You may look at this picture and see a guy standing in front of a very large laptop. I, however, see Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, sending a subliminal message to Research in Motion product mangers telling them to integrate a digital camera and an iPod into the BlackBerry which, of course runs on an Intel processor. Just for kicks allow the new “iPhotoBerry” to synch natively with a Mac.
I know that this will probably never happen, until, of course, it actually does happen. A guy can dream can’t he? I may be in the minority but if they ever make a BlackBerry with a digital camera and a MP3 player, I am soooo switching to whatever carrier offers that device first.
RIM is running with blinders on. They are going to loose ground to Microsoft if they don’t add some of the bells and whistles. Microsoft wont hesitate to add every bell and whistle just to grab market share. Please RIM, don’t become the next Netscape.
Doug, I couldn’t agree with you more. What really gets me are those BlackBerry Addicts, or traditionalists if you will, that flat out tell me that I am no true BlackBerry lover if I really want these “trivial addons that will cheapon the BlackBerry and bring it down to standards of the BlackBerry want-to-bes.”
What I hope that RIM understands is that they will have to stay in line with there competion. Eventually they will have to offer these “trivial features” becasue consumers want them or they will lose their place on top of the Smartphone hill.
The VAST majority of RIM’s customer’s work in corporate settings, many of which do not allow and kind of camera devices to go in or out of the work place (IE/ U.S Department of Defense, IBM, U.S. Congress… need i continue??
I agree that a consumer model would be beneficial to service their end user/non corporate clients, however this is not their primary concern.
The problem with catering just to corporate customers is that Microsoft isn’t just going after every business user with a phone. They are going after everyone with a phone.
Thats EXACTLY what differentiates the two companies….
RIM has no intention of being Everything to Everyone, but rather a Far more Polished product to a much more narrow audience…
If you want a camera, and Memory card slots, and MP3 players, go buy a phone that runs Windows Mobile… But be prepared for half assed email implementation, pathetic security, and the need to reboot it daily due to a bloated inefficient OS….
Why can’t I have a polished product with a camera, memory card slots, and an MP3 player? I don’t believe these things to be mutually exclusive.
If you happen to work in one of the aforementioned places, this IS mutually exclusive. That is my point…..
I could definitely see this happening if RIM were to create separate divisions for consumers and corporate clients…. which could be the case given their recent update to http://www.rim.com
Sorry… http://www.blackberry.com is the site which was updated…
A consumer BlackBerry division is the hope of many CrackBerry Addicts, myself included. Fortunately, I am not constrained by corporate policies that prevent me from having a digicam or fully functional bluetooth in the office. At least not yet…