RUMOR: RIM’s BlackBerry Thunder is FUBAR, a joke; nowhere near ready for release

The Boy Genius Report says that a summer launch for the BlackBerry Thunder may be delayed due to software and hardware design issues, according to a Research in Motion insider.

Yet another iPhone lookalike-not-workalike device, the first touchscreen BlackBerry is described as “in no way shape or form” ready for market debut and has glaring bugs that include an incredibly annoying touchscreen keyboard, a buggy interface, a touchscreen that ripples when touched, and an accelerometer that goes “bonkers” when the device is moved.

The source told BGR that “If Bold was any indication, Thunder won’t be ready for at least another 4-5 months.”

“Most of the people who have handled it thinks it’s a joke,” the source says.

Full article here.

This is a rumor, but, if true, it unsurprisingly sounds as if yet another “iPhone Killer” will be DOA.


  1. classic. RIM is dead. They should shut down and return the money to shareholders. seriously, a little too early to call this one DOA. what did walt mossberg say about the new iphone’s battery life? could barely get through the day – and sometimes didn’t? this is far more important than whether the thunder is having pre-release issues…

  2. Battery life is highly subjective. On days when I use my iPhone for making lots of calls, getting/sending lots of emails, heavy web browsing and using the map feature, it barely makes it through the day and sometimes doesn’t! On normal use days, it has plenty of power left at the end of the day.

  3. S Jobs: In your dreams, Thunder.
    BlackBerry CEO: Yeah, right. Thunder? What’s he talkin’ about, Thunder?
    S Jobs: Well, you know, because Thunder always comes after… Lightning!
    [reporters crowd around Jobs and iPhone]
    BlackBerry CEO: [to his pitcrew] Who here knew about the Thunder thing?

    Apologies to Pixar and Co.

  4. I agree. The truth is always simple.

    Unfortunately for the iPhone competitors: Innovate (Apple); Imitate (RIM, Sprint, et al); and Idiocy (Microsoft). (Buffet)

    The idiocy makes way for the innovator again.

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