Disclosure: We at Elondra developed and are alliance partners for RIM-BlackBerry
To us, it makes sense. BlackBerry is a business smart phone, they are friendly to developers, we are open source and it is well Blogcumented that the BlackBerry is a better more practical business phone:
- Most of the newer BlackBerries posses GPS, which makes Google Maps much more useful, especially for turn-by-turn directions
- The iPhone lacks basic cut and paste capabilities
- Despite Apple’s reputation for superior user interface design, the BlackBerry possesses keyboard shortcuts that make navigation around and between applications a breeze
- The BlackBerry’s phone quality is better than the iPhone’s
- The Safari browser is certainly more stunning than the BlackBerry’s primitive browser, but the iPhone seems to load even text-only pages more slowly than the BlackBerry over the EDGE network
- The BlackBerry possesses a general contacts application that makes contacting people by any given method more convenient
- The battery runs out faster on the iPhone simply because it is used for more tasks. This makes it less reliable for when one must take the device somewhere overnight without the opportunity to recharge.
Apple gives us the feeling that even though you buy the iPhone, or you develop for the Iphone, Apple will own your application, how accessible it is and the songs you listen to while you are waiting to be approved as well.
You are not exactly forced, but are at their mercy using the App Store, They don’t seem to care if you get payed, or how long it takes to pay you, even thought they are happy to promote 1 billion apps downloaded.
I get it, they want to have control and show their big muscles to the little developers. But as the iPhone becomes more and more popular among consumers (and they are, let’s face it, the iPhone is cool and sexy) how many business people will switch to the iPhone? how many developers creating savvy business applications will follow this trend? How good will the iPhone/Apple/Mac soldiers be in convincing you?
and…How does Open source mobility fit into Apple´s overall plan?