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Oh boy. There’s trash talking, and then there’s ‘somebody slow down on the meds for that guy’ trash talking. The co-CEO of RIM (makers of Blackberry devices) is falling well into the latter category in his latest pronouncements on his company’s still-unreleased tablet called the Playbook.
Invigorated by RIM’s better-than-expected results, Balsillie touted RIM and the PlayBook as superior to Apple in a several minute rant during the company’s earnings call, Silicon Alley Insider reports. Balsillie’s comments were in response to a question from JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall, who asked what RIM’s plans were to get ahead of Apple and Google in the market.
"I think the PlayBook redefines what a tablet should do," said Balsillie, who believes the market will shift away from "a proprietary SDK and unnecessary apps," presumably a reference to Apple’s iOS and App Store, to "web fidelity and tool familiarity."
I’m not at all sure what ‘web fidelity and tool familiarity’ means – but if it has anything to do with having a great web experience on a mobile device then Blackberry has just about zero reputation for delivering that, whereas iOS devices lead the field in this area. As or ‘unnecessary apps’ the billions of iOS downloads make that phrase laughable.
Here are my favorite two pass me some of what he’s smoking comments though:
"I think there’s going to be a rapid desire for high performance. And I think we’re way ahead on that," Balsillie continued during Thursday’s earnings call. "And I think CIO friendliness, we’re way ahead on that."
"I think the PlayBook clearly sets the bar WAY higher on performance, and you’re going to see more," said Balsillie.
So let’s think on those for just a sec. They’re way head on high performance. With their tablet that is not available for sale yet. The one nobody can buy or use or get any sort of performance from until sometime next year. That’s way ahead of the iPad, which has sold millions, continues to sell millions more each quarter, and is thrilling its users with performance of the real-live kind, as opposed to the big promises kind. And I wouldn’t be so sure on that CIO friendliness bit either, given the major inroads the iPad is already making in the enterprise.
You’ve got to do some serious spinning to figure the non-existent device, the invisible one, is the one ‘setting the bar’ for performance. Here’s my quick scoreboard roundup for Mr. Balsillie:
Number of tablet devices that perform at all right now: Apple 1, RIM 0
Good luck with selling a standard-setting tablet with no great apps, or far fewer than the iPad offers. Oh, and lots of luck on feeling you’re setting the bar when the second generation of the iPad hits the market right on the heels of (or perhaps even ahead of) your Gen 1 device.
It will be big fun looking back at how this year’s trash talking from RIM pans out next year.
News Via: Apple Insider