As RIMM will report results today, the Ottawa Citizen had a great article today on the Apple vs Rim war:
The question for RIMM shareholders is when will RIM's long-promised iPhone killer finally hit the market.
Robust earnings growth and sales of more than 11 million devices are expected, along with further declines in average selling prices.
"That's where the anticipated BlackBerry 9800 comes in. The touchscreen device is said to have a full slide-out keyboard, along with a new operating system and revamped web browser.
Analysts say the new device, expected to be dubbed the BlackBerry Torch, could revive RIM's sagging fortunes in North America and help it regain some of its faded glory".
Motorola launched the Droid X phone, which lets users shoot video, watch movies and browse the Web. With an 8 MP camera (the iPhone 4 has 5MP), the Droid X's display is also larger than the 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone 4 and will also will be able to play video on sites that use Adobe's Flash. Remember that Apple has this convoluted and restrictive application licensing systems. Steve Jobs banned Flash from Apple's iPhone and iPad mobile devices and said it as slow, buggy and power hungry. He apparently also restricts and bans some Google apps. Not the way to go Mr. Jobs.
Continues the Citizen:
RIM's overseas sales have grown steadily, but much of the gains have come from sales of low-end devices that have weighed on the company's average selling price. RIM is also facing more competition within its once-secure enterprise segment, as some companies are allowing employees to swap BlackBerry devices for other smart phones.
RIM's critics are quick to note the BlackBerry's clunky web browser, its dearth of in-built memory, its humdrum app store and the lack of a compelling touchscreen device.
But many BlackBerry aficionados and RIM investors are hoping the Waterloo, Ont.-based company will address most of these concerns with a launch of the new device and operating system this summer".