This. Is. iPhone JEOPARDY!
Welcome everyone to the smartphone space where competing CEO's answer in nothing resembling the form of a question. Lucky for us, however, they're quick on the buzzer and their bold, bodacious pontifications, more often than not, come right back to bite them on their assets.
"Why We're Not Worried about the iPhone" for 100
"We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in."
Strongly put. Let's go to the judges...
"Initial iPhone buyers were 10 times more likely than other new phone buyers to have previously owned a Treo."
Ouch! The correct answer seems to have been "Who are the Mac guys who walked in with a far more than a descent phone and dug into my lunch?" Better luck with Nova!
"You can get a Motorola Q for $99. [...] [Apple] will have the most expensive phone, by far, in the marketplace."
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance."
Really? Survey says!
The struggling American electronics company Motorola is considering breaking itself up through a sale or flotation of its poorly performing mobile phones business.
NPD's figures make Apple's Sept. quarter iPhone sales look even more stellar. Apple sold 1.12 million iPhones last quarter, representing 27% of NPD's U.S. smartphone market and 3% of the overall Q3 cellphone market.
D'oh! The correct answer looks to have been, "Who was hardly the most expensive and grabbed even more mindshare than their impressive first-year market share (not to mention dominating customer satisfaction reports) while companies I mentioned prepared to flee the space?" No bonus points for lack of bold ActiveSync licensing predictions. Come back next time with WinMob 7, b'okay?
Now we have current smartphone market leader RIM's business "pusher", and outage-plugger extraordinaire Mike Lazaridis taking "Post SDK Over-Reactions" for a thousand:
"Talk -- all I'm [hearing] is talk about [the iPhone's chances in Enterprise]. I think it's important that we put this thing in perspective." [...] "Apple's design-centric approach [will] ultimately limit its appeal by sacrificing needed enterprise functionality. I think over-focus on one blinds you to the value of the other." [...] "Apple's approach produced devices that inevitably sacrificed advanced features for aesthetics."
Final answer? Okay, pens down and no peeking!
Well, what do you think? Will RIM's success just keep on multiplying, or did the Blackberry Boss just gamble it all away?
Find out next time on iPhone Jeopardy!