“I walked into my local AT&T Wireless store on Saturday fully expecting and prepared to get a Blackberry 8820. My Blackberry 8800 died while I was in London last week, and both Visa and American Express tried to protect me from fraud by disallowing my attempts to order a new phone over the web. Hence, my face-to-face visit with AT&T,” Matt Asay blogs for CNET.
Matt Asay blogs for CNET’s “The Open Road,” which emphasizes “the business and politics of open source.” Asay is general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, a company that develops open-source software for content management.
“Unfortunately for Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry, the in-store price for the 8820 was the same as the iPhone. I deliberated for all of three seconds and walked out with the iPhone,” Asay reports.
“The iPhone ‘just works,’ and then some… I thought I wouldn’t be able to type on the iPhone without tactile feedback. I was wrong. I’m actually faster on the iPhone than I ever was on the Blackberry, and that’s with only an hour of ‘training,'” Asay reports. “I thought I would miss a host of things with my Blackberry, but I haven’t. Instead, I’ve been blown away by the innovative use of gestures and the user interface. I resisted the iPhone for a year or so, but looking back it was inevitable that I’d end here.”
Asay reports, “The iPhone is an amazing device. It was inevitable that I’d find my way to it, just as it’s inevitable that it will continue to take more and more market share, eventually breeding lower-end devices that will change the way we use mobile ‘phones.'”
Full article here.
Many people will be shocked at how quickly RIM’s Blackberry is supplanted by Apple’s iPhone.