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...