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.

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  1. Our Healthcare System

    18% of US physicians seeking more patients regularly turn-down overly obese individuals based on the fact that even simple procedures can become very complicated dealing with a physical body that huge. There's no telling what will happen. None of the tests for procedures and medications are conducted on exclusively obese test groups.
    The avg. adult US citizen is obese, having a BMI of 30 plus. Not helping is the fact that the avg. adult US citizen can only comprehend information delivered on the 8th grade level.
    It's hard enough on our healthcare system this obese nation of peoples we've become. But look! Our own children are victims of second hand obesity now, insuring the legacy lives.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Our Healthcare System

    It's like an automobile repair facility you bring your old broken down car to, and the mechanic, who notices your car is beyond repair (for you already knew your driving habits were hard on the car, but drove that way for years anyway). For the mechanic to fix your car again, knowing you weren't going to change, and that your car would be a mess to fix again, tells you to just go buy a new car. The old one is beyond repairing.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Our Healthcare System

    Hello, Mrs. Average US citizen. Your car is "acting up" again, you say. Sure I'll take a look at it for you. Hmmm, when was the last time you changed your oil? What? You are still using the wrong oil? Even after I told you a hundred times to eat your fruits and grains...your vegetables? To watch what you put in your "car", but you kept horking down fat foods?
    There is nothing I can do for you, ma'am, that I haven't already tried a hundred times. You ignore my mechanical advice. There is simply no fixing willful ignorance.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    @OHS, this has to be you know who. Take the obesity lecture elsewhere. I can only speak for myself as a person who has a keen awareness of the state of health in this country. I am a responsible parent who ensures her child be mindful of what she puts in her body and I do the same for myself. I never step foot in a Walmart. Oh yeah, I do take good care of my car.

    June 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    Well hello to you Philip, I am fine thank you. Getting ready to go for a hike before the blistering heat kicks in.

    June 30, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. As the stomach turns

    In this episode: .....

    June 30, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I see you're getting an early start today jacker.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    I've had it with you @lm. Aggression and assertiveness are two different things. Any aggression that may have been shown on any blogs is done by the person jacking me.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CenTexan©

    @ bobcat....I see the children are on their parents computers this morning.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    @bobcat (iah)©, this made me laugh, thank you. Settle down now dazzle, no point in arguing with trolls.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©


    Hello my friend. Yeah it looks like it's going to be a long weekend with these kids again. I sure am glad you can see through that.

    To the parents,
    You do realize that your computers have control features to prevent your brats from irritating the grown-ups, right ?

    The old commercial,

    It's 12:00 PM. Do you know what YOUR kids are doing ?

    June 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Wdabtnt

    Well, so far so good. How about you ? Since the hijacker has found my u/n so intersting today, i doubt that I will be posting much. When I do, you'll know the difference.

    June 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. When did acceptance become the new tolerance

    I hear ya Katman, same here. ttl

    June 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Did we have a light-hearted thread going on here?
    Well, trolls will take care of THAT!
    I fail to see why we cannot have one thtead that is NOT polluted by them.
    As the stomach turns: indeed.
    Then why show up and ruin it?

    June 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • When did acceptance become the new tolerance

      Look in the mirror

      June 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rascal Rabble

    is there an echo in here...

    June 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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