I had a Blackberry Pearl and loved it. I was planning to keep it – until i saw a friend’s iPhone. It was just so frackin’ slick that i couldn’t stay away. Does Blackberry do email better? Yes. Does Blackberry have some better/smaller sizes that are better for a cell phone? Yes, definitely. But is it as cool or fun to use an iPhone? Not even close.
However, i always hear about people going back to their Blackberry’s b/c of the email capability. I can understand that. I don’t use my iPhone email for work everyday and it is harder to type. But the other advantages heavily outweigh this one feature.
I then read this blog post by Tim O’Reilly about “Why the iPhone Will Beat the Blackberry.” He write that Blackberry users are cell phone power users and:
power users are a minority, and while they point the way to the future, they tend to be disappointed when the rest of the market catches up with an inferior product that has a lower barrier to new users. So, my prediction: the Blackberry will become more like the iPhone, or the iPhone and its imitators will eventually eat its lunch, relegating it to a niche player. The iPhone is now the communications device to beat.
I couldn’t agree more. The iPhone is only getting better going at email and the Blackberry will never come close to the iPhone in slickness of features – including the iPod. It’s only a matter of time before Blackberry goes down.
I heard a rumor that Microsoft was going to purchase Blackberry. I don’t hear it anymore, but i think that’d be a great move for both companies.