Attack of the iClones Blog vs. Blog Edition: Crackberry/Boy Genius Haptic Thunder NERDFIGHT!

iPhone 3G: Attack of the Blackberry Thunder iClone!

Sure, the iPhone 3G launch is tomorrow. Consider this an amuse bouche. Or the opposite of that, an annoy bouche. Whatever. Something salty to make Friday taste all the more sweet!

The subject of today's battle royal? Nope, not iPhone vs. Blackberry. That's old. This time it's Blackberry vs. Blackberry, Blog vs. Blog, over the iClone to end all iClones: the touchscreen Blackberry Thunder!

Says our sister site, 10th degree Blackberry belts and reigning world champions:

Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder Keyboard To Utilize Haptic Technology... AMAZING Implementation! [...] Leave it to RIM to CRACK the touchscreen keyboard nut.

Says Boy Genius Report, craftiest of all mobile blogsphere Ninja:

The keyboard is incredibly annoying to type on, and the screen actually shows ripples even when pressed ever-so-lightly. [...] Most of the people who have handled it thinks it’s a joke.

Read on for round 2!

Of course, ain't going down without a NERD FIGHT:

Screen is glass. YEP, It's Multi-touch!!! [... RIM has] apparently been caught flat-footed by the 3G iPhone and its native support for Exchange and the whole Apple 'aura of goodness', in the sense that they don't have the Bold yet ready for comparisons and show'n'tell sessions, media comparisons, etc, so both as a platform-to-platform and device-to-device stakes RIM is feeling the heat from Apple's iPhone wave, thus they're putting serious effort into accelerating the Thunder.

But it's a quick tag to Mike Lazaridis for the RIM CEOh-Snap 180 turn-around KO:

THERE’S a reason that R.I.M. is averse to the iPhone’s glass pad. “I couldn’t type on it and I still can’t type on it, and a lot of my friends can’t type on it,” says Mike Lazaridis, R.I.M.’s co-chief executive and technological visionary. “It’s hard to type on a piece of glass.”

D'oh! Guess he had no idea about the Thunder at that point either...

Softball sarcasm aside, what's my take?

Technology is hard. It took Apple a reported 2.5 years to get an iPhone ready to ship (and then, arguably, just barely with firmware that was soon updated), and that's on top of its rumored prior iTablet development efforts. So, my guess is that the truth lies somewhere in between the hype and the hate: RIM's working their apps off to get this thing tasty as soon as possible, but that soon won't be that soon.

Either way, all us smartphone lovers benefit. RIM is making the Thunder precisely because the iPhone has put the pressure on, and if the Thunder is a home run, that pressure shifts to Apple to make something even more astounding for the iPhone v3.

Prior to the iPhone, the industry was complacent. Now its moving again. And that's a good thing. (Even if it would be a better thing to see less iCloning and more differentiation and innovation from the other manufacturers, b'okay RIM?)

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Attack of the iClones Blog vs. Blog Edition: Crackberry/Boy Genius Haptic Thunder NERDFIGHT!


" ... Sure, the iPhone 3G launch is tomorrow ... "
You must know something we don't. The rest of the world thinks the new iPhone launches on Friday - not Thursday. Tell us more!!

If people really want to copy Apple, they need to copy the effort Apple puts into innovation instead of copying their designs. Honestly, instead of making iPhone clones that are almost as good as the original, make a new phone with new innovative features that the iPhone doesn't have. I'd choose an iPhone over any of the iClones any day.

Technically, in New Zealand it's already Thursday, so they basically get it almost 24 hours before the US. I've got some friends in Austrailia and every time I talk to the I ask them how the "future" is cause they're something like 17 hours ahead, usually meaning they're prretty much a day ahead of us.

@ Tankgunk
So your saying apple never copied anybody... have you ever heard of a phone by the name of LG Prada. I remember that phone being release before the iPhone. Everybody copies everybody. So, complaining about everybody copying the iPhone.

Also, I wasn't tattling on everybody for copying, think of it as a business suggestion. Namely, stop trying to figure out why everyone likes the iPhone and figure out what new cool stuff you can do.

@Tangunk: correct. Apple succeeded by thinking up what's next, someone else has to do that to compete.
@Jimmy101, what @murray said.

At the moment the Thunder is pure vaporware, so I am more than a little amused by the Crackberry crowd's desperation to talk it up.
To produce a multi-touch screen with all the software goodness on the iPhone would seem to be a quantum leap forward for RIM, which, so far, has shown itself to be incapable of even releasing minor software updates to its existing products. And have you seen how excited gets when someone launches a new theme for the the Blackberry's appalling launcher? No wonder they're getting all overheated over nothing.