Originally Posted by nikon133
I don't think that iPad and (any) mobile phone are in the same category.
People are buying BBs as communication devices. Web browsing is nowhere near the top of BB application list.
We had BB Pearl for 2 years as company phones. I personally never-ever used it for web, but it did great job for emailing, txting... most BBs (all except Storm, I believe) have smaller screens than iPhone, and for me iPhone screen is absolute minimum for reasonably comfortable web browsing. Anything smaller is pure torture.
On the other side, iPad has screen resolution that was pretty standard for laptops few years ago. It is not pocketable. It is not phone at all. How can those devices be comparable? It is even worst than comparing PC gaming on netbooks and high-end desktops, even if both are Windows PC computers.
Our company has used BB devices every since I can remember the first one to come out and I have used many versions of it. I was a huge fan of BB even when the iPhone came out I still happily used the BB because I liked the tactile keyboard. The BB does do email very well, not the best but very well and sucks at web browsing very much.
I finally gave up my company paid BB device and opted for an iPhone (out of my pocket) since I struggled with the BB not handling attachments very well and having a lousy web browser. I got tired of my emails being converted into text when I replied and not being able to see images attached to emails with the BB. I get a lot of emails on a daily basis and need to be able to read error messages sent to me by users with problems. I used to have to wait to get back at the desk before I was able to see these error messages.
Now I can say I am very happily able to read/reply to messages without having it converted into text every time and having the ability to open up a web page to look something up.
I find myself having more patience when waiting in lines because I can now distract my mind until it's my turn.
I think the Blackberry has it's place and a lot of companies still use them. Our company has changed policies and is welcoming anyone with iPhones and giving out instructions on how to setup their company email on them. The only covet to that, is you have to pay for it yourself. Which is ok with me since now I can do unlimited text messaging without hearing from mgmt about my limits.