CEOh-Snap iPad Attack Edition -- Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and Nintendo on Apple's Tablet
Prior to Steve Jobs laying into Google and Adobe, Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and Nintendo got their shots in on Apple and the iPad, and here's what they had to say:
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt: "You might want to tell me the difference between a large phone and a tablet."
Someone might want to tell him people are making Android tablets, or is he still using BlackBerry?
- Nokia social point-main Mark Squires: In a post titled, "A fruit confused", he takes issue with Apple calling itself the world's largest mobile devices business (measured by revenue). [via Nokia Conversations]
Fair enough, considering there are lies, damn lies, and statistics, but the title of the post... really?
- Microsoft director of product management in the developer platform, Brandon Watson: "developers of applications for the iPhone OS–which the iPad uses–are not making money. Developing applications for the iPhone and iPad is expensive, he said, because iPhone OS uses the Objective C language rather than Microsoft’s more pervasive .NET platform. And Apple’s control over the platform has alienated some people that make software for its products, he said." [via Technologizer]
Cue Windows Mobile millionaire dev and their 140,000 runtimes in 5... 4... 3... 2...
- Nintendo President Satoru Iwata: 'It was a bigger iPod Touch. I question whether those features would be enough to get people to buy new machines." [via NYT]
Never mind his own company just released a bigger version of their own, the Nintendo DSi LL... He's missing the same point many others are likewise missing. The iPad isn't just a big iPod touch. The iPad is a big iPod touch. That's its killer feature.
And yes, we'll be saving all these comments, and any others we come across, and looking back at them one year post-iPad launch to see if it works out any better for the competition than it did when the iPhone was mocked in 2007...