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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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


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