RIM finally eked out a decent quarter. Beat analyst estimates, even. That is, if you don't count the $485 million bath the company took on unsold tablets. The PlayBook—ill conceived, poorly executed—is RIM's worst product. And it might just take down the whole company.
It's been a trying year for RIM. There have been security snafus and subpar product launches and crippling outages an overwhelming sense of stagnation. All of which is compounded by the company's blind hubris, be it last year's ridiculous BlackBerry Torch expectations or today's claim by co-CEO Mike Lazardis that every day he "[hears] stories... about people saying the BlackBerry Bold is the best communication device in the world today." If those are the stories you're hearing, maybe you're spending too much time in the fiction aisle.