On RIM and Blackberry death, Playbook resurrection and stupid analysts all around

So, yesterday RIM was caught with their pants down by smartphone revolution, surpassed and almost left for dead by iPhone and Android, as some old dinosaur unable to adjust.

And now they introduced Playbook, so tomorrow they are at the top of the heap again?

For FFSakes. I’m shortening ‘course I don’t want to swear. Is this what passes for analysis today? Even among respectable banker figures/analysts ?

(I hope the name comes from anal, not analysis).

Cause if those MBA’s could see a bit further then their books and some U.S. press headlines for their money,  we won’t get all that crap they call analysis or op-eds, or sometimes even news, around us.

Jeez guys – all you had to do was to read the figures in official reports, about BB marketshare. Or history, or whatever takes you away from lovefested Apple headlines, and how iPhone is gonna rule the world. Or even Android as a ruler and it’s flash in the pan today. I guess you guys with fat bonuses are too lazy to care. Good headline is what counts today…

Let me help you on the Blackberry case. A bit. I’m not paid to do the long winded stuff.

10 years ago RIM (BB) was a smart pager comapany that was doing OK in pagers helping to get your e-mails on them. And they were public company by then. So in the early oughts, everyone in U.S. was screaming  how screwed RIM was. Mobile phones, SMS, etc; will kill them.

Did it?

Not by a long shot. A strange thing happened. Instead of killing them, the new trends propelled them to a No.2 place in the hottest category today – smartphones.

Can anyone, who is lookin at todays transition to superphones tell me that it was harder to get from pagers to smartphones? Really? Anyone remember any other pager company that is around today?

So, except for FFin cool headlines how RIM is dead, and how iPhone/Android is killin it, can anyone do at least some reliable backround/data checks, before they start screaming “the sky is falling”, again and again?

You know that story about the boy who cried wolf, don’t you? And most of those of your stupid calls are on the record by now.

I wish someone started checking them out and throwing them back in your face today.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • NotanEnglishTeacherButYouSuck

    This had the potential to be a decent article, but it is so poorly written and difficult to follow. I feel like a 12 y/o wrote it. Sorry, try again.

  • Anonymous


    I understand albeit it could have been better written.

  • http://www.forumcola.com/Forum-System-Requirements Sysreq

    iPad will kick RIM

  • Marcus Christopher McFann

    Remove RIM, insert Nokia, spin, recycle.
    Thanks for this post, Staska. I was afraid after I saw OS6 that they just might be doomed, or maybe an acquisition prospect. I knew without a total revamping of their developer toolkits and runtime support, they were a dead duck. But the QNX revelation is the type of move they needed, and I’m more hopeful now. I still think Symbian, Android, and maybe even MeeGo in the long run will surpass it in share, but if they can continue to keep BES relevant while making a more rich ecosystem for apps, they’ll be around at least another half decade as a major player.

  • Marcus Christopher McFann

    Well, its obviously a personal post written in an informal manner, and not the state of the Union address you expected. Staska’s a decent writer, and I’m more happy that he is timely with information, even opinions that are obviously personal.

    If you want elegant writing, stay tuned, or go read Randall Arnolds’s blog. This is an info site first, and we appreciate what he does.