Really, the one aspect that I find disheartening about my Storm 2 (which by the by, I enjoy a great deal. I even enjoyed my Storm 1) is the lack of Apps. We have grade school kids pumping out mindless apps for the iPhone left and right (case in point - the farting diamond for iPhone) yet nothing like this or apps of any nature are being made for the Blackberry. My bank has made an app for the iPhone, yet the BB version is still under development with no release date as of yet. The iPhone app has been out for over a year. And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Apps such as "MicroSky" for watching constellations and other night stars are out for Droid and iPhone, but the BB version is still under development, a beta has been released, but it burn a TON of memory to run and is still mainly browser based.
That is my big argument and main complaint. There are tons of apps I have rolling around in my head that I would like to write for the BB, but I don't have the expertise to do that, and finding programmers it few and far between when compared to iPhone and Droid programmers.
Personally I think the problem is this: Teens which are a good chunk of users for ANY device, are realizing the BlackBerry wasn't made for them. As they slowly lose the teen market, satisfaction of course will drop. I think if you look at the age of the users over a yearly span, there's a spike of teens which is now dropping.
Exactly my point. The BB users want the other goodies their friends have and an encrypted tunnel to the office isn't on that list :)
On the browser topic, u would know thats where a lot of time is spent on the pc and phone so a decent browser goes a long way. Don't really think its needs a lot of explaining, the BB browser has always lagged (in more ways than one).
I think people who switch over to a blackberry(myself when the storm1 came out) expected to do the things the iphone could do, Games, video, fast internet. It never lived to the expectations. Maybe they were unfair expectations back then but almost 2 years later since the S1 came out and still don't see a RIM device that meets those expectations. With google phones flourishing within that same timespan, its making a lot of people wanting those phones including myself
thats a very good point. smartphone usage has broken the age and to some extent the income barrier and the BB is only appealing to a small band. The storm especially had put RIM on the radar for teens but that one "less than perfect" device couldn't hold the interests. and there is yet to b a successor.
Originally Posted by ShimmyShine
to extend the point: In my opinion RIM only has 2 types of devices, the 100% touch screen and the candy bar with the option of full or sure-type keyboards. if users have something to upgrade/change to they will probly b interested for a bit longer. or some will find the setup thats right for them.
We need to see sliders, flips, 4" screens and video out ports etc.
probly a bit to ask for a company that does all the software and hardware for itself. hmmm they should probly look at that business model.
Look at it this way... A large majority of BB users are coporate users...users who unfortunately have no time to come on BBos and vent or proclaim their love for their BBs... I personally think that the percentage of satisfied BB users is much higher than what's being shown here... think about it... who has more time to fill out an online survey?... a corporate manager or a teenager?... and who is the main target audience for a BB?... a corporate manager or a teenager?...
I won't dismiss the fact that RIM has some catching up to do (alot in fact... Iphone 4?!!) and yes they are totally losing the teen market (which is bad...you lose in the future as well) BUT.. right now, RIM is not really offering a Hip modern phone for teens and young adults... though if you ask RIM they will point to BBM... Most persons on this forums are not really gonna take advantage of all that RIM is offering in their products... thats why the Iphones and incredibles are so appealing right now... those phones offer more of what us techno geeks like to see in a phone... just my 2 cents..
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How about OS6? I've seen a billion vids of select people using it and that would keep me with my BB. Only problem is, they are taking waaay to long to release it. This is both enraging and frustrating. The current browser is horrible. GUIs on iPhones and Droids walk all over BB. OS6 appears to greatly bridge that gap, but jeez...send it out already! OS6 should have been the 1st OS released a year ago. Bet they wouldn't have near as many disenfranchised customers as they do right now.