A Sexy Celebrity Endorsement for BlackBerry
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- When former Sex and the City star Kristin Davis tweets, I listen. But does BlackBerry
The other day, in Best Buy and Microsoft: The Blind Leading the Partially-Sighted , I made the case that Microsoft's
Because it's the major markets, where Apple and Microsoft already have significant retail presences, that matter. The issue isn't about sales channels; it's about the devices. Both the quality of the devices and the marketing. Microsoft blows on both counts; Apple doesn't.
That statement should cease being opinion; it's obvious and objective fact. Microsoft could have Best Buy
So let's flesh this out, as it pertains to the artist formerly known as RIM .
Microsoft has crappy devices; BlackBerry doesn't and never has. Microsoft put out some snappy commercials showing what its tablet can do and Apple's
BlackBerry, as Davis's Tweet nicely illustrates (she has a way about her), started this whole smartphone craze. Apple didn't. Apple just came along and kicked Blackberry's ass while James Balsillie was busy failing to bring a National Hockey League franchise to Southern Ontario. BlackBerry will never recover to the extent that it overtakes Apple; however it can do better.
Davis is hardly alone in her love for that QWERTY keyboard. As an iPhone 5 owner, I have even given the new BlackBerries a look. The one with the keyboard. Unlike Microsoft, RIM doesn't need new, different or better devices. This next generation is good. It just has to stop trying to be everything to everybody. It has to cease futile efforts to compete with Apple. And it has to play to its strength.
I see the company marketing to folks who love the physical keyboard. But it also feels a bit like People are holding out for this style of phone from us and, once we get it out there, they'll come back in droves . Not sure. BlackBerry needs to find a way to make a unique push, remind people of what got them hooked on their smartphones in the first place and, more importantly, deal with the droves of us stuck in two-year contracts we could, with the right deal, be lured away from.