I have posted several times here on RIM BlackBerry competitors (see my Nokia E61, the Treo 750v, and the Motorola Q coverage), but today the chairman and co-chief executive, Jim Balsillie, made statments that RIM isn't seeing much of an effect. Mr. Balsillie stated,
I haven't noticed an impact yet. Those guys are kind of knocking each other. We're a platform that goes beyond that. We're much more of a service solution.I haven't noticed an impact yet. Those guys are kind of knocking each other. We're a platform that goes beyond that. We're much more of a service solution.
The Motorola Q has been out since July and one reason RIM may not have seen much of an impact yet is that Verizon has very high data rates so consumers probably aren't embracing it as much as Motorola was hoping. Also, Motorola just recently released the AKU2 Messaging and Security Pack update that added Direct Push support to the Q. Also, Nokia and Cingular just announced that the Nokia E62, Nokia E61 sister, would be available soon from Cingular so it is too early to judge that device's success yet. I admit I haven't yet tried a BlackBerry device, although the Pearl is tempting me, but I don't see how a BlackBerry goes beyond something like a Windows Mobile or Nokia smartphone that has integrated cameras, WiFi, push email, native document viewing and editing and so much more functionality. It will be interesting to see how these BlackBerry competitors do in the enterprise market as they become available in larger number towards the end of this year.