RIM: Jobs is Wrong; Seven Inches is Big Enough

Steve Jobs made headlines earlier this week when he criticized competitors during Apple's quarterly earnings call. Aside from dissing the openness of Android, he had some pretty strong words for RIM, the Canadian manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones.

Jobs told analysts on Monday that RIM has an uphill battle when it comes building an app store because the presence of the iTunes App Store and the Android Marketplace will make it difficult for a third app store to be successful. The CEO also ragged on smaller, 7-inch tablets saying they should come with sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their current size.

However, similar to how Google didn't exactly agree with Jobs' comments, RIM also has an opinion when it comes to 7-inch tablets and surprisingly, it doesn't match up with Steve's. In a Blog post titled, "RIM Responds to Apple’s 'Distortion Field'" the company's CEO, Jim Balsillie, said that 7-inch tablets would actually be a big part of the market. Balsillie also talked about the importance of Flash, and said that customers are beginning to grow tired of being told what to think by Apple. Balsillie also added some hard numbers to combat Apple's negative remarks about his company's phones.

"And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter," writes Jim. "Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months," he continues. "Nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders."

Check out Balsillie's full post below:

For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7” tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.

Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)

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  • Quote:
    Seven Inches is Big Enough


    umm..thats what steve jobs' wife said?
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  • Rim Jobs for all!
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  • well some may be satisfied with seven inches, I'd prefer bigger :D
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  • He hit it right on the head.
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  • Good you didn't mess up the punctuation.
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