Author: Thought

ThoughtPiece: The Software Determines Success

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Although it probably won’t spark as much debate as his previous article, our main man Thought comes back swinging this week with a topic that is too often forgotten in the mobile hardware race: software. So sit back and enjoy his ruminations on how a killer application can mean more than processor speed or megapixels.

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ThoughtPiece: Do we really need Wi-Fi on a BlackBerry?

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Oh boy. Thought’s really looking to stir it up in his latest editorial. While many AT&T users are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the BlackBerry 8820 (Orange users, you can offer a smug smile right about now), our man Thought dares to ask the question: do we even need a Wi-Fi BlackBerry? This one is sure to create a lot of debate, so make sure to post a comment and let us know what you think.

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ThoughtPiece: The Hedgehog Concept

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Author Jim Collins, in his bestselling book, Good to Great, writes about something called the “Hedgehog Concept.” The term is derived from the Greek poet Archilochus, who wrote:

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

According to the old fable, the cunning and agile fox cannot win out over the slower, more awkward hedgehog. Each day the fox calculates a new line of attack on the hedgehog, only to have the hedgehog roll up into a perfect little ball with spikes sticking out. The fox then halts his assault, to try again the very next day with another impeccably thought-out strategy. The hedgehog’s familiar response is “Here we go again. Will he ever learn?”
Is there a resemblance to RIM here? Find out behind the jump.

ThoughtPiece: The State of the Smartphone Market

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With so many significant developments this year, I thought it might be a good time to take the pulse of the smartphone market and its main competitors.

RIM:
Upside: With record sales and their stock hitting all time highs, life is good for the folks at RIM right now. They are the entrenched leader in the enterprise market and will be for many years to come. Competitors cannot make up overnight for the years of engineering and refinement that have gone into the BlackBerry solution. They also are poised for growth in emerging global markets.
One obstacle they face: the fact that Apple will undoubtedly put a dent into their sales in the consumer market.

ThoughtPiece: BlackBerry and nationalism

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To my friends in Canada, July 1 was their national holiday, marking the establishment of Canada as its own autonomous country. Likewise, July 4 is the celebration of America’s independence. In that spirit, I’d like to reflect on the BlackBerry device and its place as a symbol for both countries.

It’s obvious why the BlackBerry is a proud symbol of Canada: it is created by a Canadian company, and a company that is doing quite well at that. RIM’s rise to success is a remarkable story, and one reflecting great ingenuity and business acumen. The whole world owes a debt of gratitude to this fine Canadian company and its products.

America has a particular attachment to BlackBerrys as well…

ThoughtPiece: Touchscreen vs. Keyboard: Which is Better?

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With the “iMminent” release of that little device from Apple, the debate has already begun as to which is preferable: a touchscreen with a virtual keyboard or a true keyboard. To me the question misses the main point, which is to ask yourself why you have a mobile smart phone in the first place. It isn’t that one is “better” than another; it is that each interface has its advantages depending on your intended purpose.

For those who need to type a lot of text, the true keyboard is most likely the superior choice. (I say “most likely” in that I have not yet tested the virtual keypad on the iPhone, and so cannot definitively give an opinion as to which I find easier to use.) So if you are like most BlackBerry users the mechanical keyboard will make the most sense.
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