I'm tired of all these 'BB is doomed', 'RIM is the past' prophecies getting posted everyday, everywhere.
I'm a proud user of a 9800 Torch for the entire past year now, and I must be really a weird guy, cause I'm actually HAPPY with BB.
I didn't pursue the biggest app store, I didn't like phone gaming (that's what my 3DS, X360 and PC are here for, BTW). I just wanted a reliable phone service, with complete email integration and, if possible, multimedia capabilities for my spare time. AND I GOT PRECISELY THAT FROM MY TORCH (and my brand new PB, also).
I also think most of the people tend to be far too much U.S.-centric. BB is doing really well in many many different countries (such as mine, Spain, where BB has increased its market share up to 6% or so in the last 12 months).Maybe most of those sales were cheaper, entry-level 8300s, but nevertheless those are also teens/pre-teens (i.e. future adults with their own money ;-) ) getting used to the BB interface and apps.
RIM is having trouble, OK. They were late and they were worse than their competitors for some time. BUT there are millions of people using BB phones all over the world, and that has to be taken into account.
There are many things RIM could've done better: here in Spain, App World prices are way more expensive than Apple or Android ones for the same app. Also, I was NOT pleased to know that my months-old 600€ smartphone wouldn't be getting even an OS7 upgrade, NEVER EVER.
But even with this, my Torch works well and it does the job I wanted my phone to do. So, why all the iPhone, Android ads from people that cannot difference between an 1600+ Athlon and a i5 4-core PC, appart from the 'flat' monitor? To simply look 'cooler'?
As long as BB serves me right, I'm done with all those tech gurus and prophets... Long live BB!!!