A few token people in an Internet forum does not a market make. Come on, now. Be realistic.
Originally Posted by RumoredNow
Most people using BlackBerry devices used them because that's what their employer mandated for years, and some obviously got used to the platform enough to stick with it. And there were some that just wanted them regardless. But proclaiming it as some QWERTY keyboard wonder--especially today--contradicts the provable massive loss in market share to Android and iOS, which are both platforms that have largely abandoned--or have abandoned, as is the case of iOS--the physical keyboard.
With the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement in full effect in corporate America, very few of those people are coming back to BlackBerry when they have the option of using the platform of their own choosing. So, stop with using BlackBerry as any meaningful defense for a physical keyboard; it's just not what most people give a damn about anymore.
And as for the Veer, well, you saw how well the overall market felt about that. It didn't pick it up at all. Reviews were largely dismal because it was too small and had **** for app support. Study after study shows the market falls between 3.5" and 5.0" screens today. Those who want a miniature screen are a fraction of a percent of the market. I liked it when I got to play with a prototype back in Feb 2011 at the HP webOS shindig for developers in San Fran, but never for a moment did I think it was going to be a huge success.
Should the Pixi have been built? Sure, in 2009, when it was released. Today? No.
Should the Veer have been released? No. The sales numbers don't lie, and there's a reason why nobody else bothers with that fraction of a percent of people who'd care to buy something so small. (Not to mention almost zero interest amongst for developers in developing for such a small screen.)