Ex-RIM chiefs are very quotable

I know everyone has seen these already, but they really are fantastic.

A few of the best:

On the iPhone: “As nice as the Apple iPhone is, it poses a real challenge to its users. Try typing a web key on a touchscreen on an Apple iPhone, that’s a real challenge. You cannot see what you type.” – Balsillie, November 2007.

And

On mobile trends: “The most exciting mobile trend is full Qwerty keyboards. I’m sorry, it really is. I’m not making this up.” Lazaridis, May 2008.

Without forgetting

we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience.” Balsillie, November 2010.

It’ll be even more interesting looking back on these in a year when RIM no longer exists (in any real fashion anyway). If there is another company where the phrase ‘circling the toilet’ describes their situation so aptly, I am unaware of them.