It's that time of year again: Consumer watchdogs JD Power posted the results of their recent Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study. It should come as no surprise that the iPhone is once again king of the hill in the hearts of those who participated in the study, allowing iPhone owners to stand proud in the knowledge that they possess a handful of awesome.
RIM is really shooting for some market share these days, especially now that the competition has really ramped up with Apple's iPhone in the business sphere and Google's Android OS stocked on all sorts of handsets. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is now preparing a tablet that is supposedly their answer to an already very competitive market--where Apple reigns as King.
Is it a case of creativity? Perhaps. Or is it more that the crew at Microsoft have way too much time on their hands? Maybe. Either way, Redmond and Co. decided to live up the Windows Phone 7 reaching RTM status by actually throwing a funeral complete with procession for the iPhone and the Blackberry.
With iPad sales continuing to roll merrily along, Apple's competitors are rallying to ride the tablet train. Canada's Reseach In Motion, who we all know and love as the briefcase toting, three-piece suit wearing RIM, is no different as they're rumored to be in the final stages of developing a tablet of their own, which could be called the "BlackPad".
Ok, we'll admit it: That's a sweet name. But what's it got going for it? Plenty, if the rumormill is correct.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) used to rule the mobile roost essentially unchallenged. Until the iPhone was introduced and began eating up its market share. The recent release of the BlackBerry Torch was designed as a counterstrike (its slide out keyboard no doubt an enticement to keep current BB users). However, two international stories threaten to put a damper on the company's comeback.
Well, that was short-lived. Apple has removed all of the “death grip” videos from their website, which showed in gory detail how competing models from companies such as Motorola, RIM and HTC also exhibited the same signal attenuation problems as the iPhone 4 when held a certain way.
It was the week to fight zombies, the week to jailbreak your iPhone, the week to kick iOS 4 to the curb for 3G owners. Holy cow, it sounds like a week of revolutions, or as things go lately when we're talking Apple, just another week of thrills, chills, and bellyaches. How did the Mac|Life staff handle it all, barricaded in the office, fighting off the brain hungry hordes? Not too shabby, we have to say. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to reload.
You knew it was only a matter of time right? While not official, word is out that RIM is wanting to get in on the tablet fun this November. Like the rest, their sights are set on knocking out the iPad.
Earlier this year, the hot news in technology was all about who or what was going to acquire Palm. At the end of the fiasco, HP was the one who walked away victorious with Palm's secret blueprints, acquiring the company for $1.2 billion in late April.
However, word on the street is that the competition for Palm was probably greater than we thought. Apple, Google and BlackBerry makers Research in Motion were also vying for the company's mobile technology.
reports that a new Crowd Source study shows that Blackberry owners
haven't developed long-term affinity for their devices. The study
revealed that 39% of current Blackberry owners said they are "very
likely" to buy an iPhone as their next device. Another 34% said they
expect to try an Android next.