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BlackBerry chief responds to Steve Jobs’ tablet comments

BlackBerry chief responds to Steve Jobs’ tablet comments

Research In Motion chief executive, Jim Balsillie, has hit back at recent comments made by Apple boss Steve Jobs regarding the minimum screen size for tablets and the issue of Flash.

Steve Jobs said during a quarterly earnings calls this week that seven-inch screens were simply “too small” to have a genuine tablet experience and that 10-inch tablets, which Apple makes with its iPad range, were the answer. He also reiterated his support for HTML5 over the more popular Flash platform by Adobe.

Balsillie responded in a blog post, saying: “For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that seven-inch 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."

He added: “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.”

BlackBerry recently unveiled its first ever tablet, the Playbook, featuring a seven-inch panel. Key features of the device include a brand new operating system and Flash Player support. The tablet is due to arrive in Q1 2011.

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