John Biggs, Mobile Crunch:
RIM’s legacy is writ large on the world around us. Almost every major enterprise mobile system is patterned on their excellent email and PIM solution. But they are now slaves to their own success. They can’t sell anything other than a keyboard-candybar phone in an era where the keyboard is increasingly irrelevant or hidden away until needed. This failure of imagination in both consumer and manufacturer is their curse. In a world where every phone is smart and every phone does email, there is little to recommend any RIM phone over any other. It’s over and now we’re just waiting for the buy-out and inevitable disappearance of one of the greatest mobile companies in modern memory.
Amazing how just a little while ago, Nokia was the reigning king and Blackberrys were the go-to business phone. And now it’s an iOS/Android landscape, with the BlackBerry and other phones trailing behind in the distance. And now that iOS 5 has taken away RIM’s only trump card, unless RIM can do something spectacular, I don’t think they’ll make it.