the rumoured touchscreen Thunder comes to light, but then again, it does hint that if a touchscreen is in BlackBerry’s future, it won’t be in the way that the iPhone has established. It seems much more likely that a Treo-style keypad/touchscreen combo would happen before an iClone did.

So long as we’re talking about Mikey, there was another interview with the big kahuna at WES regarding his fave BlackBerry apps, which included Viigo, the top RSS reader for your BlackBerry… Pick it up! Cheers, Giz!

  • http://www.dragonhunting.com/ james

    I hope this means that a future device (or the rumored thunder) will have both touchscreen AND keypad like the sony smartphones or the treo, this to me is the best of both worlds, and blows the iphone away. Honestly typing on touchscreens is garbage. Ask any iphone user, they’re always in denial about this and come up with excuses like “oh i never txt message anyway” or “i’d rather just call them”. Riiight. Just means that for enterprise people who are glued to their email the BB will remain king.

  • http://www.dragonhunting.com james

    I hope this means that a future device (or the rumored thunder) will have both touchscreen AND keypad like the sony smartphones or the treo, this to me is the best of both worlds, and blows the iphone away. Honestly typing on touchscreens is garbage. Ask any iphone user, they’re always in denial about this and come up with excuses like “oh i never txt message anyway” or “i’d rather just call them”. Riiight. Just means that for enterprise people who are glued to their email the BB will remain king.