10 Simple Reasons Employees Hate the BlackBerry 09By Don Reisinger
10 Simple Reasons Employees Hate the BlackBerry
1: Outdated Software
Are we supposed to pretend that RIM’s BlackBerry 7 software is really on par with today’s competitors from Apple and Google? Please. Employees can’t stand the BlackBerry’s outdated software.
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2: Downright Awful Browsing
Try surfing the Web on a BlackBerry. It’s nearly impossible to find anything quickly, and looking at Web pages is nothing short of a nightmare. Until that changes, employees will hate the BlackBerry.
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3: Lack of Useful Apps
Applications have become key components in the success or failure of mobile operating systems today. Google Play has made Android successful and Apple’s App Store is a key reason iOS is what it is today. Without those, they would be nothing.
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4: Network Outages
RIM has suffered through more than its fair share of network outages lately. And that has only discouraged users. Inaccessible e-mail and messaging systems annoy users.
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5: Ugly Designs
Comparing the BlackBerry to the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S III is laughable. RIM’s products come with sub-par designs. Until the company can deliver a better design, don’t expect happy employees.
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6: Small Displays
RIM’s handsets are notorious for their small displays. And now, with Apple’s iPhone 5 boasting a 4-inch screen and the Samsung Galaxy S III shipping with a 4.8-inch display, they look even smaller. That’s a major issue for employees.
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7: Outdated Components
Since RIM’s BlackBerry devices don’t require all of the processing power of today’s Apple products, the company bundles less-powerful components into its products. However, that results in sluggish performance and shabby graphics. Yuck.
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8: The General Lack of “Coolness”
Today’s employees care about the cool-factor of their smartphones. Realizing that, it would seem that RIM would want to make its products, well, cooler. Unfortunately, it hasn’t done anything of the sort.
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Trying to use the BlackBerry operating system can be difficult, to say the least. When trying to find certain functions, users need to sift through hidden menus. It’s a real pain, and it’s holding RIM back.
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10: Maybe It’s Just RIM
RIM just isn’t a favorite of today’s consumers. And those same consumers are coming into your office and using technology. So, if they don’t like or trust RIM, what makes you think that they’ll be happy to use a BlackBerry?