Gizmodo posted a trollish article this afternoon where chief Apple fan Jesus Diaz claims the newest and greatest from Apple will “kill the Blackberry”.
First of all, I don’t usually take anything from them that serious, they are after all pretty rabid Apple fans. But looking at things from a technical perspective, I still can’t find any logic in the post.
According to Diaz:
Until now, the only thing that separated the BlackBerry from the iPhone-apart from the iPhone’s better, faster and more powerful operating system-was the push email on the BlackBerry
Wow, that’s just silly in so many ways. Lets look at a couple of reasons why I think he’s incorrect:
1) The iPhone does not have a “faster and more powerful operating system”. My Blackberry operates just as fast and efficient as my iPhone. No delays, no crashes. I’m not sure where he gets the idea that it’s better. An operating system is a personal thing. Some people might claim the Blackberry is better since it incorporates simple things like MMS and cut/paste. It’s like saying “Windows Vista is better than MacOS” without offering anything to back it up.
2) Blackberry smartphones have a keyboard. It’s pretty simple; anyone who does any kind of serious business on their phone will not be happy with a touch screen for all their data entry.
3) MobileMe is nothing more than web based Exchange with Activesync support. Similar services have been around for YEARS. Even the phone of choice for teenagers, the Sidekick has these similar features. Windows Mobile supports push email, Symbian has support for it, Palm has support for it, and even hotmail can deliver push email.
Once again, Apple has taken old technology, added their own flair to it, and their most loyal followers assume it’s all brand new. Apple even call it “Exchange for the rest of us”, which clearly shows they have built it on top of existing technology. MobileMe will NEVER be considered a serious service for corporate users, and it will never replace the Blackberry in the corporate world.
4) Security is still the number 1 reason why the Blackberry is so popular with corporate and government users. RIM have worked for years to get the Blackberry where it is today. In some companies and departments of the Government, it’s the only device they are allowed to use.
5) There is no way that one phone, on one operator will cause any serious harm to RIM. Don’t forget that in the US (the largest market for RIM), the iPhone is only available on AT&T. Some customers on other networks might consider changing provider to get an iPhone, but plenty of others feel just fine where they are now.
6) The price – $199 is a nice price for a smartphone, but when companies like T-mobile, Verizon and AT&T themselves have phones like the Palm Centro and the Blackberry Pearl selling for as little as -$50, there will always be people who pick price over looks. The monthly costs are also an important factor. iPhone data service costs $30 a month, but T-mobile offer Blackberry service for under $10.
I’ll grant Jesus Diaz one thing though; the iPhone will hurt the Blackberry in the consumer market. But until it becomes cheaper to purchase, cheaper to operate and is available on all operators, that damage will be quite minimal.