A recent article by Wall Street Journal was released, triggering the start of what I’m going to assume will be a long road of unjustified bad press for BlackBerry 10. It amazes me that people have all these opinions of something that no one in the public has had a chance to check out. One of the biggest things that I noticed was that WSJ bashed RIM for seeking resources that they did not design themselves, while also stating that many (if not all) other smartphone companies develop their devices using products and software that other people created. That seems a little hypocritical to me.
The article continues to go on about how RIM has “taken the strategy farther” than other companies, yet, there was no justification for that statement. It was simply an empty comment. Please, oh great one, enlighten me on how they’ve gone further than Apple or Android or Windows? I’d bet on the fact that any one of those companies would jump at an opportunity to make a change of it meant improving their devices and one-upping their competitors.
As I read on, the article talked about how it seems as if it will be near impossible for RIM to combine many aspects of what will eventually become BlackBerry 10. All smartphones are a product of many different pieces combined together to make a whole. The only difference is that this time the product will be a completely fresh start, not a small remake of the previous model. That may be risky, but just like is said in the article, BlackBerry was once the leading smartphone and there’s absolutely no reason to assume that that could never happen again. The key to success is change. Isn’t that how Apple became popular? The iPhone was unlike any other smartphone on the market, now other companies have made similar models to it but are still making it their “own”. RIM is making a change, so why is that wrong now? Very curious, if you ask me.
The biggest hurdle that many companies face is their operating system. Lucky for RIM, they’ve already tested out QNX with the PlayBook and I believe I can speak on behave of many people when I say, we aren’t disappointed with the PlayBook OS in the slightest. It’s new, it’s beautiful and nothing else compares. The difference between the people who are calmly waiting for BlackBerry 10 to be released and those that are speaking ill of it is that those that don’t have anything bad to say actually have some semblance of an idea of what we might get from BlackBerry 10, the others don’t, because they’ve never actually used a PlayBook, or better yet a Dev Alpha, which makes their remarks have no warrant.
I’m not surprised that the bad press as already begun, but that doesn’t make me any happier about it. I had hoped that for once people would not jump to conclusions and make false assumptions, especially involving BlackBerry. First the current BlackBerry devices “suck” and no one wants them, now a completely remodeled and unknown device can’t possibly make it. I don’t know how anyone would come to that in their minds, but I’ll just have to guess that the guy who wrote the article has never had a BlackBerry nor plans to ever give BlackBerry 10 a chance.
You can read the whole WSJ article here.