re: RIM BlackBerry Outages Day 3: U.S. Hit
We are already part-way out the door from BlackBerry; presently, the only thing keeping my 9700 Bold with me is the awesome keyboard.
Otherwise, the sluggishness of the device is what kills the user experience, and data outages such as this one make me not want to rely on this for use. As it is, my contacts get corrupted via BlackBerry Protect's duplication of entries and the browser crashes whenever visiting major websites (such as CNN's)--Flash was supposed to be supported (via Adobe's Open Screen Project) years ago, yet this otherwise recent device still has no Flash capabilities (and Flash is now being depreciated due to other prominent firms deciding to not add it to their high-selling devices).
My present BlackBerry device (9700 Bold) feels under-powered, under-developed for a contemporary user, and under-supported by the company (RIM). I'm thinking of going to Windows Phone 7 or Android for my next device (depending on how Mango and Ice Cream Sandwich go)--I'm not a fan of iOS much, and do not want to pay the "Apple Tax" for otherwise commodity phone hardware which will now match (when the 4S is released, and I realize that Apple makes the A5 for themselves these days, but running ARM, IIRC) that of Android hardware already on the market for over three months now.
As for BlackBerry? You were sort-of decent at one time, and were never as good as Palm OS 3.5 was IMHO, but your time has already come and now has sadly gone into "tech history."