Let me get right to the point: The online media seems to be hellbent on ruining RIM and the BlackBerry name.
I don’t understand it, really.
Instead of giving the benefit of the doubt to the company who literally invented the smartphone, all the tech blogs have been doing recently is downright hating on it. Why all the hate? I’m not suggesting that RIM hasn’t been a bit of a laggard these days with their BB OS, but it’s a bit of a stretch to think that they’ll be completely out of the game any time soon.
RIM isn’t stupid. They know that they need to do something, and they need to do it now. Don’t ask me why they’re pushing the PlayBook before they refresh their aging BlackBerry line with the new QNX OS, but clearly they just want to get that out of the way so that they have their hands in the tablet market before they’re left out of that game too.
Fact of the matter is, most of the people I know still have BlackBerries. It seems to me that these bloggers (whom most of which seems to be located in the West Coast, where the Apple stronghold is much stronger than it is here in the East) see their colleagues with their iPhones and Androids and think that there is no one left on the planet with a BlackBerry.
Newsflash: The world doesn’t revolve around the Bay Area.
RIM’s recently leaked roadmap indicates that they plan for a release of BB OS 7 by the end of this year. You can rest assured that RIM knows full well that this OS release needs to be their brand spanking new QNX OS, otherwise I may end up writing up a grim entry when I find out that it is not.
So, I’d really wish the media would not continue to brainwash people into thinking that the BlackBerry is dead or that it is so inferior to iOS or the Android platform, when in reality it is still a completely viable platform that is alive and kicking. And frankly, there are a lot of features that are BB exclusive that would make it very hard for me to leave behind (and no, it’s not BBM).
Bring on the future of the BlackBerry, RIM. We’re waiting.