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: