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.]

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42 Comments

  1. “LOL. Even that buffoon can see it.”

    Or the other possible interpretation… Since Delusional Dvorak thinks RIM is doomed, they must be OK.

    (Ohhh, let us all give thanks for these wise pundits who let us know what is going on.)

  2. You’re Getting Lazy MDN…I fondly remember the days you would have called the gas bag out and linked us all the times Dvorak said iPhone would phail, Apple didn’t get it, etc…

    1. So typical for prognosticators such as Dvorak to simply ignore their past failures and go on prognosticating for the masses ignorant of their ignorance.

  3. Rim was dead the moment Apple clearly redefined the sector. Rim had ten years at the top to perfect a GUI but sat back and got lazy. Apple’s iPhone release flat out embarrassed their best products. Now Rim is stuck. They have no income other than declining cell phone sales, no reliable OS, no desktop OS, no great apps, and they are now up against companies like Apple, Nokia/MicroSoft, Google, which have deep pockets, command chip supplies, and can afford the costly R&D to design their products to integrate perfectly with PCs along with other devices (like AppleTV or Xbox etc)

    A few years ago most of my friends had BBs. Today I know two people who still have BBs. One (student) because it was the cheapest option, and the other says they are getting an iPhone the second their BB Bold contract is up.

    The playbook had to be great and clearly is not. Now even faithful dvorks like Dvorak can’t pretend anymore. I’m betting six more months until Rim is bought, mostly for their patents.

  4. Yes, their is hope for RIM after all. If Dvorak the Dork has never seem reality and never in touch with anything but himself made the comment.
    Yes, I love Apple product and would never buy a RIM product , but real competition is good for the industry.

  5. “iPhone which doesn’t look, I mean to me, I’m looking at this thing and I think it’s kind of trending against, you know, what’s really going, what people are really liking on, in these phones nowadays, which are those little keypads. I mean, the Blackjack from Samsung, the Blackberry, obviously, you know kind of pushes this thing, the Palm, all these… And I guess some of these stocks went down on the Apple announcement, thinking that Apple could do no wrong, but I think Apple can do wrong and I think this is it.” – JCD – 13 Jan 2007

  6. iPhone which doesn’t look, I mean to me, I’m looking at this thing and I think it’s kind of trending against, you know, what’s really going, what people are really liking on, in these phones nowadays, which are those little keypads. I mean, the Blackjack from Samsung, the Blackberry, obviously, you know kind of pushes this thing, the Palm, all these… And I guess some of these stocks went down on the Apple announcement, thinking that Apple could do no wrong, but I think Apple can do wrong and I think this is it.”
    John C. Dvorak, 13 January 2007

  7. Dvorhack, being semi-lucid? Pigs must be flying. I think Gruber linked a piece by Enderle in the last couple days where he was semi-lucid as well. Dogs must be living with cats.

    1. Well, that pretty much solves it for me. We are in the end of days. Dogs and cats living together, and we just have to look out our windows to see the mass hysteria……………… 🙂

  8. I love the “journalist” that were reporting how cool the playbook was. From a mockup, to CES showing and up to final pre release. They were hyping this pile of poorly linked parts and unfilled dreams to the max! The industry has gotten to this ship anything and fix it later concept. The public is not buying it any more!

    Any normal person could see it was dead before it even arrived…

  9. I keep saying it, but at least RIM uses the integrated hardware/software model.

    We sell the Playbook where I work and so far we have sold a grand total of 3 (maybe 4). The first 3 sales were on launch day.

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