Paul Smith in Financial Review:
BlackBerry chief exectutive officer Thorsten Heins has said the rapidly advancing global smartphone market has left Apple’s iPhone in its wake, and predicted his company would have 100,000 native apps available for its Z10 devices in time for the US launch later this week.
First, the compliments:
Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market … They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that.
Then, the insult:
History repeats itself again I guess … the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.
BlackBerry, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung all do the exact same thing. Compare and contrast everything except user experience. Bullet points of features. Old interface vs. new interface. But absolutely nothing that points out how BlackBerry’s interface is better than an iPhone’s interface.