Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, during a 4th Q earnings call made some comments aimed at the competition over the iPad. And while most of it was directed at Google, the seven inch comment also applied to the PlayBook. Jim Balsillie, Co CEO of RIM, had his response, and it was most fitting. Apples and BlackBerry, pick thy fruit.
Jobs stated that seven-inch tablets would be DOA and that while there are a handful of credible entrants coming to the tablets space, that the seven-inch were not as large as the 10-inch iPad and that the price and what people want is not something so small.
Jim Balsillie had to say the following:
“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 really and truly that’s what the market is all about. For us to make our own decisions based on personal preference, not on what we are given as preconceived notions. I’m sure that Steve still feels a bit of the “death grip” haunting him, which even then he tried to say all phones including BlackBerry experience. I wouldn’t mind a 7-inch screen and I can’t wait for the PlayBook to arrive.
What are your thoughts about the PlayBook? Or the iPad? We’d like to know.