1. ibcop's Avatar
    ZDNet published this on why not to buy a BlackBerry:

    Five reasons why you should forget the BlackBerry | ZDNet
    08-08-11 11:46 AM
  2. BaconMunch's Avatar
    Five reasons why you should forget the BlackBerry

    By Zack Whittaker | August 5, 2011, 12:29pm PDT

    Summary: The BlackBerry manufacturer is going downhill, and investing in one for the back to school season would be unwise. Here are five reasons why.

    Research in Motion, the BlackBerry manufacturer, wooed the hearts and minds of the younger generation with their business-style phones. But as of late, the Canadian company seems to be on a sinking ship.

    From product delays to operating system pullbacks: the company is losing customers in favour of other, more popular handsets, like Android and the iPhone.

    Despite many previous assertions — it’s time to face facts. The BlackBerry is on its last legs.

    It’s time to take a look at the BlackBerry brand and where it has come to, and why you should think twice about renewing your BlackBerry contract, or even starting one in the first place.

    1. BlackBerry OS 7: Little new to offer, and not QNX-based

    The next-generation BlackBerry will be QNX-based; a new operating system, based around that of the BlackBerrys lesser selling sibling, the PlayBook.

    But current OS 7 phones were at one point promised to be QNX based, but this has yet been pushed to later versions. Essentially, what you will get if you buy a new OS 7 phone is vastly the same features and functionality as older phones — with a few minor additions that hardly warrant a long-term phone contract.

    2. BlackBerrys are trying to emulate touch-based competitors

    One of the main reason users want a BlackBerry is for their keyboard. It’s small and compact, but it beats the pants off competing devices — particularly the Nokia E and N series.

    The new BlackBerry Torch phones – one is touch-only while the other has a keyboard, but don’t get me started — are trying to emulate the iPhone’s success with its touch-screen technology.

    But what Research in Motion and others have yet to realise, is that the iPhone touch-screen experience is all but incomparable. Touch-typing on the iPhone may suck compared to a physical mini-keyboard, but BlackBerry touch typing is even worse.

    3. As Research in Motion crumbles, end-user applications will suffer

    As with the previous and reasons still to mention, developers will soon wake up to the difficulties that the BlackBerry platform will face. Not only is a huge cultural shift under way from BlackBerry OS 5, 6 and 7 to the next generation QNX-based operating system – this will be the all-consuming crunch time for BlackBerry developers.

    But the more that Research in Motion struggles, and the ‘Osbourning’ sales issue that it has to overcome, developers will opt for better platforms to build upon. Ultimately this will lead to further detachment with end users.

    4. BlackBerrys are not keeping up with the social times

    BlackBerrys have never really been about social, per se. Sure, Research in Motion developed MySpace, Facebook and Twitter applications, along with numerous instant messengers and social applications — but that’s about it.

    Unlike iOS, there is still no in-built video calling feature or Facetime equivalent for BlackBerry’s. The hardware is good, but the devices are still too corporate-focused.

    On the other hand, while BlackBerry’s excel in the field of push email, this is hardly something to jump and scream about nowadays. Still lacking basic HTML email content and poor web browsing compared to its competitors, no wonder the younger lot are becoming increasingly despondent with the BlackBerry.

    5. BlackBerry Messenger is dead: Facebook Chat is where it’s at

    BlackBerry Messenger has been one of the upshots to the device range; allowing free, encrypted conversations to and from BlackBerry users.

    But now that Facebook Chat has finally made its way to all modern post-OS 5 devices, who needs BlackBerry Messenger when it has only a fraction of your total friends?

    Once, the flagship feature for the Generation Y; BlackBerry Messenger has been made defunct by a leading competitor.
    08-08-11 12:13 PM
  3. Bla1ze's Avatar

    Ya, ok.
    08-08-11 12:25 PM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Just a note, if you check this blogger's previous posts, he used to be a die-hard BlackBerry supporter.
    08-08-11 12:26 PM
  5. DenverRalphy's Avatar
    5. BlackBerry Messenger is dead: Facebook Chat is where its at
    If the article had led with that statement, it would have saved a lot of wasted time reading the rest of the article.
    08-08-11 12:44 PM
  6. anon3396357's Avatar
    This is quite a ishtty article. It doesn't even touch on the important points that matter.
    08-08-11 12:48 PM
  7. daveycrocket's Avatar
    everyone wants to be on the "winning side", it's thought to be based in the ability to make the right decision. The problem is that sometimes folk get so blinkered by their egos they lose the ability to be objective. It's a good job we can be about this artical.
    08-08-11 01:08 PM
  8. Skeevecr's Avatar
    That article is idiotic and comes across as somebody scribbling something out without actually having tried the new phones.

    Not sure why that last point was mentioned as a downside either since the new version of fb supports chat on multiple os versions anyway.
    08-08-11 01:10 PM
  9. MrFusterCluck's Avatar
    And have you seen the one he made today:
    "BlackBerry Messenger 'used to perpetuate riots in London"
    (cant post URL I'm a newbie jeje). check it on zdnet.com
    08-08-11 02:52 PM
  10. trsbbs's Avatar
    I run in some pretty large circles and I have yet to find anyone who uses BBM.

    So with that said, I see many more using FB chat. So I do not think this person is
    to far off base.

    Yes, it might still be big in other counties, other then in the US, but time will change that.

    Not trying to be a doom and gloomer but just calling as I see it right now.

    08-08-11 03:56 PM
  11. falconeight's Avatar
    Pay attention to the article its good.
    08-08-11 06:59 PM
  12. sg8330's Avatar
    Pay attention to the article its good.
    Your phone must be on what, the 3rd charge of the day?
    FranzJoseph likes this.
    08-08-11 07:13 PM
  13. techbrett1's Avatar
    Doesn't the latest Facebook app have improved Facebook chat functions on the Blackberry?

    I don't really know that many people that actually use Facebook chat to be honest. Most people I know are in and out of Facebook pretty quick and prefer to use BBM or texting for messaging.
    Last edited by techbrett1; 08-09-11 at 02:44 PM.
    08-08-11 07:26 PM
  14. FranzJoseph's Avatar
    I know many more people with a BlackBerry than iPhones probably at a rate of 5 to 1 but I do live in Northern Canada and everyone wants a BlackBerry up here, people only use iPods.
    08-08-11 08:39 PM