While Mike Lazarizis of RIM described Blackberry smartphones as “netbooks… just smaller”, his co-CEO Jim Balsillie has warned against any overeager predictions of a Blackberry in netbook shape. RIM, according to Balsillie, only focuses on machines “you can hold up to your ear and clip onto your belt.”
Balsillie says that the small form factor is RIM’s choice because of “personal preference,” and that RIM’s desire for its machines to have day-long battery life puts “very tight systems constraints” on what netbooks it might produce. He’s obviously never heard of the MSI Wind U115 Hybrid!
RIM will instead supply wireless keyboards and secondary screens for its Blackberry line to feed consumers’ preference for notebook-style usability.