Chen calls Apple iPhone users "wall-huggers"

Chen calls Apple iPhone users
BlackBerry CEO John Chen seems like a fearless sort. It takes someone who has been battle scarred to take on such contemporaries as T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Chen did manage to turn around Sybase, dress it up, and sell it off to SAP for $5.8 billion, so we know that he is a tough cookie. How tough? Well, he just managed to "dis" the whole population of Apple iPhone users, calling them "wall-huggers".

Chen was speaking at the Oasis Montgomery Conference and was asked what he thought about Apple's (all together now) iconic smartphone. The executive said that since the device cannot last a full day without requiring a battery recharge, he calls users of the device "wall-huggers" which apparently means that iPhone users are constantly leaning against a wall, recharging their handset.

Attacking the phone that has nearly a 42% share of the U.S. market, according to the latest comScore report, when your devices own just 3.1% (and falling) is an interesting tactic. May we suggest though, that Mr. Chen await the release of that rumored 64 bit octa-core super spec'd model before putting down any of the competition, including Windows Phone flavored handsets which have just leapfrogged over BlackBerry according to that same previously mentioned comScore report.

John Chen is the real deal and has said all the right things up to now. But when he starts making comments like this, it almost reminds us of the days when RIM was run by Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.

source: TUAW via RedmondPie



1. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

lol that must make blackberry wall-huggers too.... But seriously, unless they add in a huge battery (for the next iteration of blackberry phones), they are pretty much in the same position as the iphone in terms of battery life.

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I dont think battery life was ever an issue for most of iphone users in order to make them buy a BB phone. Ye its not the best one but its ok. Plus calling your potential customers as wall huggers is just plain stupid.

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think many iPhone users would switch to a BB now anyway, BB10 has a learning curve that most iPhone users (children and elderly) probably couldn't figure out. Still, if MS can have their Scroogled Campaign running when they're in the same number range as BB, then you can't really say Chen is stepping over the line. I think Chen just struck a personal chord with Alan by mocking Apple though, prompting this article. Still, I will see how Chen turns BB around because until he does, his words are without weight.

30. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

its the whole iPhone experience dude.. battery life is the last thing we are worried about when we decide to buy a phone. Depends on which experience you want. if your an old person that doesnt want any nonsense on your phone.. Get an iPhone, if your young and want customization your phone get an Android. Windows phone? .. maybe for the budget minded that prefer Nokia phones. then we have the bottom feeder Blackberry Sadly.. but what goes up must come down.

32. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

not sure if you are talking to me because I've never complained about the battery life of the iPhone. All I did was response to what Blackberry CEO said....(As in he is talking nonsense because his phones have similar battery life to the iphone)

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Big talk coming from someone who's product was doa.

5. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I'm pretty sure that is the first +1 I have ever given you...

23. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Brings back the early days of Android, when Steve Jobs called 7" tablets DOA and all the mindless iFans chanted that for months on just about every tech site. How history has changed despite some things remaining the exact same.

26. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Well 7" tablets are DOA. They are effectively phablets these days, which adds to their identity crisis. Google is rumored to be shelving the 7" Nexus 7 family in favor of an 8" Nexus 8 this year in order to challenge the iPad Mini, as many find the 7" display too small and narrow.

41. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I have Nexus 7 and Note 3 and I feel that I should change to smaller phone or bigger tablet.

3. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Either this is a poor attempt at humor, or just a bad move on his part. The new Blackberries have terrible battery life, so he has no room to slam Apple for the same thing.

6. gamma

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

BB has been known for amazing batteries ...only z10 falls out on this side of things , but still better than iphone5's battery z30 lastes a hole 20 hours of play music and chating without a worry

8. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Blackberry and amazing batteries on the same sentence? I must be dreaming.

18. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

that is why you can't see the light

40. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I haven't seen this out of any of the new Z or Q devices that have come out of my stores... Sounds like a bold statement to me.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There must be something wrong with the water at BB's offices. Chen is looking like he is infected with the same denial syndrome as his predecessors. Early on, he made some non-denial moves, which could be explained by the absence of the denial toxin. But now, after the toxin has built up in his system, it is business as usual.

22. NewBBUser

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 08, 2014

If you're talking about the Blackberry Z10 being horrible in battery life, I would agree with you. If you're talking about the Q10, or even the Z30, then please do some research. The Z30 battery is as terrible as the LG G2, which is pretty damn good imo.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I hope you the best BlackBerry! Never give up!

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He just dug a grave for himself.

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011


11. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

That's majority of all smartphones these days. So no need to trash Apple for that.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Oohh....them's fighting words.... Overall over the years iPhone have had decent battery life. He coulda chose something they actually did poorly on a regular basis or couldnt do at all. And its kinda too late to take shots at the iPhone...ask Ballmer and the former execs at BB about that....

13. papss unregistered

At this point with bb what else can he do to stay in the lime light... Phones don't just magically get completed so he is trying to stay in the news.. No harm in that I suppose. People get their panties in a bunch over simple words then I feel sorry for them, he's doing what he has to do. Only other option is to die quietly

14. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Still, the customers they market to are different. Apple sells to the baristas, BB is going after Starbucks' IT and Purchasing Managers.

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So you call your potential customers as wall huggers when your company is close to being bankrupt in a year or so.. OK.

24. NewBBUser

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 08, 2014

"bankrupt" you say? LMAO ok. If you think sitting on bilions of dollars in cash means bankrupt, I guess Google and Apple are also on their life support then.

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Lost in translation. Oh wait, he does speak English.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I have to admit, the only reason I clicked on this article is I had to know what wall hugger meant.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010 too. I dont think I ever heard that term before.

25. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Hehe...more like "window lickers"...

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