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Is the BlackBerry finally too rotten to keep?



att-4lg-blackberry-torch-9810-pics-2.jpgLast week I told you about some new 4G BlackBerry offerings from AT&T and I know some BlackBerry owners were happy about the news. Still other readers expressed amazement in the longevity of the BlackBerry platform, noting that the stronghold the BlackBerry platform had on enterprise email and network communication was no longer exclusive, giving companies and individuals many more choices. Can the BlackBerry survive the challenges presented by that larger, crisper fruit and the multitude of offerings from the Android sect too?

ZDNet's Andrew Whittaker did a piece last week that listed five reasons why the BlackBerry who soon be the forbidden fruit of the smartphone nation. He makes a lot of good points that lead to the conclusion that the BlackBerry is no longer a good investment. There are lots of great smartphones out there, some designed to give the BlackBerry-faithful their familiar thumb-based interface while still providing the latest social media features BlackBerry continues to ignore. Twitter and Facebook isn't enough when iOS users are using their phones to make video calls like Dick Tracy.

If you are a BlackBerry user now, what's keeping you from making the switch? Have you explored your options? Does your office know there are many more fruits in the salad? I know people are passionate about this topic so send me your thoughts.

[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 1:40pm]


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