Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 18:59 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I doubt Research In Motion really knew what hit them back when the iPhone launched. I doubt they really knew what hit them when Android steamrolled the smartphone market. And, today, I still doubt they really know what the heck they are supposed to do to turn their sinking ship around. Update: RIM contacted us with a statement on the matter - they state everything in the BGR article is wrong. Read on for the full statement.
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RE[5]: Worse than iPhone iOS 1.0?
by tony on Sat 24th Dec 2011 03:04 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Worse than iPhone iOS 1.0?"
tony
Member since:
2005-07-06

tony,

"I don't listen to Internet radio, Skype, or IRC on my iPhone, nor have I had any desire to. If I do any of those, I do it on a regular laptop or desktop."

With all due respect, that answer is a cop out.


Why is it a cop-out? Those are things I've never done (and I don't know anyone that does). I mean, IRC? Any smartphone would be terrible for that. Internet radio? If I'm listening to music on my phone I'm on a plane, so it's locally stored music. Skype? Maybe that'd be handy. It would only be handy internationally for me, and then only with a decent Wifi connection.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

tony,

It's a cop out because those are all reasonable things to have a smart phone do without a computer, and you said you can just use a computer for the things your smartphone doesn't do well. You're answer, while being true, doesn't say anything to justify the shortcoming.

To exaggerate the point for effect, I could say it doesn't matter if my smart phone doesn't receive phone calls reliably because I can always take them on my land line. While the statement is true, it doesn't justify the deficiency.


Your answer was a cop out in the same way.

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tony Member since:
2005-07-06

tony,

It's a cop out because those are all reasonable things to have a smart phone do without a computer, and you said you can just use a computer for the things your smartphone doesn't do well. You're answer, while being true, doesn't say anything to justify the shortcoming.

To exaggerate the point for effect, I could say it doesn't matter if my smart phone doesn't receive phone calls reliably because I can always take them on my land line. While the statement is true, it doesn't justify the deficiency.


Your answer was a cop out in the same way.


It would be a cop out if the iPhone can't do those things. But it can, and I just don't.

I mean, common, IRC? For direct messages, through SMS/BBM/iChat, it works fine. In a chat room? It's like saying you could write a novel on a smartphone. Yeah, you could, but why would you want to?

I can do Pandora on my iPhone (and in the background), but I don't. Maybe not a bad idea for when I'm running, but most of the time when I'm listening to music I'm on a plane. No Internet access. I usually use Pandora or Last.fm if I'm sitting down and cranking out work. And that involves a laptop (although I've done a few articles on an iPad with a bluetooth keyboard).

Same with Skype.

So no, not a copout.

Edited 2011-12-24 04:34 UTC

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