Overheard on CNN.com: 'CrackBerry,' Jelly Bean, Apple get just desserts
Some BlackBerry fans still love them, but recent years have been tough for the once-dominant device.
June 29th, 2012
07:05 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'CrackBerry,' Jelly Bean, Apple get just desserts

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"Today Blackberry changed its name to Blackbury"

As readers discussed three popular and whimsically named mobile platforms, their commentary turned mouth-watering. Readers were reacting to a story about decline of the BlackBerry mobile device in a world of iPhones, Androids and Windows 8 phones.

"A blackberry was squished by an apple," said RKW29.

"Apples suck. Jelly Beans Rule," said Another_Fine_Mess, referring to the latest dessert-themed Android update.

From 'CrackBerry' to depressing: The BlackBerry's 5-year fall

One reader noted that the BlackBerry is popular in business settings.

jimbo0117: "People need to keep these kinds of headlines in perspective. The VAST majority of BB's users have always been business users. And for the most part, they still use the BB. BB tried, but never really got a large consumer base. Mainly because their products weren't tailored to the average teen/early 20's user – and they were/are expensive. So it isn't like BB has lost as much, but more like it never gained – just basically stagnated. And for most business watchers, they equate that with decline."

On the other hand, plenty of readers say businesses are warming up to other devices and adding support for people to "BYOD," as in "bring your own device."

skyjmpr: "Except more and more BUSINESS USERS are making the switch to the iPhone or even an Android smartphone rather than continue with the BlackBerry. And yes, I am one of those more recent converts, and find the iPhone to be just as useful and easier to use than my BlackBerry was. Hence the 40% drop off the cliff for sales (probably the first of a continuing trend and death spiral), and RIM's typical knee jerk response of dumping its people rather than focusing everything on its new O/S (though even that is probably too late.)"

numetheus: "A VAST majority of BB users have been business users, this is true. And a VAST majority of those users really don't like Blackberry. I have had a Blackberry for a very long time. I've had several units. I don't like them though. I use them because every job I have ever had has given them to me. No choice. Now however, more and more companies are ditching those contracts and going with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) plan for employees. Given a choice. most people ditch BB devices and use other phones with Exchange access ... like Android or iPhone. I know I did. The moment I was given a choice, I dumped my BB like a bad habit and have never looked back. I know several people working for companies that now have BYOD policies in place. This is ONE of the reasons they are losing ground. People are no longer having BB devices shoved down their throats."

How many devices do you carry?

QthePower: "Incorrect. Most people just want to carry one cell phone. No one wants to have to carry a poor function BB with iPhone/Android Phone/Windows phone."

TerryFrypan: "Who still uses a Blackberry? Do they still carry a pager too?"

Perhaps reports of the death of BlackBerry are greatly exaggerated.

bigtimecynic: "If my company took away my Droid and replaced it with a BlackBerry I'd be fine with it. I am a business enterprise email user and I basically use my Droid as a phone and email device, with limited web browsing and occasionally banking app and MP3 player. And I am so fed up with virtual keyboards that I could scream."

What is your preference?

RommyRomulan: "I've never liked the Blackberry, I had 2 different models that they gave me at work. I constantly had problems with them. And compared to an iPhone, they're just crap. That's the way it goes in any business, if you can't keep up with the cutting edge technology and you make an inferior product, you're not going to make it."

Plenty of people love their BlackBerry.

Poutso: "I still LOVE LOVE LOVE my BlackBerry 'PlayBook' tablet! Cost me only $200, and I use it more than my Apple iPAD2! It has 'flash' and 2 HD cams (front and back), with HD video, and a speedy browser! And the QNX gesture based O.S. is 'to die for' smooth and seamless! RIM really screwed up by not properly marketing this phenomenal tablet PC."

Bart Rybarczyk: "I've been using blackberry for the last few years and I am not looking to buy iphone or android. i like blackberry and i think it is good phone. it does not have all the apps in the world but then i do not need them all. i hope the company pulls through and i will pick up bb10 the day comes out (one with the keyboard). None the less Rim should do some deal and licence bb10 to Samsung etc. to make it more appealing."

For many, it's about email and security.

TechnoV1king: "I still love my blackberry for email communication. typing is so much better on the keyboard than on the touchscreen of my iPhone. but for personal use the iPhone and Droids kill it. Watching videos, web browsing, etc are so much better on the other options. The Blackberry will die a slow death, but make no mistake, the death is coming."

E32forlife: "Microsoft will buy them to get all their security features."

But others prefer a touchscreen.

RommyRomulan: "I much prefer the touchscreen. (I'm 65 years old) I never liked Blackberry's keypad, the keys are too tiny. The touch screen is better, I don't make as many errors, plus it automatically corrects a lot of errors anyway. Turn the iPhone sideways and the individual keys are larger. And you only have to touch them, not press them down until they click like the Blackberry."

If the BlackBerry were a vehicle, what would it be?

RubyNoon2: "The horse and buggy of cell phones..."

Speaking of transportation, what motorcycle do you prefer?

harleyman77: "You have to remember Apple is basically an American company and RIM is a Canadian company. I am using a BB for business, and never had a problem, the cheaper they become the better for me. If you want to play games get an IPhone, otherwise BB does everything a business person needs to do. Just like when the American car companies were in the dumpster the media went after Japanese car manufacturers, even when they had a better product, same with this technology. Tthe US has attacked it. RIM will be around for a long time, maybe more streamlined, maybe more efficient but what business has not gone through that?"

Poutso: "I wish Harley-Davidson would fold. Their overrated bikes are way overpriced, way underperforming, way too loud, and way too heavy. They are ugly as well."

After reading all these comments, what's your take? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. banasy©

    I had a BB.
    I currently have a Samsung Replenish.
    Just got my new BB in the mail today.
    I just like BB, but then I don't need fancy aps and all...and I do NOT like touch-screens!!!

    June 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    For some reason, they won't let me post on the other blog. Maybe I have to do one word at a time again.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    No, that didn't work either. Fine, I didn't want to post there anymore anyway. No people, I haven't gone crazy and started talking to myself. Besides, it's okay to talk to yourself. It's when you start answering that you need to worry.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Rawr, I find that talking to one's self is the only way to have an intelligent conversation at times...lol.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    But you know how it is when you want to complain, no wants to listen. I stood in front of a mirror one time to complain, and I wouldn't even listen to me.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Well, no one want to listen to a whiner....

    June 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Besides, isn't that what these blogs are for?
    Endless complaints with no solutions, just more complaints?
    Or am I confusing these blogs with Congress?

    June 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I'm beginning to believe CNN and Congress are one and the same.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    People are way to hung up on tech devices! They are practically implanted in our ears & hands to the point that we have to have laws to make people stop using them long enough to drive a car, for example! I still have my lil' blue Sprint phone w/photo & internet apps & that's all I need! If you're calling your device "Crackberry" because you can't live w/out it, perhaps you have more of a "vice" than "device"!! PS. I answer myself all the time, bobcat(iah), oops! Lol! 😉

    June 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      fernace, sweetie!
      How are you?
      I calleed my BB 'Crackberry" because it used to act out as if it were on crack...not because I was addicted to it.
      Don't know why others called it that though...lol...

      June 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ fernace

    Ooooh, you told on yourself. But so do I, so what the heck. Like banasy said, sometimes that's the only way you can have an itelligent conversation.
    So how are things out Texas way ? I see you all have been cracking those hundreds too.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    @banasy, I do have the extra bb charger for the car that I will happily send to you. @bobcat(in a hat) add the SCOTUS to that list also.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'll send you my addy, lol....

      June 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Squinty-eyed Sam

    I am old-fashioned (sort of). I want a no-frills phone that makes phone calls and nothing else, but they quit making those before I was ever able to afford a phone. I don't want a tiny screen to squint at, I want a large display, so I refuse to use these tiny back-breaking, eye-straining "hand-held" devices.
    Just give me a mouse, a large keyboard, a large display and I'm happy. Keep your squirrel-sized toys!

    June 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle © and banasy©

    I know you have had to notice my lack of jokes lately. They are taking them down as quick as I put them up. They must have a special team of spies looking out for me now. Oh crap, now that just sounded paranoid.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You know that saying...
      Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you...

      June 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat, maybe they have no sense of humor. And yet they leave the posts that offend nearly everyone! Well we like your funnies!

    June 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    They've left a lot of them up.
    I'd much rather see Rawr's jokes...at least hekeeps them fresh...no lather, rinse, repeats for our joking Cat!

    June 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dazzle ©

    I haven't seen the jokes but I am keeping such crazy hours. I will keep looking. Maybe they also have a crack team of trolls.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      We KNOW that already, dazzle!

      June 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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