A group of investors gave RIM six months to turn their shares around or co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie could lose their titles. I’m quite sad to see BlackBerry fall this fast. I remember I got my first BlackBerry when I was a senior in high school. I had the model with the scroll wheel on the side. I thought I was the coolest person in my class! At that time Blackberry was typically for business people.
Within a few short years Blackberry seemed like it was the king of the smartphone world and they soon started getting a RIM device in the palm of every young person in America. I remember in college the Blackberry Pearl was a HUGE success! I ranted and raved over the Pearl and how fast I could type text messages. I will admit, the browser always kind of sucked. However, back then not a whole lot of people were worried about getting on the Internet using their phone.
Then in 2007 the iPhone was released the rest was history. Blackberry didn’t evolve and innovate fast enough. When they did decide to evolve and try to keep their numbers from slipping, they simply failed. I think I knew one person at work with a Blackberry Storm.
Finally, in the fall of 2008 Google released Android. As we all know, it started out slow. Now Android is the #1 smartphone OS in the United States and BlackBerry is letting Apple and Android eat their lunch.
I never thought I was going to leave a BlackBerry. I remember telling people that I love my Blackberry and I’ll always have one! Well, we can see how that ended. Things change so fast in the tech world. I’ve learned my lesson and I try not to use the word “never” when I’m making a statement about a gadget. I definitely won’t be saying anything about Windows Phone 7 right now. They’re starting off to a slow start, but so did Android.
We will see. Only time will tell how the market is going to change.