Yours truly, back in May 2008, on the trouble the iPhone posed for RIM:
There is marketing. There most certainly is design. But at the
core of this market — by which I mean the market for handheld
multitasking web-surfing networked-everywhere “phones” which
are really computers — is engineering.
Apple is the best handheld computer engineering company in the
world today, hands down. They’re also the best handheld
computer user experience design company. And they’re not
I.e., RIM was bringing knife-making skills to a gun-making market battle. Starting with the iPhone, the mobile industry shifted from phone/messaging to full-on mobile computing, and RIM wasn’t prepared for that. And in hindsight, that’s why Android has fared so well in the three years since I wrote the above. Android is a mobile computing platform, not merely a phone/messaging platform.
★ Friday, 17 June 2011