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Steve Jobs Rants on RIM, Android, Small Tablets

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You'll need sandpaper if you want to use a smaller tablet.

Following up on the news of the record breaking quarter with $20.34 billion in revenue, Steve Jobs hopped on the investor conference call with some VERY choice words again for basically anyone in the same business as Apple, but wasn't Apple.

First off on his hit list was Research in Motion with its entry into tablets and app stores. Job was proud that the 14.1 million iPhones outsold the 12.1 million BlackBerrys sold during the quarter.

Jobs then had disparaging words for RIM, basically saying that the Canadian BlackBerry phone maker has a uphill battle on trying to build an app store when there's already the iTunes App Store and the Android Marketplace. Jobs doesn't see there being enough room for a third.

The Apple CEO then launched in a numbers game against Google CEO Eric Schmidt about the number of smartphones activated each day. Google says it's 200,000 Androids per day, but Jobs boasts that the iPhone 4 has hit 300,000 per day at its peak.

Jobs also goes full on to putting down the openness of Android, saying that the freedom that vendors have in customizing the UI negatively affects the user experience. The open nature also allows there to be more than one app store, and with the likes of Amazon and Verizon looking to open their own shops, Jobs believes that this will lead to fragmentation of the Android market.

As for all those rumors about Apple coming out with a 7-inch iPad to fill the gap between the iPhone and the current iPad – don't count on it. Jobs had some pretty strong views against any tablet smaller than the current 9.7-inch iPad.

A 7-inch iPad would have 45 percent of the screen area of the current iPad, and Jobs feels that even an increase in resolution wouldn't be good enough because our human fingers are too fat. In fact, Jobs said that smaller tablets should come with sandpaper so that users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of the current size.

Of course, if our meaty fingers can work well with the 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone 4, and all the iPhones before it, we're not sure what the problem is with our digits interacting with a 7-inch tablet.

Still, Steve Jobs says that the upcoming batch of competing tablets that use screens smaller than 10-inches will be DOA or "dead on arrival."

We're sure that the rest of the market is just waiting to prove the Apple CEO wrong.

Check out the full transcript for Jobs' words here. You can also listen in on the beginning in the video below, but the audio is a bit on the quiet side.

Steve Jobs Rips Into RIM, Android, Everyone, Etc.

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    bustapr , October 19, 2010 12:21 PM
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    Jobs also goes full on to putting down the openness of Android, saying that the freedom that vendors have in customizing the UI negatively affects the user experience.


    I think everyone would agree that an open experience is better than a limited experience. And if the blackberry sold 12 million phones this quarter against the 14 milion of the iphone I think their in a really good position to make their app store a big competitor.

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    Marcus Yam: Of course, if our meaty fingers can work well with the 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone 4, and all the iPhones before it, we're not sure what the problem is with our digits interacting with a 7-inch tablet.

    Couldnt have said it any better myself.
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    Travis Beane , October 19, 2010 12:26 PM
    Maybe he's right.
    I'll just buy a 13" Windows 7 tablet instead. :) 
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    micr0be , October 19, 2010 12:29 PM
    notice how he replaced the word open with fragmented, and the word closed with integrated.

    *sigh*
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    bustapr , October 19, 2010 12:21 PM
    Quote:
    Jobs also goes full on to putting down the openness of Android, saying that the freedom that vendors have in customizing the UI negatively affects the user experience.


    I think everyone would agree that an open experience is better than a limited experience. And if the blackberry sold 12 million phones this quarter against the 14 milion of the iphone I think their in a really good position to make their app store a big competitor.

    Quote:
    Marcus Yam: Of course, if our meaty fingers can work well with the 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone 4, and all the iPhones before it, we're not sure what the problem is with our digits interacting with a 7-inch tablet.

    Couldnt have said it any better myself.
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    Travis Beane , October 19, 2010 12:26 PM
    Maybe he's right.
    I'll just buy a 13" Windows 7 tablet instead. :) 
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    micr0be , October 19, 2010 12:29 PM
    notice how he replaced the word open with fragmented, and the word closed with integrated.

    *sigh*
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    bk420 , October 19, 2010 12:30 PM
    This guy is nuts.
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    crossed_xd , October 19, 2010 12:33 PM
    Pretty sure I've had a blast with the 9" Asus tablet I bought last week... but w/e.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 19, 2010 12:35 PM
    what a douche.

    anyone else find it ironic when he mentions apple's value?? :p 
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    Parrdacc , October 19, 2010 12:39 PM
    RIM uphill battle? Yes, I would have to agree with Jobs on that one. The 7" tablet design being to small? Well I can see his point. Some of us have big, beefy, fat fingers. Others have little skinny ones and the rest are somewhere in between. My only issue with that is I have a 7" touch screen navigation in my my car and had very little problems using it and the problems, in regards to selecting what I want, just required a little adjustment in how I go about selecting it. Like instead of trying to hit it with my finger using the buttons to select that particular item.

    As for the whole Android being open source and causing fragmentation and killing the user experiance; well I am not even going to try and explain the multiple problems with that line of reasoning. I will just let Jobs keep living in his limited, control freak world.
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2010 12:39 PM
    "The open vs closed system is just a smokescreen"

    SUUUUURE...........
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    HTDuro , October 19, 2010 12:45 PM
    dont forget that in most place, if you want a iphone 4 you have to be on a waiting list and they will call you later when they receive it ... my friend was told that he will have his iphone 4 in january ... in quebec at least .... and when you want a android phone or BB .... 30 min? max?
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    Parrdacc , October 19, 2010 12:49 PM
    Okay, one more thing that whole: "What is best for the customer? Open vs. integrated." How's about choice. Should customers not have the choice to choose between open and integrated?
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    zachary k , October 19, 2010 12:56 PM
    i think he is scared. he is starting to lose the smartphone, and now probably tablet market.
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    molo9000 , October 19, 2010 1:05 PM
    bustaprI think everyone would agree that an open experience is better than a limited experience.


    I recently tried out a Wepad and it has a horrible UI compared to the iPad even though it has a bigger screen and higher resolution.
    Apple is king when it comes to making great UIs.

    Open isn't always better than closed.
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    alyoshka , October 19, 2010 1:09 PM
    Lol!! Well, every Dawg has his Dae..............
    LMAO
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    Cons29 , October 19, 2010 1:16 PM
    Quote:
    Of course, if our meaty fingers can work well with the 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone 4, and all the iPhones before it, we're not sure what the problem is with our digits interacting with a 7-inch tablet.

    i would've paid good money to see someone say something like this in jobs face during his speech.
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    col_krismiss , October 19, 2010 1:25 PM
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    Google says it's 200,000 Androids per day, but Jobs boasts that the iPhone 4 has hit 300,000 per day at its peak.


    Jobs actually says 300,000 iOS devices, so that includes iPads, which have apparently outsold macs now...
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    FlynnSerlant , October 19, 2010 1:31 PM
    bustaprI think everyone would agree that an open experience is better than a limited experience.


    Yeah, first thing that caught my eye was the audacity that Jobs has to say that openness hurts the user experience, and then in the same thought process goes on to say that choice hurts user experience.

    I wonder if he even realizes that Apple has literally turned into the company it was advertising against? Makes me think of that quote from despair.com "I either want less corruption, or more opportunities to participate in it."
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    Misdissident , October 19, 2010 2:08 PM
    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-iPod-Generation-NEWEST-MODEL/dp/B002L6HEAU

    ... so why does Jobs not give sandpaper with these? Does his own logic magically not apply when it is his own products?
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    ikefu , October 19, 2010 2:09 PM
    Notice how he quote's one shot numbers. The iPhone 4 just came out so the 14 million number is a one time thing. It will be way lower for the next quarter since the rush is over.

    RIM sells 12 million blackberrys EVERY quarter. Not just when a single phone comes out.
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