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But T-Mobile CEO John Legere was quick to take a jab at BlackBerry, suggesting that the Canadian company is outdated (and apparently, so is its devices).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

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 -

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.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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