RIM may just have chosen the wrong time to announce their new flagship phone — the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This is due to the bad press circling the banning and monitoring of BlackBerry Messenger and a report that states Android is now ahead of BlackBerry in smartphone sales.
It seems as though the popularity of the BlackBerry is taking a huge slump since the rise of the Android OS, and also faces huge competition from Apple and the iPhone 4.
NPD’s consumer tracking program said that this is the first quarter since Q4 2007 that the BlackBerry has fallen from first place, and is now behind Android with Apple trailing them both.
This is the first time BlackBerry has been overtaken, and maybe the only other reason that Apple didn’t do so before, was due to having the exclusive partnership with AT&T.
Either way, it does not look like BlackBerry’s new phone will sway much decision in the smartphone world.
The Torch’s hardware specifications are not exactly groundbreaking. The only major difference is the pixel count for the camera. Everything else, except obvious screen and resolution changes are the same.
On top of all the bad news surrounding RIM’s future as a number one competitor, more and more competition seems to be getting involved. Windows Phone 7 is due to be coming sometime in the future, and we can only guess what Apple and Android are going to do next. RIM however, do not seem to have pushed many boundaries with BlackBerry OS 6.
Apps are where it’s at, and with just around 6,500 for the BlackBerry compared to that of 100,000 for Android and 250,000 for Apple, it seems that support for the BlackBerry is dwindling.
I own a BlackBerry Bold 9700 myself, and I can tell you that I am disappointed with the amount of apps available (or not available) for the phone. Sometimes I wish I had just gone for the iPhone or Android option instead.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the phone. I enjoy using BBM to contact my friends, but I can not help but think… what if?
Do you own a BlackBerry and wish you got an iPhone or Android handset instead? How do you feel about the future of RIM and the BlackBerry?