Too little too late.
Sorry RIM but you lost me with months of dithering and promises that never came.
RIM's latest CEO has been showing off what its next OS, BlackBerry 10, will do, although without any hardware it's hard to be impressed by a touchscreen keyboard. The trinkets came out during the Thorsten Heins' first BlackBerry World keynote, where attendees were given glances of a multitasking interface that involves swiping …
> Wow... the playbook interface was a copy of webOS. Now they've copied even more from webOS, the sliding panes look just like enyo!
Which is a good thing.
I think enyo has been ported to chrome so perhaps this is just a chrome browser :)
Actually, that may be a stunningly good plan (for BB) - sync to the cloud and have all your playbook stuff from wherever you have a chrome browser...
Or, develop for Playbook and deploy to any chrome browser.
... assuming llvm works...
I know that the IT Dept in companies would rather that all employees only use "work" phones for work purposes.
But all employees would probably rather use their own phone so they only have to carry around one. And all management want to use the latest and shiniest smartphone even if they don't understand how to use 90% of the functions that class the phone as a smartphone.
Yes, internal audit and legal departments would probably sleep easier at night if all employees were locked to basic 'work' phones.
But the accountants and the shareholders would rather that costs were kept to a minimum as so allow employees to bring their own devices.
And in these times of austerity and recession, I suspect it's the bean counters that have the loudest voice in the corporate boardrooms. Which means there's not going to be much of a market out there for a 'work' phone as you describe.
I have a torch 9850 work phone. I had a 2 year old Bold that had issues with calls going through, so they replaced it with the Torch at no charge. Work doesn't care that the phones are used for personal use as long as it is not abused. They do block social networking though. That works well for me as I really don't need a toy to mess around with. That being said, the Torch is pretty nice. I have nothing to compare it to though.
We are switching to IPhones at work now. I need a different carrier than most employees due to coverage issues, but my carrier doesn't have the IPhone, so I will stay on the Blackberry until then.
My wife has a Blackberry 7130e prepaid. It cost her $20 to buy and she uses about $140/year in time. She has had it for 2 years. She could care less that it is a Blackberry, and when it dies, she will get what ever is cheap and works. She doesn't need online either. Just the ability to make calls.
Neither of us does Facebook or Twitter, so that kind of functionality is not needed. So after this useless dump of information, no company could care about us as users as we don't make them any money.
You're an idiot. Right or wrong, the fact that the phone was pre-production hardware was well-flagged. It's like the other idiots who somehow got the idea in their heads that this was the only BB 10 production unit and that means RIM were getting out of the keyboard business (if anyone at RIM ever thinks about it I will drive to Waterloo with the business end of a 2 x 4 along for the ride).
RIM are desperately behind the curve and I have massive misgivings about where things are going, but let's stop making up random reasons to hate-on.
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