There are a lot of people who still prefer real keyboards. I've used several different BlackBerry's (including a new Q10) as well as several Android devices (Xperia X10, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4). Even with all the neat third party keyboards available on Android, I haven't yet found one that let's me type as fast as my Q10. This is why the Torch owners seem to like their devices so much.
Licensing ActiveSync didn't completely undermine the enterprise need for BlackBerry. Ask a CIO what his biggest headaches are, I bet that managing BYOD is at or near the top of the list. And this is years after ActiveSync, according to you, solved all the enterprise issues of iOS. I agree that getting ActiveSync support opened the door for the iPhone to enter the enterprise but it was far from a silver bullet.
They can but that also locks down your personal experience later. Do you really want to relinquish control of your personal device? At least with Balance you can do whatever you want and load whichever spyware fart app you want and the business will still be able to protect their data.
You may think it's fine but I bet your corporate security group has other feelings on the matter.
The world doesn't wait for or revolve around the USA. If the UK carriers can launch tomorrow and Canadian carriers can launch in just a few days then there is no one to blame but the US carriers themselves.
I'm mostly in agreement with Omnifarious. I've seen developers who are actually incapable of following the same instructions provided to customers to install the software they work on. Developers should definitely be put in the end Admin's seat once in a while, I don't think it should be a permanent thing though. It should be seen as a learning experience for the developer in UE.
What about Siri? Or MobileMe/iCloud? Even Gmail has unexpected outages. With RIM's move on the PlayBook OS to use ActiveSync and standard web protocols for accessing email you're ending up with RIM's infrastructure being used only for added features, which even Apple and Google can't claim 100% uptime for. On PlayBook/BB10 if RIM's network goes down your ActiveSync, POP/IMAP email will still work. Going forward, you really have no more impact from an outage of a service than you would with any of the big vendors.
On the topic of control by governments, don't worry about that, the telcos are all in the various governments pockets already (Bush proved that with his wiretapping).
RIM is already using ActiveSync in the PlayBook OS, which is what will become BB 10. Microsoft won't be able to lock out certain vendors devices overtly, that would open them up to an investigation for anti-competitive practices. I'm sure they would like to be able to but it just won't happen. Do you really think Google or RIM would just throw up the white flag and let Microsoft lock their OS's out of ActiveSync (or whatever new protocol they create to replace it)?
I've been working in IT for about a decade actually. Just because you're not used to hearing it like that doesn't mean it's wrong, just unconventional perhaps. I did go on to better explain it in my next post, since it evidently needed some clarification. And saying "Dude...lol...and stfu" is not calling me out on it, that comment didn't add anything to the discussion or counter my viewpoint. It was meant only to start a pointless war like this. If the phrase needed more definition or context there are better ways to say it. I don't believe that he/she was at work and couldn't log in with their real account, if his/her Nexus phones work so great, just log in through one of them.
I do support BB's on BES and it's not nearly as difficult as you make it out to be and really if good security was easy, everyone would do it. Security and usability require striking a balance, which I believe RIM has done a reasonable job with.
I'm always surprised at how much of an issue people make about the capability to remotely wipe phones, given how rarely it's useful. If the phone is simply lost, it's better to have something on the lock-screen that says, "If found, please contact [whoever]." If the phone is stolen because they want the hardware, they're just going to wipe the data anyway. If people are stealing it for the data, then all they have to do is block the phone/internet signal and the remote wipe won't happen.
That's why BB has an optional policy that will cause a phone to wipe itself if it can't contact the server for a set amount of time. Once contact is lost a timer starts on the phone itself so no server contact is required for a wipe to occur. This is of course a double edged sword that could get triggered if a user goes on vacation but simple planning can prevent that from being an issue.
I've got Karma to spare so I'll take the bait. I've been using both Android and BB for several years, side by side (yes, I carry two phones 24/7). The BB feels much smoother moving between tasks than the Android does. I can do and see more in a single view with the BB than I can with Android. I can write an email, SMS, BBM, Facebook post or Twitter update all from one screen, I can also view all of those in one view if I choose to. On Android, sure there are apps where I can do each of those but I have to open each app to do it. And yes some manufacturers have timeline apps to view all that together and I've used a couple, they suck, they poll for data separately from the official Facebook and Twitter apps, just what I want, to download the same data twice! I have my Gmail, Facebook and Twitter accounts going to both of my phones. I reach for the BB first when I want to use any of those because of the better UE I get from the BB. Maybe my problem is I'm not concerned enough about having the latest Angry Birds version.
If you're going to troll behind an anonymous handle at least have the decency to support your view with an explanation.
The management platform isn't really untested, it will be the same one used to manage PlayBooks now http://blogs.blackberry.com/2012/03/introducing-blackberry-device-service-for-blackberry-mobile-fusion/ . I'm also going to argue with your "under powered" claim. The specs may be lower but I have a BB 9900, a SE Xperia and a Galaxy S2, the 9900 runs just as smoothly and feels less fragmented when performing a task. Raw hardware specs are not always the same as user experience.
Unfortunately no one has stepped up to the plate to match the built in security and manageability of RIM's platforms. Leaving such features up to third party solutions/vendors leaves businesses in the same position as Timothy, wondering if they can trust them or not. If RIM falls there will be a void no other vendor is prepared to fill.