What I still can't believe is not talked about is how well the phone works within a particular set of software functions. You have consumer functions, like media. A good media phone would be a phone that is consumer focused and allows the user to easily gain access to music, video, pictures, share with social networks and so forth.
You also have the business user which works well for business applications, such as Outlook, vCard, Calendar, Email, Notes, Tasks, contact management, like follow ups, etc.
I happen to believe that the BES / Blackberry is second to none as a business class phone. I seriously doubt a hardened business user cares a lot about media. I can't imagine someone like Jamie Diamond, CEO of JP Morgan Chase caring too much about iTunes Music Sync. I do however believe he feels as I do and requires the phone to produce the email at the same time as Outlook on the desktop. I'd imagine our President of the United States doesn't care too much about music sync either.
That's not to say that the Blackberry is horrible for music. I did install iTunes and I do use Media Sync to sync the music from iTunes to my Blackberry. But honestly, I rarely use the Blackberry for music. I have an Mp3 player for that. I just want the smart phone for business purposes. I don't use the web on it. I don't use music on it. I do use the camera and I do view some photos on it.
My problem with these showdowns is that I get the feeling those doing the showdowns are pure consumers. A pure consumer that uses their phone as a toy for entertainment isn't going to view the phone the same way I am.
Ever go into someone's office and see a very expensive $349 phone on their desk? Would you buy that phone for your home? It's that very question that is not considered. There are tools for business and there tools for home. It's not a one size fits all product. The home phone doesn't necessarily need conference calling, intercom, forwarding and so on. It's not part of a larger network the way an office phone is. That's my view of the Blackberry. You want a phone that is tied to your groupware, GroupWise, Lotus Notes, or Outlook. You want the business basics, email, notes, cal, tasks, contacts, vcard, follow up, etc as part of your basic business tools. Those can't be scattered apps functioning as their own unique entities. They need to be as closely integrated as Outlook is itself.
Show me a prize fight against the Blackberry, iPhone, and Droid. Show me a prize fight against various consumer software. Define the phone's strengths by operator type.
Of course one could say the business user isn't really watching these videos anyway. But then I did watch them so at least a few of us do.
I go great with Blackberries.