Research In Motion certainly isn't dead -- but is its condition terminal? RIM's decline from smartphone champ to also-ran has been years in the making, with the once-mighty mobile maker steadily losing market share to Android and iOS. More bad news for RIM: the emergence of Microsoft's revitalized mobile platform, including the arrival of large Windows Phone 8 handsets such as the HTC 8X.
RIM has its merits, of course, including an established enterprise ecosystem. And BlackBerry 10, RIM's next smartphone OS, may arrive sometime in January. It's unclear, however, if BB10 has the goods to stop RIM's steady slide to oblivion.