I hate to say I told you so.

Six months ago I suggested that RIM would be giving up its competitive advantage over the iPhone if the eliminated they keyboard.

It seems that now that the BlackBerry Storm is out David Pogue agrees with me:

The first sign of trouble was the concept: a touch-screen BlackBerry. That’s right — in its zeal to cash in on some of that iPhone touch-screen mania, R.I.M. has created a BlackBerry without a physical keyboard.

Hello? Isn’t the thumb keyboard the defining feature of a BlackBerry? A BlackBerry without a keyboard is like an iPod without a scroll wheel. A Prius with terrible mileage. Cracker Jack without a prize inside.

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