RIM COO wants to take Apple out for a drink

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Steve Jobs with a BeerIn a recent interview regarding the BlackBerry Bold’s launch versus the iPhone 3G, RIM’s Chief Operating Officer Dennis Kavelman is still in line with the attitude that Apple’s just giving BlackBerry more press.

“‘I want to buy them a drink,’ he said, adding he hoped people would walk into shops looking to buy a competing phone but walk out with a Bold. … ‘It’s great to do the glitz; anybody can build toys and just focus solely on the multimedia stuff – and lots of people want to buy toys – but I think what we’re trying to do is say here’s everything that makes a BlackBerry a BlackBerry, and we’ve packaged it in something that looks really fashionable … and you don’t have to give up all the multimedia stuff.’”

This has been the long-standing angle RIM has taken when it comes to Apple, and it’s either stupid or admirable that they continue to shrug off the iPhone as not a big deal, especially when they’re making a full-blown wannabe.

(via Stuff.co.nz)

  • http://2muchtech.blogspot.com/ joseph steig

    frighteningly this sounds just like the sort of bluster that Ballmer uses. hopefully RIM is taking Apple seriously. just like MS, RIM has to compete against a 2008 operating system in the iPhone with their own much dated system.

  • http://2muchtech.blogspot.com/ joseph steig

    frighteningly this sounds just like the sort of bluster that Ballmer uses. hopefully RIM is taking Apple seriously. just like MS, RIM has to compete against a 2008 operating system in the iPhone with their own much dated system.

  • Albert

    Maybe I’m just too much of an IT geek, but honestly what does the iPhone OS have or do that I cannot do on the BlackBerry OS?

  • Albert

    Maybe I’m just too much of an IT geek, but honestly what does the iPhone OS have or do that I cannot do on the BlackBerry OS?

  • BlogReader

    and you don’t have to give up all the multimedia stuff

    Translation: hey we finally made a phone that can stream!!1!

    Dennis : what exactly makes a blackberry a blackberry? A keypad? Push email? Having to take the battery out to powercycle to fix a networking issue? A craptacular development environment? Except the last 2 the iPhone has it.

  • BlogReader

    and you don’t have to give up all the multimedia stuff

    Translation: hey we finally made a phone that can stream!!1!

    Dennis : what exactly makes a blackberry a blackberry? A keypad? Push email? Having to take the battery out to powercycle to fix a networking issue? A craptacular development environment? Except the last 2 the iPhone has it.

  • Carlos

    I live in Waterloo so I know quite a few RIM employees, especially in marketing – trust me when I say that they’re giving more thought to the iPhone then they did a month ago. With the phone selling like hotcakes, they’re breaking down the phone and really studying it to see why people are willing to wait in line for such a device (toy or not). For what it’s worth, they were also surprised iTunes became such a success because of the spread of illegal music… In regards to the statement, they have 3 products coming out before Christmas (bold, thunder, kickstart) – of course they’ll downplay the capabilities of the iPhone.

  • Carlos

    I live in Waterloo so I know quite a few RIM employees, especially in marketing – trust me when I say that they’re giving more thought to the iPhone then they did a month ago. With the phone selling like hotcakes, they’re breaking down the phone and really studying it to see why people are willing to wait in line for such a device (toy or not). For what it’s worth, they were also surprised iTunes became such a success because of the spread of illegal music… In regards to the statement, they have 3 products coming out before Christmas (bold, thunder, kickstart) – of course they’ll downplay the capabilities of the iPhone.

  • BR14

    A 2008 operating system? Are you kidding? At least you can cut and paste with a BlackBerry. Even my old Mobitex device could cut and paste.

    While the iPhone is cool for media and browsing, thats about as far as it goes. Touch screens cannot replace a real keyboard for ease of entering data (I had a touch screen on my 2001 iPaq incidentally – it also had wi-fi etc.)

    It’s a pretty safe bet that BlackBerrys will continue to rule the corporate space once the hype dies down. I imagine thats RIM execs view also.

    Now add a slidable keyboard to the large screen and you could have a winner.

    Is the iPhone push email the same quality as RIMs? Is it integrated with MS Exchange or Lotus Notes for example? Better be if they want to be in the corporate space.

  • BR14

    A 2008 operating system? Are you kidding? At least you can cut and paste with a BlackBerry. Even my old Mobitex device could cut and paste.

    While the iPhone is cool for media and browsing, thats about as far as it goes. Touch screens cannot replace a real keyboard for ease of entering data (I had a touch screen on my 2001 iPaq incidentally – it also had wi-fi etc.)

    It’s a pretty safe bet that BlackBerrys will continue to rule the corporate space once the hype dies down. I imagine thats RIM execs view also.

    Now add a slidable keyboard to the large screen and you could have a winner.

    Is the iPhone push email the same quality as RIMs? Is it integrated with MS Exchange or Lotus Notes for example? Better be if they want to be in the corporate space.

  • http://samuelfebres.com/blog portorikan

    Let’s just say I use my Blackberry for calling people and getting my email. IM as well.

    It’s laughable to thing I would use it for listening to music, or watch movies on it because it’s so horrible.

    Now, a good different to find out would be, do people find using an iphone for web browsing and email laughable as I do my Blackberry for media?

  • http://samuelfebres.com/blog portorikan

    Let’s just say I use my Blackberry for calling people and getting my email. IM as well.

    It’s laughable to thing I would use it for listening to music, or watch movies on it because it’s so horrible.

    Now, a good different to find out would be, do people find using an iphone for web browsing and email laughable as I do my Blackberry for media?