BlackBerry - our phones work, so screw you Apple!
It's not entirely unexpected. If you're going to address the world's tech media and claim that not only does your product suffer design issues, but then go on to state the rest of the industry has issues too, somebody is going to bite.
That somebody was Research In Motion (RIM), manufacturers of BlackBerry.
During yesterday's press conference, Steve Jobs specifically called out the BlackBerry Bold 9700 for suffering loss of signal in poor reception areas. RIM disagree:
"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."