The top executive of portable device manufacturer Research In
) responded to critical remarks his counterpart at
) issued Monday,
Jim Balsillie's answer, issued via email on Tuesday, was in
response to Steve Jobs of Apple saying neither
nor Google is able to create software for a platform that can
compete with Apple.
"While Apple's attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a
closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more
and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web
sites that use Flash (
)," Balsillie's statement reads. "Many customers are getting tired
of being told what to think by Apple."
He also addressed Jobs taking shots at the PlayBook that RIM is
manufacturing, specifically stating it will be too small to compete
with Apple's iPad and too large to contend with smartphones.
RIM stock settled at $47.30 when NASDAQ closed on Tuesday, dipping
$1.24. Thus far this year, RIM stock has dipped 30 percent while
Apple's has risen 47 percent.