Former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis once said about tablets:
“Yes, a tablet is a cool concept, but can you put it in your pocket?”
Need it be said that RIM promptly produced the PlayBook, their answer to the iPad.
Even as the BlackBerry was being eclipsed by Android-based devices, which offer a lot more bells, whistles, and toys than the BlackBerry, the incoming President and CEO, Thorston Heins, said this:
“At the very core of RIM—at its DNA—is the innovation. We always think ahead. We always think forward. We sometimes think the unthinkable.”
A blogger who recently switched to the iPhone had this to say about how BlackBerry changed the world:
“However, we have to keep in mind that the iPhone is what it is because BB set the original bar.”
President Barack Obama is the first U.S. President to carry a BlackBerry. He loves it, once saying
“It’s a wonderful thing.”
When his secret service people tried to take it away, the President resisted and now carries a one-of-a-kind, high-security BlackBerry.
Asked what his favourite piece of technology was, singer Rob Thomas said
“I know it seems pretty simple, but it’s got to be my BlackBerry. Just on a personal level, because I travel so much. The idea being able to communicate real-time with my wife – that’s a marriage saver in itself.”