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Does the Lukewarm Reception to the iPhone 5 Open Up a Window of Opportunity for Research In Motion?


RIM has the potential to rebound if it can produce a great BlackBerry 10.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Just in case you missed the news, Apple (AAPL) unveiled its much anticipated new iPhone 5 on Wednesday. But while previous iterations of the game-changing iPhone were met with lots of love from the tech community, the iPhone 5's reception has been decidedly mixed.

At the Wall Street Journal, Jessica Vascellaro wondered if the iPhone 5, lacking major surprises, "can avoid becoming a bore." Tech analyst Rob Enderle said, "[I]f you're not already an Apple user, you can get a better phone for less money. It looks like they're falling further behind the technology curve."

Michael Yoshikami, chief executive of wealth management company Destination Wealth Management, also told Reuters that "there is not a wow factor because everything you saw today is evolutionary," although he added that he thinks "they did enough to satisfy."

To be clear, the iPhone 5 was still well-received by techies on the whole and it is pretty much a given that that the phone will do blockbuster sales once it is released. In fact, some analysts project that Apple will sell more than 10 million handsets of the iPhone 5 before the end of September.

What the iPhone 5's lack of game-changing technology (or lack of an element that would prompt the late Steve Jobs to say, "And one more thing…" in his Apple events) does means is that it could create a window of opportunity for other smartphone makers to offer up surprises that can upstage Apple's crown jewel.

Jessica Dolcourt of CNET, for example, argues that the iPhone 5's lack of features such as mobile payment technology NFC opens the door for "the intriguing Lumia 920 (NOK), the larger-than-life Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy Note 2, or even the won't-quit Motorola (GOOG) Droid Razr Maxx HD."
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