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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 09:29

RIM fumes at Jobs' rant

Written by Nick Farell


Customers fed up with being told what to think
RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie has rounded on Steve Jobs for telling users what to do all the time. Jobs claimed that RIM shipped 12 million devices for its most recent quarter, while Apple claimed 14 million.

Balsillie said that customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. (No wonder they call them a cult. sub.ed.) Balsillie pointed out that RIM's quarter ended in August while Apple's ended in September and Jobs knows that smartphone sales are stronger in the fall than the summer. RIM is projecting to move as many as 14.4 million BlackBerrys in the next quarter.

Jobs slagged off 7" displays for upcoming tablets, like the recently announced BlackBerry Playbook he said that the size didn't offer enough physical space to make tablets different from smartphones. Balsillie said that "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."

Most of the tablets that haven't been shelved or delayed are sporting 7-inch screens, but it will be some time before we know what the market will bear. Jobs did his usual beating of Flash. Balsillie said Flash support was critical to the success of the mobile web.

"We know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience," he said. "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."

Balsillie accused Jobs of being purposely being dishonest about a number of issues.

"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," he said.

Nick Farell

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+18 #1 Wolfesteinabhi 2010-10-20 09:54
outa boy Jim!!! ..you said it all :D
 
 
+22 #2 Tr0y 2010-10-20 11:37
I don't dare to imagine what will happen when Steve Jobs dies (of cancer) in the near future. Will his followers build him a pyramid? Will the bible be extended with "The Gospel of Steve"? Will there be mass suicides?
 
 
+5 #3 yasin 2010-10-20 18:07
no, all the fanboys will head off into some remote country, and stay there for all eternity.they shall call it middle earth o.O
Sent from my (rubbish) iPhone.
 
 
-5 #4 Warrior24_7 2010-10-21 05:16
"Customers fed up with being told what to think?" Really? Then why is he (and fraudzilla) trying to do it? Practice wghat you preach son. Is that also why RIM lost so much of their market to Apple?

Man I CAN'T WAIT to get my iPhone and iPad! :P
 
 
0 #5 valhar2000 2010-10-25 10:39
Quoting Nick Farrell:
"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," he said.


Balsillie's naiveté is touching! If the Apple fanboys haven't figured it out by now, they won't figure it out within their lifetimes. In the meantime, other manufacturers will put out overpriced, underpowered tablets comparable to the iPad, but they will fail because the people who are willing to pay through their nose for that kind of thing are already tied to Apple.
 

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