Originally Posted by greggebhardt
That would hurt the iPhone for sure. I do not understand why people are so obcessed with the iPhone. As I tool for what I need the Blackberry is the only way to go. I can not imagine typing on a "pretend" touchscreen keyboard!
I'm with you about the phantom keyboard! But I confess to being a watcher of Apple marketing, and its interesting to me to contrast Apple's smug experience in competing with MS, with their prospects of success against RIM. Apple self-defined success against MS as capturing a tiny market share, apparently comprised of the most self-absorbed and the most self-pleased.
The enthusiasm shown here and elsewhere for the 8800, which is fairly characterized as an incremental advance, should give the Apple polishers pause. Blackberry customers, IMHO, are more loyal and more committed to their devices than are MS consumers of software.
However, with RIM's recent initiatives into the non-business market, with the Pearl and the impending Crimson, the battle will be joined when the I-Phone is actually launched, and Apple is better at the high-profile marketing game. My guess is that the market will greatly expand as a result of Apple's efforts, and if their build quality is not up to snuff, and if their arrogance and avarice gets the better of their common sense on 3rd Party issues, at the end of the day, RIM might wind up picking up dissatisfied I-Phone customers once the blush is off the Apple bloom.