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Smartphone Competitors Snarl Back

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Research in Motion and HTC have both fired broadsides back at Apple after Steve Jobs' curious attack on Apple's competition at the hastily called (and prepared) Friday press conference.

Nokia have already flattened Apple.

HTC

HTC's PR boss Eric Lin told Pocket-lint that the products singled out by Jobs are actually seeing a far lower complaint rate than the iPhone 4. 'We have had very few complaints about signal or antenna problems.'

RIM

The response from Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion reads more like a declaration of war.

Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable.

Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation.

RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years.

During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage.

One thing is for certain: RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity.


Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

 - Jim Balsillie, Mike Lazaridis Research in Motion

And this is still the weekend.

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