@mfbertozzi, I get what you're saying about Samsung being in a different position five years ago... and that's true... but what exactly do you think are RIM's "strong capabilities for recovering?"
What advantages do they have at this point? What wise strategies are they currently pursuing? Who is their dynamic leadership? What recent product of theirs was/is an absolute blockbuster? I'm sorry, but I'm really not seeing much in the way of potential here...
DennisQ, I was thinking specifically about your sentence inside last section of the post.
"Anyhow, RIM is not a viable competitor to Apple or Samsung at this point"
It is true, definitely. But three years - five years ago, maybe anyone imagined Samsung could become a competitor for Apple, as of today. It happened. When RIM launched its services and started its business, maybe other players as Google for instance, wasn't so used at large. Competion is really changed due to difference mix of players. This is another point to consider. If done it, I believe RIM has strong capabilities for recovering.
While I think it's important for top leadership of the organization to stay positive and try to put an uplifting spin on things, there's a big difference between being optimistic and losing touch with reality. Balsillie does indeed seem to have boarded a spaceship at some point.
I don't like how Balsillie kind of tiptoes around the failure of the Playbook. Yes, it launched in Asia. Yes, key carriers and retail partners are supporting it. Yes, there are bundle options. But is it selling? Is it a good product? No, not really.
And the fact RIM only shipped 200k Playbooks in Q2 is kind of an irrelevant number because it's unlikely the Q1 shipment was even close to selling out. You can ship all the units you want, it doesn't matter if they're just collecting dust. I'm near certainly a token amount of product will be shipped in Q3.
Anyhow, RIM is not a viable competitor to Apple or Samsung at this point. That's crazy. If they don't dump the tablet idea and focus on reviving their dying line of phones, Balsillie won't be on this conference call next year.
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