Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Genuine Appeal to RIM

It’s no news that there have been discussions and calls for more Apps for RIM‘s ecosystem.  Why does someone need 600,000 apps?  Don’t get me wrong, if there are that many apps available, so be it – my issue with apps count is that majority of the 600k apps will be repetitive and for all I care, a good percentage of them may be junks!
In my humble opinion, I think RIM is still being punished on its PlayBook sales because the very important and popular apps are still missing.  Even on my part, while playing around with a friend’s iPad, I couldn’t help feeling that I was missing something important that a tablet should be able to do – I saw apps like Skype, Rebtel, Magijack and Netflix at work on the iPad; and I thought to myself that something is wrong somewhere.  By no chance did I feel that I wanted the hardware that iPad stood for.  Let me be clear here; if RIM is able rally around developers and exceed the 600k mark that Apple has set, they will most likely still not get the desired sales – not until they bring in the popular ones that majority use. So, RIM, I’m appealing that you perfect the current experience by paying to have these apps developed for the platform. You can easily tell that I’m a big fan!
Bring on the above-mentioned apps and other popular ones and prove me wrong if sales of the PlayBook does not skyrocket – it’s already a great product, but make it more appealing please! As I love to say: RIM’s destiny is in RIM’s hands.

Politics and Us

I like to refer to the situation as We and Them sometimes, and what I mean by that is We and the Politicians. We like to blame them all the time when things go wrong in our societies, when in actual fact we made that choice and the hand-writing is always boldly written on the wall. Sometimes of course, we hold expectations that are too high, forgetting that these guys are just human like us too – given similar situations with positions reversed, we’ll probably be worse.

We should be wary of a politician promising to do better than the incumbent. The truth is he may actually be better, but it’s always a probability thing. Another truth we need to know is that, for the most part, these guys always try to satisfy us, but the society is very complex. My long and short story is that we should endeavor to do our part in the society too and not leave all to the politicians; they are just one piece of the puzzle.

So, What Exactly Went wrong with RIM?

This question has been on my mind and I’m yet to find a reasonable answer. Let’s forget the Apps deficiency for once and talk about what their PlayBook tablet can really that other more popular tablets out there cannot do. I really don’t get it. But of course, I’m able to see the strong sentiment against anything RIM stands for. What do they need to do to get back into the game?

I’m sure this is not just going to be about launching BB10 or great products; if those so-called negative analysts are able to convince consumers that RIM’s products are dead on arrival, people easily latch on that. A lot of times I rely on reviews to purchase certain products, and that’s just the power held by our so-called analysts.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem in highlighting mis-steps (of which RIM has many to his credits); it’s absolutely important to also note those things they’ve done extremely well.

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