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;

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

  • I finally gave in and bought a blackberry pearl last month after years with a nokia 2280. i quite like it but still does most of the same make phone calls…email functionality is helpful and the camera is great but i’m a bit slow on making use of other stuff on it.

    the iphone looks cool but all that stabbing around on the touch pad is a bit weird.

    this just confirms to me that we will always have gear that is immediately out of date and missing the latest new innovation. to me that creates a barrier to purchase which is probably why i’m always behind the times.

    the question is what do we do with all the old gear?

  • The iPhone is, no doubt very cool. I have only used the iPod Touch and base my impressions on that. The thing is this, though. Owning an iPhone will not make you cool. It may actually say all sorts of other things about you: Ostentatious, needy,…you know, the politics of envy.

    Me, I hate it when my phone rings and I won’t answer or check messages from people who block their number. If I can’t call you back at my leisure and if I choose to then – sorry. Delete.

    On an unrelated matter…have you seen – build apps with no need for code knowledge, hosted online. What do you you think?

  • Yep – it looks good David (at first glance and with no real in-depth knowledge)

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