Robb Dunewood, who is a recognized industry thought leader in the BlackBerry space, offers his thoughts on what it would take to get him to switch from a BlackBerry to an iPhone.
On his RIMarkable blog, Robb says he'd go there if these three conditions were achievable:
An incredibly responsive touch screen — I recently had the opportunity to toy around with a mobile device that only has a touch screen for input and I have to say, that after about 5 minutes of getting used to the interface, it really wasn’t all that bad. I was able to thumb out messages almost as effectively as I can on my BlackBerry 7130e. It’s kind of strange typing without the tactile feel of buttons, but so long as the screen is responsive, is absolutely something I could get used to.
Push email, contacts, and calendar — I started to say a Windows Mobile 6-like BlackBerry Virtual Machine, however, email is the killer BlackBerry app for me and as long as I can get it, send, it, and keep my calendar and contacts up to date like I can on my BlackBerry, I think that I would be OK.
The ability to switch back — There is an incredible amount of hype surrounding the iPhone and, although I am probably getting caught up in much of it, don’t see any harm in giving the iPhone an shot so long as I can switch back if it doesn’t work for me.
Robb then 'fesses up and says he will probably get an iPhone in addition to his BlackBerry.