The original iPhone caused quite a stir when it debuted back in 2007, and a former RIM employee has revealed that the BlackBerry manufacturer thought that Apple was flat-out lying about the device. According to the ex-employee, a poster named Kentor over at ShackNews, RIM held several all-hands meetings the day after the iPhone was announced. In these meetings, RIM claimed that it was impossible that a phone with a large touchscreen could have even a decent battery life. The full quote that Kentor heard from his former colleagues is as follows:
"The iPhone couldn’t do what [Apple was] demonstrating without an insanely power hungry processor, it must have terrible battery life. Imagine their surprise [at RIM] when they disassembled an iPhone for the first time and found that the phone was battery with a tiny logic board strapped to it."
Many have believed that the BlackBerry Storm didn't came into existence at RIM until after the iPhone debuted, and this news, combined with the fact that the Storm was released almost two years after the iPhone was revealed, seems to support that belief. With the recent influx of high-end, bleeding edge handsets with 1GHz and higher processors and gigantic screens, there are a lot of people that feel like RIM is falling behind in the smartphone market. The 624MHz processor and 3.2-inch, 320x480 display of the BlackBerry Torch isn't really anything to write home about, especially when compared to devices like the DROID X and iPhone 4. The BlackBerry PlayBook looks like a slick, highly-specced little device, but RIM needs to start putting similar internals into their smartphones, and they need to do it soon.