You've probably read all about the recent BlackBerry leaks. These are all CDMA devices, and they're all fairly disappointing. The CrackBerry article I just linked to talks about the specs, but barely scratches the surface of what this means for RIM in the future.
Let's take a look.
At All Things D, co-CEO of RIM Mike Lazaridis claimed that QNX would come to BlackBerry phones as soon as dual-core processors hit the market. They're out, and according to this leak, the PlayBook will be out before April. This makes no sense to me at all. Why would RIM keep pushing back a better operating system for its phones? Some of you are thinking battery life. But I've used plenty of BlackBerrys, and they already get superb battery life. They can afford to take a hit on battery life, if that's truly what they're waiting on.
Maybe RIM is waiting to get feedback on these new touchscreen devices that are in the pipeline for this year. But again, this is extremely puzzling. It's like RIM has no confidence in its devices. In my opinion, RIM is way too far behind the rest of the competition to wait any longer. The company was once a leader in innovation for mobile phones, and it needs to put devices out like it still is.
If RIM continues to put out mediocre hardware with mediocre software, then there's no doubt that they're going to continue spiraling downward in terms of market share and revenue. They have great ideas, like the PlayBook and QNX. They just need to build on it.