RIM boss blasts Apple

Jim Balsillie shoots back after Steve Jobs's tirade

Jobs accused of unfair comparisons and living in "distortion field".

Google’s Andy Rubin has already responded to Steve Jobs’ incredible attack on Android by tweeting the open source code for the Big G’s OS. But RIM CEO Jim Balsillie has gone for the more traditional approach, unleashing a blistering attack on Apple’s head honcho following his derogatory comments regarding BlackBerry.

First up, he addresses Jobs’ claim that 7-inch tablets are “tweeners” that will be DOA, a direct reference to RIM’s recently outed PlayBook. Balsillie says, “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.”

Warming to his theme, Balsillie also claims that Apple’s comparison of its iPhone sales with those of BlackBerrys are flawed, largely because they compare different data. “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 also reckons that, “…many customers are getting pretty tired of being told what to think by Apple,” also suggesting that, “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.”

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Via Slashgear