Sony CEO Stringer talks about Apple iPhone: ‘I wouldn’t bet against Steve Jobs’

“In a frank TV interview which has not been put to air yet Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer… [was] asked about Apple’s iPhone,” David Richards reports for Smarthouse.

Richards reports, Stringer said, “‘The good news is that Steve Jobs spotted a trend that we’ve seen. The phone is a convergence device, between music and a phone. We are all building variations on the same theme. We have sold plenty of Walkman phones [from Sony Ericsson], especially in Europe.’

Richards reports, “While Stringer is pleased with Sony’s cellular phone progress, ‘I would never sit up here and say I’m not worried about Steve Jobs. I wouldn’t bet against Steve.'”

The lack of FUD in Stringer’s comments is refreshing (as opposed to the video below), but nobody really has anything close to being as integrated and powerful as Apple’s OS X-based, multi-touch iPhone.

This is how someone reacts when he knows they have absolutely nothing with which to compete with an innovation like the iPhone: