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  • Will The RIM-Pire Strike Back? [View article]

    Here you go again down Delusion Gulch. 'If BB10 is as good as we're led to believe'... you have to be a glutton for punishment if you
    take anything RIM says these days at face value. The wise man would wait for solid evidence to arrive.

    So far as I can tell, BB10 hasn't even solved the basic problem of interacting properly with BES. Therefore no user ID will be able to run more than one device per ID. To solve this problem involves unwrapping BES and opening it up to multiple devices/user whilst preserving existing user services. This is complex.

    Failure of BB10 to work with BES was the reason the pathetic Playbook launch saw this benighted plastic mini-tablet arrive on the scene without email (in RIM-speak a 'launch' describes the effect of sending the vessel down the slipway to the water for the first time and watching it sink immediately without trace). If you already had a BlackBerry, there was your ID slot taken. And if you didn't have a BlackBerry who in their right minds would buy a Playbook?
    Jul 25 09:19 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The RIM-Pire Strike Back? [View article]

    You can believe this misguided view if you want to, but all that does is cover up the objective reasons for RIM's abject performance.

    RIM dropped the baton when they dismissed the first iPhone as a 'toy and no threat to us' and carried on running round the track for several laps before realizing you do actually need a baton to finish this race. Nobody knocked it out of their hands, and nobody stopped them picking it up again. They did all that on their own.

    Those of us who began to point out the absence of a baton 3 years ago were ridiculed by RIM fanatics, and subjected to a tirade of abuse (much of it pornographic in nature) but time has proved the fanatics to have been blind as bats and self-delusional into the bargain (a characteristic still alive to judge from your own comments).

    As for the warnings offered by the few realists willing to expose ourselves to vilification for our views, well, we've been proven right.

    RIM is done as a strong smartphone player. The market has consolidated around stronger players and there's no longer room for another party to muscle in.

    Whether they can survive and prosper as a niche player is yet to be seen, it IS possible and it could be profitable provided they don't diffuse their focus by deluding themselves into thinking they can take on the power-houses.

    And it's certainly possible they can spin new businesses. But I wouldn't bet my own money on them doing so: the hubris inherited from the Dozy Duo of Balsillie and Lazarides is still alive and thriving up in Waterloo, and that's what will kill them.
    Jul 25 09:07 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The RIM-Pire Strike Back? [View article]
    I understood average price/PC received by Softie was $53 or thereabouts for Windows, and another $80+ if Office is installed (Source: Asymco - if I've recalled correctly). Where does your $10/unit figure come from?
    Jul 25 02:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Ballmer refuses to dismiss the possibility of a Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone down the line, even as his company shoots down rumors about near-term plans. Ballmer also tells channel partners Microsoft will stick to selling its Surface tablet through its own site and company stores, and makes clear whom it now considers to be public enemy #1. "We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple." (earlier)  [View news story]
    @J Mintzmyer

    RIMM is currently under $7. Surely Microsoft could get the company for less than $10, if it wanted to. So using your logic, why hasn't it done so?

    My answer is: RIM has nothing to add to Microsoft. Now, or ever.
    Jul 24 03:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The RIM-Pire Strike Back? [View article]
    This article brings to mind a conversation between 2 Spanish captains as their Armada approached the English coast. One commented victory was assured because of the supiority of Spanish sisal ropes, as attested to in Cadiz market.

    Meanwhile Francis Drake was manoeuvring off their starboard bow.
    Jul 24 08:24 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Why Is The 'Cult' Of Mac So Misunderstood? [View article]
    Cash went down too.
    Jul 16 12:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Why Is The 'Cult' Of Mac So Misunderstood? [View article]
    Careful, he'll bite your ankle.
    Jul 16 12:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Reasons iPhone Will Surprise Analysts [View article]
    Nuts. Ask any industrial engineer to comment on Apple's build quality and see what they say. Some may PREFER Samsung's build, but I challenge you to produce a consensus that says it's superior to Apple. And as to design chops, Apple under the guidance of the great Jony Ive is recognized the world over for its high standards. Nobody even knows the name of a Samsung designer because all they do (it seems to me and many others) is just copy Apple.

    Most sensible people I see around me have put their phones in a case in any event. It's not just iPhones.

    And the dropped call argument is crap too. The evidence was produced that all phones drop calls if you hold them in a particular way in an area of weak signals. This is a dead argument without merit.
    Jul 16 12:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Reasons iPhone Will Surprise Analysts [View article]
    That's called freedom of choice.

    I like to buy from a manufacturer who supports me longterm, which Apple does. I like to get full measure from the bucks I spend. That's MY choice.

    There are HUNDREDS of millions - read that again, HUNDREDS of millions - of Android based devices from Samsung, HTC, LG.... from everyone - that have never been upgraded since they shipped, and what is worse they can NEVER be upgraded. They are doomed to an existence 4 or 5 years in the past.

    Value isn't just about price. Value is about what you get for the money you spend. On this basis Apple's devices are incredible value for money. They are, in a nutshell, ridiculously cheap.
    Jul 16 12:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Why Is The 'Cult' Of Mac So Misunderstood? [View article]
    That's one of the things I like about the best of SA content, the ability to reflect in contemplation on substance such as this article, rather more profound and worthy by far than the thoughtless, repetitive, unsubstantiated blatherings from a few polluters, especially that benighted individual who still thinks RIM can recover to take over the world, and that everything with an Apple logo is second rate (the chap who can't wait to invent a new username so he can 'educate' us all). Saints preserve us!
    Jul 14 08:11 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Reasons iPhone Will Surprise Analysts [View article]
    Ronin: don't waste your breath on these incompetents. They can't even BS with panache. It's all the same tired old nonsense, droning on and on. And on. Like a third rate televangelist on a static riddled TV set that has lost its On/Off switch.
    Jul 13 08:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Reasons iPhone Will Surprise Analysts [View article]
    I think I just blew a circuit. 'Cramer' and 'integrity' in the same sentence?
    Jul 13 08:16 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Reasons iPhone Will Surprise Analysts [View article]
    Total rubbish.
    Jul 13 06:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What to do with the PlayBook? [View instapost]
    How's it looking now for you?

    Where are all those PlayBooks you thought you saw on Wall Street?

    See, when you make stuff up, it comes back to haunt you.

    You misread Apple. This company doesn't win through the activities of zealots, on the contrary, it grows zealots through winning their trust, one wallet at a time, through delivering a great and fulfilling user experience.
    Jul 13 06:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Big Reasons Apple's Ascent Will Slow [View article]
    I was watching this lady in the local Apple Store. She was gazing rapturously at an iPad, wondering if she should go for the 64GB version with a SIM, or would the 32GB be sufficient.

    I thought I'd proffer a warning:

    "Don't you know the chartists say everything Apple is slowing down?"

    She treated the remark with the disdain it deserved, and popped her credit card into the assistant's card reader.
    Jul 12 07:40 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment