Jim Balsillie Responds To Steve Job’s Comments

October 20, 2010 | By | 5 Comments

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.

[via: VentureBeat]

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  • John Wickee

    I’m really excited about the Playbook. The iPad looks like a nice device, and is when I’ve played with a coworker’s, but I just can’t justify the price for what the device is and the hardware it has. It just doesn’t feel like a device really worth that cost. On top of that, I also can’t afford to pay for an extra data plan on top of my phone plan, so I’d be stuck with wifi only.

    With the Playbook, I can more justify the cost (within reason when they announce it) because of what the hardware includes and what the device does. The Playbook just looks to me like a device where can get more actual stuff done, and not just an app device. I know that’s generalizing about the iPad, but it just feels that way. With the Playbook, I’m getting better hardware that offers more functionality and is more powerful. Plus, the Blackberry integration could be huge if done right. I’m hoping that will include being able to grab the internet from the phone as well, but in reality, even if it doesn’t, I’d put money on Tether expanding their application to include tethering your Playbook to the phone through there as I can already do with my BB and laptop, so no extra plan needed there.

    As for the 7 inch size, looking at it, I don’t think it will be a device killing issue. I think it looks like it is a size the optimizes portability while still being sufficiently large enough to not lose real estate. Now, without holding one in my hand and truly getting to see how it feels and looks, I can’t guarantee it, but that goes for any device, you can’t fully judge it without trying it and seeing if it works for you.

  • kata

    YES! I love the response by Balsillie. I remember reading jobs’ comments and the only thing it made me do is really consider buying two playbooks. Steve jobs is an absolute douche bag. He is the biggest reason I will NEVER buy anything apple makes. I can’t wait to see the playbook steal the market. Let’s get real here, a 7inch tablet that will fit in your pocket, and have flash. Hmm…… Yea. Screw off apple.

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