Firstly I need to say that I’m not in the camp that heralds the iPhone as a world changing, cure for cancer sort of a device. I do however think it’s cool, and now that enterprise users are seeing the functionality that they need, there is no reason to think that iPhones won’t start to replace RIM devices en masse. After all enterprise users generally use other consumer devices (iPods and the like) so the iPhone concept makes sense to them on an emotional level.
Interesting to see that RIM is trying to hit back with the release of its latest Blackberry device.
Also interesting to see that Microsoft and RIM have inked a deal to see Windows Live services enabled on RIM devices (messenger and hotmail).
The move makes sense for both MS and RIM who are both concerned about the threat from Apple. But at the end of the day it comes down to user comfort and enjoyment. The Blackberry is an austere device that reeks of command lines, greenscreen monitors and tape drives when compared to the iPhone which is sleek and fun.
But remember that I don’t work in a corporate (and to be honest don’t have either an iPhone or a RIM device, but donations gratefully accepted), so lets see what the real world out there thinks;