The iPhone isn't that popular ...

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  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    According to Lazaridis, the Co-founder of Research in Motion, Blackberry manufacturer.

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    "Lazaridis also dismissed the importance of touchscreen phones, saying that touch-only devices such as the iPhone aren’t that popular. While it’s important to appease the consumer and the carrier, who clearly want a touchscreen device, he believes most of these customers are shifting to QWERTY".

    That's an amazingly stupid statement from a CFO, imo, the iPhone's success is well known in every corner of the world.

    We're all switching to physical QWERTY keyboards ... really?

    Blackberry/RIM does already seem like the 'old microsoft' in a way, stale OS, complacent thinking, it's all interesting.

    EDIT - They played back the transcript from Lazaridis' speech and the reported story wasn't accurate, the Toronto reporter changed the story, Engadget and Gizmodo note the corrected transcript as well.
     
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    is he basing this on anything or just making stuff up?
     
  3. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    I ride the Metro in DC daily and swear every other person seems to have iPhones or some sort of touch screen device. Working in Customer Service for the past ten years i've seen many of my customers switch from "QWERTY" to touchscreen. So I'd have to disagree with that comment by Lazardis.
     
  5. Nicksd84 macrumors 6502

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    I really don't get why both can't jut co-exist. The smartphone industry is starting to sound like politics. I'm on this side! No that side sucks I'm on this side! I don't even care what my side does! I just know that side sucks! In reality the bb is a good device and the iPhone is a good device. If you like one over the other great. If you're a person who can't decide the user groups can give you opinions on why you should choose one or the other.
     
  6. davelanger macrumors 6502a

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    The iphone makes up something like 60% of all smartphone usage. How is that not popular?
     
  7. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    I'll let you slide on the lack of evidence. But take this as an example for rebuttal:

    iPhone is less than 10% of all the smart phones that have been in production, which explains its lack of popularity.

    I can't cite that of course, but I am just giving you an example how stats out of context is BS.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Rim is going to turn like WinMo or Palm in 3-5 years if they dont get off their a$$ and innovate instead of staying with the same old same old that worked in the past 10 years.
    Their dinosaur OS needs an updated user interface.
     
  9. marksman macrumors 603

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    When did he say this? 2003?

    If I were a RIM stockholder I would be selling all my stock asap. That is absurd. The hardware keyboard is going to be extinct by the end of this decade.

    Of course if he is the CFO what the hell does he know about smartphones?
     
  10. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    As I noted in post #3, which no one seems to have read, he didn't say it at all.

    The supposed "quote" doesn't exist.

    No way. What would replace it? Tapping on a flat glass touch surface? Talking in front of everyone?
     
  11. unvacme macrumors newbie

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    exactly, honestly i sold my iphone and i switched to a blackberry cus its much easier to text and send emails with. then, i use the ipod touch for everything else. both have their pros and cons, just cus u use an iphone doesnt mean its good for everyone.
     
  12. NDimichino macrumors 6502a

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    The thing I find interesting is that if this was the case, and let's say he said this two years ago even, BlackBerry rushed to make the storm to grab the Verizon touch-screen lovers and the first version was a bust. If they didn't think people wanted touch screens, why even make the Storm and get away from your bread-and-butter, thousand tiny button BB?

    It's all very strange.
     
  13. Fran-tastic macrumors member

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    I like qwerty keyboards but not the blackberry ones. I like those that slide in and out; however I got an iPhone.

    I think that both will continue exist for long, maybe as hybrid too but that is not a main feature important as the OS itself.
    This is the rason why I don't have a Nokia.
     
  14. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    I went up to a conference not that while ago in London. Out of the 132 people there, I was the only one with an iPhone. People had trouble using my iPhone in my group of 6 people :eek:
     
  15. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

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    There's not one thing for everyone, that's why there are usually pleanty of options for everyone. That said, I don't really see how using a physical keyboard is all that different than a virtual one? Does the same thing. I personally prefer a virtual one to a physical one as I don't have to "click" the buttons hard, but other than that, I don't really see that much of a differance.
     
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  17. davelanger macrumors 6502a

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    I went back and checked, it was the iphone had 64% of US Mobile Browser usage. That is what I was thinking of.
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nowhere near as stale as Winmo or BB OS.
    The iphone OS got major additions and improvements each year since 2007.
     
  19. Sayer macrumors 6502a

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    A reporter made up a quote and the paper published it as fact? With all the layers of fact-checking and editorial control? I am SHOCKED, shocked I tell you!
     
  20. ZenoVT macrumors regular

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    Stephen Glass part 2?
     

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