Sunday, January 29, 2012

Shot off the RIM

The new CEO of RIM thinks the idea of Android on blackberry's is horrible because "They all look the same".

Which is a ridiculous argument. Most people run a PC with Microsoft Windows.. Where the start button is always in the same spot. These computers are made by Dell, Asus, Acer, HP, IBM/Lenovo, what have you. And they're "All the same". THATS THE POINT. That's why they have applications that run on them.

It's all well and good that RIM wants to be Apple (good luck), but if their argument against Android is that everything is "the same", then that's a pretty sad excuse.

Personally I'd like the ability to run Android on a playbook. Most people will stick with the stock QNX, but giving people CHOICE often helps them make the decision to make the purchase. I won't be making any purchases of Research in Motion products. They're locked down. They don't give me the freedom I expect from devices I purchase. I don't purchase Apple either. Theres only one type of person that blindly buys products from a company, Apple fanboys. There aren't any RIM fanboys as far as I can tell lining up for their next device. You can't manufacture that kind of blind obedience either.


Anonymous said...

Nonsense - it is in their interest to be different and concentrate on what they are good at. Obviously, RIM's biggest mistake is going after the consumer rather than concentrating on corporate users and the security they crave and need and are willing to pay for.Something Apple once did ( in reverse )itself and nearly died.

The "locked" down feature is their greatest feature ( like Apple ) . They ought to tighten it up and beef up their network. Leave the consumer toys to others.

The blind obedience to RIM is targeted to what they originally were meant to do. When they remember , they will be successful.

Not buying something because it is locked down only means you lose time and potentially revenue just because you have to wait for someone to come up with an alternative.

Oh by the way, while I was on my bike ride, it was an iphone that kept me connected to the internet, cell network, plus gave me a good camera and videocam not to mention it also kept track of my cadence, speed, heart rate, oh ya, was my GPS, MP3 player.

Where was Android, playing catchup.

reedsolomon.matr1x at said...

No, Android does all of those things and more. RIM's biggest mistake was making crap phones that nobody wants anymore, even businesses.

Locking down the system helps nobody, except perhaps the carriers. While I think the Android market needs some sort of vetting process, or "google seal of approval" to weed out more questionable apps, I don't think it needs to be a closed system like Apple zombies are being spoonfed.

But hey, if most people are as naive as yourself and willing to pay for a locked down quickly obsoleted device, well it shows how sad our world is these days.

The one thing you have right though is that RIM's strong point was meeting the needs of businesses. Aping Apple won't solve that for them.

Anonymous said...

"No, Android does all of those things and more."

Do tell. Android wasn't even an option at the time of my ride.So how could it of benefited me or be superior in any way.Perhaps I was supposed to delay my ride.

Thankfully, Apple had a product and as usual, its locked down system, worked as advertised and delivered everything I expected when I
purchased it.

As for Security, neither Android or Iphones give the corporate users a secure network on the scale RIM does (and should do more).

Your argument reminds me of the old PC guys who pounded away at DOS while naive guys like myself were happily using "windows' in a Mac environment, using laser printers and digital camera's , and yet, they insisted they were ahead of the curve and they knew better. Whats an IRQ by the way - my Mac you only had to plug the device into it, and fortunately , that device was perfectly engineered to the locked down system, it worked the very first time and until it went obsolete.

At the end of the day you choose what works for you. Open and closed systems all go obsolete at about the same time. There is no benefit to consumers other than the functionality it may give at the time of purchase.

I know Android is new and its supposed to be cool, but the reality is, its a copy ( uncool ) of something else that was made and was available to you long before.

reedsolomon.matr1x at said...

A simple google search for comparison will show you where Android excels and where it is behind. For example, my Android phone has a better screen and camera, NFC (I'll be able to use my phone for paypass) and of course a wider variety of phones.. some even come with physical keyboards which is nice. Still, for all intents and purposes, they're pretty much even at this point.

As for calling Android a copy..

As for phones going obsolete at the same time, an original Google Nexus One is able to run the latest release of Android, though it's unofficial and unsupported. The same is true for many other Android phones with Cyanogenmod.

I guess you like using the default firmware on your router. DD-WRT and Tomato and other aftermarket open firmwares? Why bother?

I never had anything against the original Mac, and I did have a PC back in the day with DOS when I was a kid, but all the same the Macintosh was infinitely a more open system than modern Apple products, which are designed to need replacing conveniently when Apple adds some feature they've been holding back on purpose. But I suppose you love that.

For the record, The Android OS was bought by google in 2005. the iphone was released in June 2007 and the first google phone was released in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Whoa quite the tangent you went on.

Incredibly, most people will purchase an expensive Sonic Wall to get on with their business. They rely on that products features to add functionality to their enterprise. It makes more sense and saves more time than finding a propellor head to try and figure out how to use DD-WRT that can be flashed onto a 30 dollar router.

By the way, I am experimenting with a Dlink flashed DIR615 but not sure if I'm going to keep it since its wireless range is pathetic.

So, I'll bid on a Sonic Wall on Ebay, buy a standalone wireless unit so I can get on with my life. ( Damn I wish Apple made a decent router )

-Unless you know DDWRT and do side jobs-

As for the original HTC ( when compared to a 3Gs ) - on a long distance bike ride, not even if they paid me.