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Gary Krakow to market: Don’t give up on RIM yet


An interesting video above from Gary Krakow and TheStreet.com, in the wake of RIM’s earning reductions and recent distaste for RIM’s latest device offerings. Krakow’s message for those following RIM’s stock? Chill out. RIM’s stumbles are a reflection of industry wide problems and a troubled economy. Although I had to cringe when Krakow and his compatriot brought up Palm as another industry company facing tough times. RIM doesn’t want to go anywhere near Palm country.

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Krakow calls BlackBerry Storm ‘Best BlackBerry ever made,’ Pogue calls it a ‘dud’


It was to be assumed that RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry would cause some controversy, but I doubt anyone assumed it would be this much. The divergence in opinion over the BlackBerry Storm, with some considering it a worthwhile competitor to the iPhone, and others considering worthwhile only as a doorstop, seems to be getting only stronger.

Recently, two of the most authoritative technology columnists of the mainstream media (read: tech bloggers for old people), Gary Krakow and David Pogue, have come to odds over the BlackBerry Storm. Krakow, in the video above, calls the Storm ‘the best BlackBerry ever made.’ Pogue, however, places the Storm firmly in the ‘dud’ bin, and goes on to state:

I haven’t found a soul who tried this machine who wasn’t appalled, baffled or both.

This probably goes without saying, but I don’t think the BlackBerry Storm is for everybody. We’ll see if the rumored Verizon/Vodafone OS update this week will do anything to quell the unrest.

Pogue NYT BlackBerry Storm Review

Gary Krakow: Verizon should give away the BlackBerry Storm


Gary Krakow, Senior Technology Correspondent for TheStreet.com, posted an interesting article yesterday following Verizon’s official launch date and pricing announcement for the BlackBerry Storm 9530. Krakow essentially argues that Verizon is asking to high a price for the BlackBerry Storm, pointing to it’s higher expense over the iPhone 3G (both are $199, but the Storm technically requires a $50 mail in rebate) and the fact that Vodafone UK is giving away the Storm 9500 for free.

Now, I’m all for cheaper BlackBerrys, but I think asking for the Verizon Storm to launch for free is asking too much. Yes, Vodafone is giving away the Storm for free, and yes it would be a great way for Verizon to build hype and stick it to Apple and AT&T. However, Krakow notes in his post that “I’m not sure it could ever match the same sort of pricing as Vodafone in Great Britain,” and he’s 100% correct. The market conditions are just not such in North America that Verizon can release a brand new touchscreen BlackBerry for free, especially considering American consumers don’t expect this kind of treatment like our European counterparts do.

Personally, I think that the rebated $199 price for the BlackBerry Storm is very solid, if not spectacular. Thoughts?

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Gary Krakow hates the BlackBerry Scrollball


Gary Krakow, Senior Technology Correspondent for TheStreet.com is a man on a mission. In love with his BlackBerry 8820, which he has used for six months, Krakow is steaming mad that his BlackBerry’s scrollball no longer works. Interviewing his own IT people, Krakow discovers that the majority of the BlackBerrys used at TheStreet.com last about a month before having to be sent back for repairs. Stating that this is a “wake up call for the entire industry” (uh, Gary, how many other smartphone manufacturers do you know that use scroll balls?), Krakow demands that RIM offer the ability to remove and clean the BlackBerry scrollball similar to the old PC mice used in the mid-nineties.

My first thought upon watching this video was, “gee, the people at TheStreet have really dirty hands.” While BBCool HQ has run across the occasional sticky scrollball, our problems are nothing like those of Mr. Krakow and friends. To be fair, BlackBerry support document really doesn’t offer any significant advice on how to deal with the problem, but Gary, there’s a huge difference between the functionality of a $20 mouse and an $800 smartphone! So here’s a protip from us to you: gently wet your thumb before rolling the scrollball. Any unwanted dirt will stick to the moisture on the ball, making it much easier to remove.

To all our IT friends out there, I pose a question: does your company face a similar problem with BlackBerry scrollballs? Inquiring minds want to know.