Originally Posted by penguin3107
I think the clamshell is the most absurd thing that RIM could have added to their lineup.
It's an embarrassment, in my opinion. Destined for failure.
I think it's destined to be a niche device, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's destined for failure. Making it a Sprint exclusive limits early adoption, but it could be released on Verizon easily, and surly will should sales on Sprint show any promise.
I get what RIM is trying to do with this model. They're looking to capture some of the market that doesn't embrace smartphones and gravitates towards simple flip phones. This model could bridge the gap between confirmed, dyed-in-the-will flip phone users and BlackBerry users. And they only need to capture a portion of that market for the Style to be a sales success. Who knows? Maybe some of the converts would eventually move on to other BlackBerry models. Once the BlackBerry bug gets you, you're hooked!