June 17, 2011

Blackberry, RIM, Effectively Dead

Cult of Mac:

"BlackBerry Messenger was RIM’s best selling point, even attracting teens to the device usually found in corporations rather than college campuses. Now iMessage is “effectively identical,” making lame the pony from Waterloo. Even worse, RIM limped into the smartphone market too late and too limited."

Each iteration of iOS, the iPhone/iPad operating system, reduces the list of competing device capabilities missing in Apple's devices. iMessage in iOS 5, due this fall, was the final straw for RIM in that progression.

Unless you're locked into the Blackberry universe by your employer, there's just no good reason to buy into it anymore. That's a great example of why the king of the hill can never rest easy.