re: RIM Empire Didn't Strike Back At BlackBerry World
The problem Microsoft has is that noone knows about it, plus they hate Microsoft for their crappy software that tries to shove unrelated, proprietary code down developers and consumers throats.
The PlayBook is rocking with the OS2.0 update. You even get Modern Combat Pegasus, which must be at least a ten buck game, free. And there is also two free leading race car games. That's $30 in games for free, on a $200 tablet.
I take it everywhere because it fits in my jacket pocket and pairs with my BlackBerry Curve 9300 with OS6.0. So it taps in with bluetooth to get free high-speed data on my $45 unlimited everything cell phone plan. Can't argue with that. Yes the phone is not impressive but I tell you that two years ago when I bought it, it was better than all the Androids I looked at and it was $299 with no contract.
Yes the Galaxy S had just come out when I purchased my Curve. At $699 I'd never pay that for a so-so phone. I have a friend with one and it takes ten minutes to type a sentence. If we are walking somewhere, they have to stop walking to type and then it takes literally minutes for them to get out their msg and even then the msg is shortened and full of spelling mistakes which is made worse by their autocorrect feature. You can't even understand what they are saying. I laugh at people who use one, that they are that trendy that they would sacrifice everthying - battery, cell, msging, email, security and privacy (its full of spyware) etc just for apps.
On a BB, you can walk and type and pump out sentences easy. Yes browser and apps are useless on OS6.0, but I have a tablet for apps. My phone primary purpose is communication, which BlackBerry excels at. Keep in mind I'm not using OS7.0 which is light years ahead of OS6.0.
Than there is the talk about developers and apps for BB. All I can say is that I've never been treated so well by a company before. Apple and Google ignore you ("ok I've reached out to Paul Irish and a couple others at Google once or twice in the past and they are exceptional people). But RIM has changed. They give you more ways to program than anyone else. They're not trying to shove anything down our throats. They are saying, code them any way you want, just give us apps and we are greatful to you. That's a developers dream. Reaching out with events, tools, libraries and compliance with standards that make our life easier.
What's also funny is how people say go "android" or go this way or that. Yet even Samsung doesn't want to be called "a Google Phone". How do you think that makes Samsung feel, that they are nearly entirely responsible for Android's platform's success, yet are only branding Google and not their own product. It's a marketing nightmare. If someone comes out with a better piece of hardware, Samsung can literally lose all the marketshare over night because they don't have a brand to stand on.
Also, for years bloggers have been saying "when is QNX going to make it to the phone". The experts, even at Intel, knew that QNX was perfect for mobile due to its microkernel OS. But then when BlackBerry tries to deliver with this company, everyone says the opposite. But it only took 1 year between acquisition of QNX and the PlayBook. By all means that is an amazing feat of corporate integration. But with BB10, we are looking at 2.5 years since acquisition, so I really believe they are going to deliver a phone that doesn't crash, that is easy on the battery and yet is more powerful in terms of browser, CPU and memory than any other phone.
The new camera feature on BB10 is going to be in demand - that is an awesome feature that takes a significant amount of processor speed to produce. There is also one other significant possibility that will make RIM double its marketshare and that is Nokia. If Windows Phone doesn't catch on that is the end of them, and they will break up and get sold, BlackBerry is in the best position to nab that marketshare in a matter of months. It is also in a position to steal its developers.
As much misfortune that has happened to RIM, everyone forgets that the future could bring some really great luck.