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Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on September 23, 2013, 16:27:
Reading the various stories about BlackBerry letting people go and announcing their intent to leave the consumer market has me wondering. Can Blackberry survive? The BlackBerry was my first smarphone. Though it was very much a Love/Hate relationship, they did a lot of things right for the corporate market but not enough for me as a power user. And ultimately it is why I stick with Android phones and currently don't have any plans on making any changes.

So does this news mean that BlackBerry is doomed to go the way of Palm and become a footnote in the history of mobile computing? Or will a new investor be able to pull them out their slump and make them relevvent again?

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Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on September 24, 2013, 15:36:
Sadly, I think it's all over for them. Corporate clients will bleed away.

I read somewhere that when Apple first announced the iPhone, the leadership at Blackberry didn't believe it was real... that it was impossible to make a device like that. That's the day they were doomed.
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on September 24, 2013, 15:45:
I think it is possible for a company with a solid, unique offering to carve out a niche in the mobile market. I'm not convinced BlackBerry is that company based on their execution over the last few years. It's not enough to just check the boxes for "hardware", "OS", and "app store". You have to offer a solid experience with all that plus add some kind of unique sauce.

I think the Lumia brand is far more likely to stay relevant given the fairly unique emphasis on photography, assuming Microsoft doesn't completely blow it. Meanwhile, in BlackBerry-land, I'm pretty sure approximately nobody gets hot and bothered for a physical keyboard these days.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on September 24, 2013, 16:24:
They do seem to be in serious Dodo.

I just wish for a network out here that could support smart phones.

How many remember the "Newton" if those patents have gone into public domain combine those into a smart phone.
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on September 25, 2013, 03:12:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
Meanwhile, in BlackBerry-land, I'm pretty sure approximately nobody gets hot and bothered for a physical keyboard these days.

Rule 34.

But seriously, I know some people who are quite attached to their Blackberry mobile devices and the aforementioned keyboard. However, I know /far more/ iPhone converts from Blackberry. I really don't see how Blackberry can win in the hardware realm going forward, except in EMEA - it seems to be a bit more popular there.

Similarly, I really don't see Windows phone taking off. Blackberry had the first-mover advantage and they got complacent. BB started in the corporate realm and only took off with everyday consumers because they seemed more useful than phones of the day. iPhone delivered the 'more useful' in a much more user-friendly and GUI-rich manor (full screen web FTW) and slowly chipped away at BB with ever-improving models while BB plateaued. Android was all about the Benjamins - it was close enough to iPhone for a fair bit less starting out, though it's clearly come into its own these days. (iOS seems to be copying Android features over in each new release [Razz] )
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on September 25, 2013, 11:17:
I still miss my keyboard occasionally. I was pretty good at touch typing with my thumbs when I switched to my touchscreen phones. And once in a while when i have flubbed a good number of words during a single text, I tend to get a bit nostalgic.

I have played with some of the newer consumer Blackberry phones and they have been nice. But there just isn't the range of options that I can get with iOS or Android. Even Microsoft Mobile suffers from similar issues. The missus has Nokia Lumia and while it is honestly a nice and solid platform, there are just enough holes in the offering (Settings, abilities, and Apps) to keep me from considering a switch. But I will say that Nokia's hardware is still very very nice.
Posted by ewomack (Member # 3225) on September 26, 2013, 21:23:
All things must pass... lasting even 5 years in today's tech market now counts as an accomplishment in itself...

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