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RIM: Problems With 7-Inch Tablets Live In Apple's "Distortion Field"


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Yesterday, Steve Jobs had some subtle words for Apple’s competitors, and RIM was quick to respond right back.  The co-CEO of RIM said that the comments didn’t apply to users “who live outside of Apple’s distortion field.”  Ouch.

Those comments were made by RIM’s Jim Balsillie in an effort to fend off Jobs’ comments thought to be about the company’s 7 inch PlayBook launching in early 2011.  He thinks consumers are “getting tired of being told what to think by Apple.”

“For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7-inch 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,” Balsillie had noted in his response.  “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 full access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash.”

Balsillie was also not fond of Jobs’ comments about the iPhone outselling the BlackBerry in the September quarter.

“RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 (million to) 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter,” said Balsillie.  “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 sunny 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.”

And the icing on the cake?

“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.”

In case you missed it from yesterday, head here for a nice recap of Apple’s earnings call, including some of the comments from Steve that prompted RIM’s feisty response.

Whose claim do you feel is more validated, readers?  Apple’s?  RIM’s?  Neither?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below!

via AppleInsider

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