Dvorak fears RIM has seriously lost touch with reality

“The minute Apple Inc.’s iPhone appeared and rocketed to glory, everyone was wondering what RIM would do… So far, the company has been in the tank with a couple of real dogs,” John C. Dvorak writes for MarketWatch. “The first howler was RIM’s Storm, which I personally tried and found to be impossible to use and also annoying. Now we see the PlayBook, which will turn out to be a disaster.”

Dvorak writes, “For a company that got its reputation and hung its future on email, exactly why can’t the RIM PlayBook retrieve any? If you hook a phone to it, you can get your messages, yes. But that’s just ridiculous. Why can’t the thing retrieve email like every other tablet in the world just by itself?

“I’ve been under the impression that RIM was a company that could get through any downturn. But I never thought much about it muddling through a paradigm shift caused by a disruptive device — the app phone,” Dvorak writes. “It’s almost impossible to make a comeback from two glaring mistakes such as the Storm and the PlayBook. You’d have to hit a home run the next time at bat, even though RIM has not made any contact with the ball at all. Read more about RIM shares tumbling below $50 after company’s profit warning and analyst downgrades.”

Dvorak writes, “Here is my fear: The Waterloo, Ontario-based company has lost touch with reality and its customer base. Seriously.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, maybe we were wrong about RIM?

Just kidding. Dvorak’s fear is, for once, well-founded.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dominick P.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Dvorak: I really cannot see much of a need for Apple iPad – October 22, 2010
Dvorak: iPad is not going to be Apple’s next runaway best seller – February 12, 2010
Dvorak trolls: ‘Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone’ – March 28, 2007
Dvorak on Apple iPhone: ‘I think Apple can do wrong and I think this is it’ – January 13, 2007


  1. Dvorak saying RIM has lost touch with reality?

    Now that the pot calling the kettle black!

    On the other hand, its good to see that John is back on his meds.

    1. When John Dvorak – a man who carries the Good Housekeeping Seal of Nuttiness – says you’ve lost touch with reality, you probably really have gone “through the looking-glass”.

  2. Right. This is coming from someone who knows all about losing touch with reality. Shameless, I say. Can we have a Think Before You Click (TM) on this one, please?

  3. “The minute Apple Inc.’s iPhone appeared and rocketed to glory, everyone was wondering what RIM would do…”

    Whose Dvorak including in ‘everyone’? He thought the iPhone as a huge mistake and Apple would be embarrassed.

    1. So true…wow…such foresight…such analytic skills Dvorak demonstrates. Now where are the ad nauseum Dvorak iCal links that demonstrate those skills in action?

  4. Not “lost touch with reality”. They are delusional. You can’t match a few features of something that someone else is offering and think you will win over anyone. Clueless! You have to offer more and exceed the product or services.


  5. 🙂 Forget RimM
    Dudes, Buy AAPL stocks and make $$$$
    Record Profits every three months with $66 Billion Cash/securities+Zero debts!
    China money coming in and next is India surplus money!
    Ya, Hot Products to boot!
    FoxxConn is kept busy by iPhone + iPad 2 🙂
    Go AAPL to $422 this year, add $100/yr until 2015 🙂

  6. Wait, I have forgotten, who was it that said, Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone shortly after the iPhone introduction? Was it Enderle, was it Dvorak, oh I’m almost to the point of care.

    “What Apple risks here is its reputation as a hot company that can do no wrong. If it’s smart it will call the iPhone a “reference design” and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures.

    “It should do that immediately before it’s too late. Samsung Electronics Ltd. SSNGY 0.00% might be a candidate. Otherwise I’d advise you to cover your eyes. You’re not going to like what you’ll see.”

    Read the original master at his full glory:
    “John Dvorak’s Second Opinion
    March 28, 2007, 7:18 p.m. EDT
    Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone”


    A prophet, that man is.

    1. My favorite line from that article is
      “There is no likelihood that Apple can be successful in a business this competitive.”
      No likelihood huh? Haha!
      Thanks for linking the article! I needed a good laugh…

  7. Remember RIM email was plain text POS came even view anything inline. The minute BB users saw the email on the iPhone with rich beautiful text and inline images, they turned around and asked their IT/CIO who probably gave them some BS line on why it’s not a good idea.

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