It's Apple's game to lose. Tim Cook is exactly the wrong person to be CEO. He seems like a tweaker, someone who dusts and sweeps in the corners but won't move the furniture.
On the other hand, Blackberry (it feels weird not calling them RIM) are going all out. Their innovations to BB10 will make Tim Cook look even more uninspired.
EDIT: The above comment is my prediction of the public's perception of Tim Cook in the next few months (an otherwise nice guy and good leader). Not gospel. But it will be interesting to watch how BB10 does and how Apple responds.
The way I see it that everything that made the iPhone so original and successful has now been more or less commoditized and so the field is somewhat open.
The closest thing I've seen to the next stage of smartphone evolution is Google Now. Even in it's lowly v1 it is useful and I can totally see it becoming Android's killer app. Also, Google's engineering and services are well suited to executing well - they have expertise in machine learning, they have tons of data, etc. I'll be interesting to see what happens.
Cook's a terrible guy to be the same type of CEO as Jobs was. But it doesn't follow from that that he's a terrible CEO, and I think it's exactly why he took the opportunity to elevate Ive to head of all design.
I don't want to derail, but this this this this this. Anyone who tried to be Jobs 2.0 would fail in this position, and Cook seems smart enough to recognize that. Apple will be different under Cook, and that's a much more hopeful sign than Cook (or anyone else) putting on a black turtleneck.
Everything you just stated is gimmick. Physical keyboards are over.
And the "true multitasking" sort of works (pretty much as well as Anroid) only because they bolted 2GB of RAM onto the thing.
BlackBerry are dead. The OS looks like amateur hour, the icons look inspired by Windows XP, and even their default font is badly rendered everywhere. The Android emulator is unusably slow (nothing like what it was in the desktop simulator) and pointless. It should be removed.
It's a decent beta, but that's about it. They're done.
the growth of the blackberry was driven by communicating when you are out of the office, whereas the iphone is really a portable computer with cellular antenna.
the original blackberries were a 2-3 line screen with a keyboard, and the screen grew in size from there. that's what most of corporate america first got hooked on, at least in my memory (a young geezer).
from what i see, folks that chose the iphone either never cared about writing an email remotely, or forego that capability (or compromise) in exchange for the apps, games etc.
iphones in the workplace are comical.
folks who have iphones tend to write back "ok" or "talk tmrw" etc in response when they are out of office. they can't use the keyboard, and it's hard to pretend - takes a lot of effort. or, if they try to write more, it is endless typos or bizarre auto-correct comments.
i write this as a blackberry bold user, so understand my biases, but for actual email communication, nothing comes close. (and i tried iphone/android for a while to see if i could do it - can't).
so, i'm looking forward to the q10, at least one idiot still functional in the blackberry ecosystem. maybe a 12-step program will help.
everyone I know who owns a smartphone with a virtual keyboard is very proficient at typing on it, myself included. Older folks may have a hard time with it, but the younger crowd adapted very nicely to it. I'd rather have the extra screen real-estate.
I don't see how the phone's android emulation can be slower than the Playbook. The Playbook emulation actually works pretty well. The same goes for the multitasking. I'd be surprised if the BB10 multitasking was worse than the Playbook which multitasks like a beast. With that said I wonder if it has a mode to turn off "showcase" type multitasking to save battery life?