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Even after the announcement and speculation of Android, the other OS/phone companies are not just talking up (or down) Google’s entry. Their still taking shots at each other and what they view as weaknesses or shortcomings. Below are some excerpts from the CEO of Blackberry talking about Apple and Microsoft.

“As nice as the Apple iPhone is, it poses a real challenge to its users. That’s according to Research in Motion’s Mike Lazaridis, who has said that real phones need real keyboards. The RIM CEO told reporters: “Try typing a web key on a touchscreen on an Apple iPhone, that’s a real challenge. You cannot see what you type”. He added that he’s not too impressed with the Apple iPhone, and that it won’t kill off the Blackberry, The Register reported. Blackberry has some 20 million users globally and is currently the eighth biggest phone maker in the world.”

Apple killing of Blackerry with the iPhone is like Ford killing off Chevy with The Explorer. Sure, it’s a great product with tons of features. There’s also a ton of them out there. In my opinion, right now it only appeals to what I term as ‘niche market plus’. There is a certain type of person you’d expect to see carrying one. Ask yourself this, what kind of phone would you expect an HR director to have? Now, what kind of phone would you find in the pockets of a DJ? Two different people, two different phones. Of course there will always be crossover people. These are the ‘plus’ I refer to. I know plenty of people who bought a Blackberry because they like the features and design, just like I am sure there is a CEO of a major corporation in my town using the iPhone right now.

Co-CEO Jim Balsillie, goes on to say “Windows Mobile isn’t that big a competitor, …They are a modest force to RIM. Microsoft should be working at services, not at distributed PCs, which is what Windows Mobile actually still is.”

Hat tip to Smartphone Thoughts

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