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Guspaz
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Re: BB10 launches Jan 30

said by urbanriot:

Not here, maybe in Montreal. Here 1/3 of my friends have Blackberries as do many of my business contacts. The other 2/3 are basically iPhones and I could probably count on one hand the amount of people that own Android phones (or know that they own an Android phone).

My anecdotal experience in Montreal differs. Almost everybody I know have Android phones. A small number have iPhones. Zero have Blackberries. Even all the corporate-type people at work have ditched their Blackberries.

said by urbanriot:

Yes. You can engage in a conversation with someone on your phone rather than Skype. Not sure if you've been paying attention but Microsoft has bold plans with Skype concerning Windows 8 phones.

You say "rather than Skype" as if it wasn't still having a conversation on your phone. In fact, Skype works anywhere, while BBM turns your blackberry into a glorified cordless phone; you can only use it if you don't move too far from your access point... Until it has a seamless handoff to cellular data (and why the heck doesn't it? Voice uses very little data), it's not all that practical either.

said by urbanriot:

I believe you haven't caught up on the technological aspects of what you're asserting and you're unaware of what a selling point is and is not. I know of people that have purchased Blackberries primarily for Blackberry services, email and BBM.

It's an instant messenger. It doesn't involve e-mail. Major selling points of the newest BBM update are "more emoticons" and "coloured chat bubbles" and "new animations". Once other IM services started working well enough, BBM had no real value. You haven't actually given any examples of how it's better than Android and Apple solutions.

said by urbanriot:

Wrong. Try using it for a while rather than trying to assert your opinions as fact. It would be easier to read what you write if you didn't portray yourself as a credible expert and rather portrayed your opinion for what it is.

Try using it? Umm, no thanks, I'd rather not spend hundreds of dollars and completely change my telephone plan just to get in on a dying platform from a terminally ill company.

said by urbanriot:

You made up, "BBM does not have a very good reliability track record over the past few years with very public downtime"; In our industry, we use it for global communications at bizarre hours of the day and it's affected our ability to communicate enough times for me to count on my hand. A few days in Oct, 2011? Big deal. We survived.

You might have survived. RIM didn't. It, and the other outages that followed, caused large numbers of enterprise users (including those in my company) to jump ship.

said by urbanriot:

You come across as an iPhone owning Apple fanboy who feels threatened by any service by a competing product that's better than what you currently have.

I have an iPhone. I got an iPhone because I broke my Samsung and the Pre wasn't yet on sale (dodged THAT bullet). Android, at the time, barely existed, and wasn't mature like it is today. I'm happy enough with it. I see no pressing need to switch. But you know what? I still think Android is a much better option than a Blackberry. And I don't think there are any relevant platforms on the market other than Android and iOS.

As for me being an Apple fanboy, I've got actively used computers in my apartment running all three major operating systems. My primary is Windows. I own a TI Android dev board. You, on the other hand, seem to be experiencing a reality distortion field far worse than the one Jobs ever put out. RIM is far more of a "burning platform" than Nokia ever was.
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urbanriot
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said by Guspaz:

You might have survived. RIM didn't. It, and the other outages that followed, caused large numbers of enterprise users (including those in my company) to jump ship.

When you refer to a 'track record' and 'other outages', you're really only referring to October 11, 2011? I just want to confirm that your assertions are really gross exaggerations of your opinion.

said by urbanriot:

You, on the other hand, seem to be experiencing a reality distortion field far worse than the one Jobs ever put out.

Well, I might seem that way to a pie-eyed Apple fanboy but in reality I'm someone who can objectively compare the differences of platforms and appreciate which platform has the better service in various departments without excluding others.

My bias is towards what's better in which department that's important to me, which is why my personal phone is an iPhone and my business phone is a Blackberry. Yes, unlike others that purport themselves as official experts, I can actually compare the two on a daily basis.


dirtyjeffer
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in the last couple of years, there have been several large scale RIM outages.


urbanriot
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said by dirtyjeffer:

in the last couple of years, there have been several large scale RIM outages.

The service bulletins are archived on RIM's site so it doesn't require a lot of trolling. The only two that have effected us in an annoying sort of way was the heavily broadcasted October 11, 2011, and the one in the summer that made it impossible to communicate with colleagues overseas.

We resorted to texting during those outages.


dirtyjeffer
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said by Guspaz:

Almost everybody I know have Android phones. A small number have iPhones. Zero have Blackberries. Even all the corporate-type people at work have ditched their Blackberries.

your observation mimics reality:

»www.informationweek.com/hardware···40142134

Gartner estimates that Google sold 122.5 million Android devices in the July - September period, doubling the 60.5 million it sold during the same period a year ago. That's massive growth, and it shows no signs of abating. Google says it is activating 1.3 million new Android handsets each and every day.

Apple posted growth, too, boosting sales from 17.3 million iPhones a year ago to 23.6 million this year. But Apple actually lost market share, dropping from 15% to 13.9%.

Sales of BlackBerrys dropped from 12.7 million to 8.9 million, and RIM's market share collapsed from 11% to 5.3%. Bada, Samsung's proprietary smartphone platform (which most people have probably never even heard of), shipped 5 million units, giving it 3% of the smartphone market. That's more than Symbian and Windows Phone. Symbian plummeted from 16.9% a year ago to a meager 2.6% this year.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform improved from 1.7% a year ago to 2.4% this year, with sales of just 4 million units during the third quarter of this year.
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I had the original 8500 Samsung Wave, and it had Bada. It was a very impressive device. It included many apps that you have to either buy, or put up with shitty ads for.

It wound up in the wash last year. I miss it.
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dirtyjeffer
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i had a Samsung Corby Pro (no idea what it used)...it was terrible and really turned me off "smart phones"...i used it for maybe a year and went back to my BB Pearl (which was just used as a phone)...i've had my iPhone5 for almost a month now and it is quite nice.


shaner
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My current phone is android. I love android. It offers me certain customizability and performance that no blackberry out today can match. Its also further along the innovation curve than apple is. That being said, I want BB10 to be awesome. If it is, then it will drive innovation among all OS's. But I also want it to succeed so that IT departments can offer a work solution that people actually want to use.

However, a quality os is no guarantee of success. Windows Phone 8 is a wonderful os, but nobody is moving to it en masse like they should be. Mostly because they're late to the dance and it requires a learning curve for people who have gotten used to android, ios and even blackberry. I'm hoping BB10 doesn't follow the same fate.
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pnjunction
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Reliable? The folks here still on BB have suffered through several outages while those of us with Exchange set up on android or ios have had completely uninterrupted service. My Nasdaq-listed company is bailing on BB in the coming months. They basically said it offers nothing that isn't available on the other platforms, which employees are increasingly choosing for their devices, and requires extra infrastructure and resources that aren't worth it.


dirtyjeffer
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said by pnjunction:

Reliable? The folks here still on BB have suffered through several outages while those of us with Exchange set up on android or ios have had completely uninterrupted service. My Nasdaq-listed company is bailing on BB in the coming months. They basically said it offers nothing that isn't available on the other platforms, which employees are increasingly choosing for their devices, and requires extra infrastructure and resources that aren't worth it.

yea...i'm not an IT guy, but as i said, what was once about 80 BB units is now less than 10, and everything "just works"...i don't know anything about how the stuff works, but it does...we still have more iPhones than Android devices, but the number of Android devices has steadily grown.
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urbanriot
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Yea, Blackberry Enterprise server is not as simple to manage as Activesync and there's far too many sadsack Microsoft / A+ certified IT people out there who can only handle simple things like Activesync which "just works".

Research in Motion fouled up when they released an upgraded software package that was harder to manage than the previous version. Rather than arrogantly tout the advanced abilities and greater administrative powers one has managing Blackberry's, they should have created a software package that community college level IT could manage as well.


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reply to dirtyjeffer
Gartner projects that Windows phone will be #2 at 19.5% market share by 2015. So far sales are ramping up as expected, with Windows Phone currently at 3.5%, tripling its market share in the past year.

»www.dailytech.com/Gartner+Estima···1318.htm

Gartner has correctly predicted Android's dominance of the smartphone OS, as well as Apple's plateau at its current 17% share of the smartphone market. The predict RIM will fall to 11% worldwide by 2015.
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Guspaz
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That prediction about Windows Phone was made in early 2011, from 2010 data, before Windows had seen any marketshare growth. It's basically a worthless projection based on gut feelings and not actual data. In fact they project that Windows Phone will be at 10.8% by 2012, when in fact Microsoft is at 3.5% in 2012.

The projection makes assumptions that didn't happen, like that Symbian share would convert into Windows share (didn't happen), and predates the Windows Phone 8 and the compatibility kerfuffle (WP7 and WP8 aren't backwards or forwards compatible), etc.

Also their prediction of RIM falling to 11% by 2015 is laughable since RIM already fell to 4.2% by 2012.
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