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. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well, you can rest assured, that (now comes one of my favorite non-words) irregardless of how much they try to censor me, I will not relent, I shall not give up in the face of adversity. I will continue to strive to make these blogs joke friendly. And my fellow americans, it shall always be truth, justice and at least a joke a day.

    Thank You and God Bless America.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'd elect you...

      June 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      All right, so I finally went off the deep end. All I got to say to that is, Phhhhhttttttt !!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @little master, now don't go gossiping on me.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    sooo can we all presume the marketing depart for androids has a sweet tooth and don't like vegetables...

    June 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    @little mister, why is that important for you to know? Six figures last years.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. centexan©

    Yea bobcat!!!!!!!! I just had to weigh in on his not giving in...
    Hello everyone..banasy..bobcat..daz...
    Hot as hades down here in texas

    June 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ centexan©

    How the heck you doing ? Haven't seen you in a good while. Yeah, I think this heat is melting everybody.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    Hello to you @centexan©, haven't seen you in a long while.

    @little mister, have you lost it? The next time I marry it will be for love and I certainly am not going to consider a faceless, many named person on a blog board that is just interested in me for $$$$.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    How are you, toots?
    You need to stop by more often; I've missed you!!

    June 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol @ dazzle, invisible man would be good! And bobcat plz plz plz tell a joke. Im overdosed on spongebob and could use some real humor!

    June 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    @chrissy, it sounds like the cyber pizza party dweeb.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ chrissy

    This is one I haven't told in many, many years. It's one of my HS&G jokes.

    There once was a man who was standing on a highway overpass. He had a cinderblock with a rope tied to it and the other end of the rope tied to his wrist. When a vehicle would come by, he would swing the cinderblock down and try to knock out their windshields. Well he wasn't having any luck until this big truck came by. The cinderblock went right through the windshield and lodged in the truck and it ripped the mans arm off. The police came and investigated the incident and made up their report. Then they came back and arrested the driver.
    Why, you ask ? Well they got him for arm robbery.

    June 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Are you ready kids ?

      Whooooooo, lives in a pineapple under the sea. Okay, I won't torture you. Hey thanks to my grandaughter, I used to know all the words to Dora the explorer and Blues clues too.

      June 29, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      June 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Are you ready, kids?
      I can't HEAR you...
      Groan x2....

      June 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I TOLD YOU

      Actually, that was a story I used to tell so straight faced that people really thought it happened until I hit them with the punchline. I can honestly say I got a lot of running exercise back then.
      My inspiration for that story was an overpass on Hwy 90 going to ingalls shipyard. Since it was local, it made the story that much more believable. Then Wham.

      June 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I LOVE to do that!
      Set them up...knock em down, lmao!
      I do that stuff to my MIL all the time...I will tell her the most outrageous stuff with a straight face...
      Remind me one day to tell you guys the Thanksgiving bird-in-her-bush story...

      June 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    omg bobcat, lol i can see why you kept that one tucked away! lol

    June 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well all my friends. I've got to say goodnight to ya'll. It's been fun. Talk to you guys in the morning.

    June 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    Jacker, knock it off.

    June 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Our Healthcare System

    I've figured-out a way for all to see why our healthcare system is so overly burdened and appears to need revamped..
    Goto a grocery store, like, say, Wal-Mart, and take a close look at yourselves.
    NATIONWIDE OBESITY EPIDEMIC is real, and is THE real problem afflicting our healthcare system. (not counting HIV)

    June 30, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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