Opera’s monthly report for June took a look at the popular handsets that folks are using with their mobile browser all around the world and BlackBerry got all kinds of gold stars – being one of the top most popular handsets to feature Opera. Commenter mikedoan said:
“…Do the results that you speak of really point to the BB’s popularity as a handset or is it just another indication/reinforcement of the fact that most BB user’s receive a substandard browsing experience (using the native BB Browser).“
That leaves us to wonder about all the other stuff that has been left out of the BlackBerry experience, like, say, HTML e-mail viewing and how much of an opportunity stuff like that presents for BlackBerry developers. Are third-party developers just being clever in finding the gaps they can fill, or is RIM just doing a poor job of loading up BlackBerrys with all the functionality they have? What are your baseline expectations for a smartphone, and is RIM meeting them? How much does RIM depend on developers to pick up where they left off? Give us your take on what the BlackBerry has to offer and where software developers fit and win five device skins from Decalgirl and six months of service from SugarSync.
Our iPhone 3G versus BlackBerry contest got lots of interest. Some folks, like Jorge and Michael were fully considering the iPhone’s fresh enterprise offerings due to its ease of set-up. From an IT perspective, the switch makes sense, but Andrew points out that power users will get sick of the touchscreen keypad when the iPhone is locked down to strictly an e-mail device. The iPhone also doesn’t quite stand up to security concerns, as MobileAdmin points out.
While MobileMe might be the most commonly-agreed factor hitting RIM where it hurts, others, like Ed, pointed to RIM losing out in the consumer department because of the growingly-popular touchscreen experience, and that the BlackBerry Thunder should come out as soon as possible to meet that demand. David and blee were quick to bash RIM for not marketing their competitor sufficiently.
It’s a really tough call this week, but I think we’re going to give the BBCool shirt and a year’s subscription to SugarSync to Stac. After seeing the demand face-to-face, and knowing how much easier it is to get e-mail rolled out from an IT standpoint, he’s clearly seen how the iPhone is nailing RIM right in the kisser.
Thanks for ALL of the great participation, guys. The iPhone versus BlackBerry debate is a heated topic, and not one that will be resolved any time soon.