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But T-Mobile CEO John Legere was quick to take a jab at BlackBerry, suggesting that the Canadian company is outdated (and apparently, so is its devices).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


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