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BlackBerry CEO pokes fun at the iPhone's battery life

BlackBerry's CEO recently called iPhone users "wall huggers" in a jab at the device's battery life. 
 
According to Yahoo, BlackBerry CEO John Chen called the iPhone out for what he sees as subpar battery life when asked about Apple's popularity at the Oasis Montgomery conference in Santa Monica, California last week. 
 
“I call you guys wall huggers,” said Chen, who was referring to iPhone users that constantly search for wall outlets because their phones' batteries die before the end of the day. 
 
But the comment seemed to be in good fun, as Chen also joked that he left Silver Lake to become BlackBerry's CEO so that he could wake up and worry every day. 
 
“And I have fulfilled my dream,” said Chen. 
 
Chen was also recently quoted saying that he'd sell BlackBerry Messenger for $19 billion, referring to Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp for the same price. 
 
The outspoken CEO also went after T-Mobile when the wireless carrier offered a promotion that gave BlackBerry users $200 to trade in their device for a new phone of their choice. The promotion, which ended March 5, resulted in 94 percent of users trading in old BlackBerry phones for devices made by rivals, such as the iPhone. 


John Chen

Chen called the promotion "inappropriate and ill-conceived."

But T-Mobile CEO John Legere was quick to take a jab at BlackBerry, suggesting that the Canadian company is outdated (and apparently, so is its devices).

"Was going to engage John Chen on Twitter, but turns out he's not here. I'll check MySpace. Don't worry @BlackBerry Something in the works!" wrote Legere on Twitter. 

Last year, BlackBerry had a full year net loss of $5.4 billion USD on revenue of $8.6 billion USD. It's latest operating system and line of devices -- BlackBerry 10 (BB10) -- had largely flopped as well.

Overall, BlackBerry devices represented less than 1 percent of global smartphone shipped in the final quarter of last year.

But Chen remains positive and is looking to turn his company around. Chen -- BlackBerry's third CEO in just two years -- said he will focus on the enterprise once again, which is what BlackBerry has traditionally done best. He has also put Foxconn in charge of hardware manufacturing, which lessens the company's load. 

Source: Yahoo



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Unbelievable
By dani31 on 3/10/2014 12:43:12 PM , Rating: 3
How can a CEO make fun of his potential customers? And actually quite a lot of them?

Not to mention that Blackberry is not in any position to mock Apple. Or anyone.




RE: Unbelievable
By retrospooty on 3/10/2014 1:16:25 PM , Rating: 1
"Not to mention that Blackberry is not in any position to mock Apple. Or anyone."

I know. It's alot like a little dog on a leash, behind a fence barking at a big dog. More funny than anything. A CEO shouldnt act like that. It just looks petty. Especially since modern Blackberries arent exactly winning any metrics, battery life included. iPhones actually do quite well with battery life. Not the best, but pretty high up on that list.


RE: Unbelievable
By Flunk on 3/10/2014 1:31:21 PM , Rating: 5
Well, it all depends what you consider good battery life. Before the whole smartphone thing I had a Nokia that would run for more than a week between charges. Battery life as a whole is pretty bad on smartphones right now.

Blackberries are not exempt, their battery life isn't great. Right now I've settled for a phone that can run for 2 days of my normal usage and charge it every day.

That's just sad.


RE: Unbelievable
By retrospooty on 3/10/2014 1:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
What do you want? A smartphone does a hell of a lot more than an old phone. Not only a lot faster and alot more functionality, but larger screens too. It all takes power. I think they do extremely well considering. All you can do is jusdge smartphones by other smartphones.

Right now the LG G2 and G2 pro are the best of the best.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7829/lg-g-pro-2-mini...

http://imgur.com/mnmj5NP


RE: Unbelievable
By GTVic on 3/10/2014 3:41:21 PM , Rating: 5
Yes a CEO shouldn't have a sense of humor. This is a harmless and fairly mild joke taken way too seriously by you two.


RE: Unbelievable
By retrospooty on 3/10/14, Rating: -1
RE: Unbelievable
By JediJeb on 3/10/2014 6:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But the comment seemed to be in good fun, as Chen also joked that he left Silver Lake to become BlackBerry's CEO so that he could wake up and worry every day. “And I have fulfilled my dream,” said Chen.


I wouldn't knock him for some humor, since he is also pointing the finger at his own company too. I think I would rather work for him than a lot of other tech CEOs that have been around lately.


RE: Unbelievable
By aurareturn on 3/10/2014 1:38:25 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
How can a CEO make fun of his potential customers? And actually quite a lot of them?

Not to mention that Blackberry is not in any position to mock Apple. Or anyone.

Any publicity is good publicity. It's working. We're talking about BB.

But he's wrong though. The iPhone destroys the Blackberry Z10 in battery life:
http://blog.gsmarena.com/blackberry-z10-battery-te...


RE: Unbelievable
By retrospooty on 3/10/2014 1:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I am saying. When talking about product purchases, "Any publicity" is not good publicity. All this will do is call to attention the fact that BB's strategy is failing and people dont want thier products... It will also call out that BB doesnt have as good battery life as an iPhone, which isnt even the best among smartphones.


RE: Unbelievable
By GTVic on 3/10/2014 3:35:47 PM , Rating: 2
But unlike an iPhone, you can call someone on a Z10 and you don't get dropped and find you've been talking to empty space for the last 2 minutes.


RE: Unbelievable
By wolrah on 3/10/2014 4:43:33 PM , Rating: 2
Right, because there's a huge difference in radio/antenna performance between the various generic smartphones these days...

Other than occasional bad designs like the iPhone 4, I can't say I've seen a noteworthy difference in anything lacking an external antenna. From a trio of Sony candybars to a LG flip phone to the first two generations of iPhone, an OG Evo, and now a GS4 all my phones have trouble in the same places and drop calls in the same places.

Only my ancient Nokia with a pull-out antenna practically the full length of the phone did any better, and I think the reason is obvious.

Blackberry held on to the external antenna longer than most, but unfortunately the manufacturers have seen fit to remove it across the board. We don't even get a port to attach a vehicle-mounted antenna or the like anymore.


RE: Unbelievable
By Donkey2008 on 3/11/2014 12:44:42 AM , Rating: 3
Umm, no. I have had every iPhone made and never once experienced any problems with calls. The iPhone 4 antenna-gate was the biggest bunch of bull I have ever seen on the internet.

As for battery life; I have a personal iPhone 5 and a Z10 for work. The iPhone 5 lasts the entire day and 1/2 of the next with heavy use. I can leave the Z10 sitting on my desk doing nothing and the battery is dead by the afternoon.

And don't get me started on video playback on BB10. What a laugher. iPhone is a Porsche for playing video. BB is like a broken down 1987 Corolla.

I'll take an iPhone over a BB any time, any day, any year. As a bonus, I don't have to pay AT&T an extra $20 for the honor of "enterprise" use. Setting up a BB in Office365 is a joke compared to the easy ActiveSync setup of an iPhone. And don't give me some "but but but it's not encrypted traffic". Yes, it is. We issue certs though mobileiron for every iPhone device and I will take that over BB's crappy service any day of the week.


RE: Unbelievable
By Reclaimer77 on 3/11/2014 4:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'll take an iPhone over a BB any time, any day, any year.


I'll take two Dixie cups attached with a string over a BB. Hardly an endorsement for the iPhone lol.


RE: Unbelievable
By Makaveli on 3/10/2014 3:24:27 PM , Rating: 3
IPhone may have slightly better battery usage.

But I can pull my battery out and put in a freshly charged one in my Z10 you cannot do that on a iphone and you will be looking for a wall outlet!


RE: Unbelievable
By aurareturn on 3/10/2014 7:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

IPhone may have slightly better battery usage.

But I can pull my battery out and put in a freshly charged one in my Z10 you cannot do that on a iphone and you will be looking for a wall outlet!

Actually, it's got much better battery life.

Yes, you can pull your battery out but an iPhone can easily last you for more than 1 day. Unless you need to use your phone continuously for more than 24 hours, I don't see why anyone cares about removable batteries.


RE: Unbelievable
By Reclaimer77 on 3/10/14, Rating: 0
RE: Unbelievable
By retrospooty on 3/11/2014 10:00:21 AM , Rating: 2
"Gee, you mean the iPhone battery outlasts that in phones with 5"+ 1080p displays? Color me shocked!"

It's more in the "middle of the pack" of high end phones. I wouldnt say "outlasts" at all. Just so-so.

Per Anandtech - http://imgur.com/mnmj5NP


RE: Unbelievable
By Makaveli on 3/10/2014 9:52:03 PM , Rating: 2
People care about it for those rare times when they are not able to be close to a charger. Its not often but it has happened and being able to swap the battery saved me.


RE: Unbelievable
By marvdmartian on 3/11/2014 7:41:12 AM , Rating: 2
Especially now, when one of their biggest customers in the past, the US Government, seems to be dropping their Crackberry habit, and buying iPhones in droves.

Speaking of which, I'd LOVE to hear how they got past the required (by law) contracting bidding process, and bypassed every Android and Windows phone model, in favor of the iPhone. Every time I ask that question, all I get is blank looks and crickets chirping!


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