Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:33 UTC
Legal Day 2 is underway in the Apple v. Samsung case in The Netherlands, a microcosm of what would have happened in Germany, had Germany implemented the concept of due process. Most interesting bit so far? Samsung is using the Knight Ridder tablet from 1994 as a case of prior art. I was unaware of this device, but be sure to watch the video - this is an iPad. Amazing. This doesn't actually surprise me though - my father worked at a large newspaper company his entire life until he retired a few years ago, and in the early '90s, he already attended demonstrations of devices like this, taking home promotional material that amazed my child brain. This was supposed to be the future of newspapers, until development on these kinds of devices suddenly halted - my father never understood why. Update: Forgot to mention that like yesterday, Andreas Udo de Haes, editor at, present in the court room, is covering this. This time, in English. Update II: Samsung has presented 20 cases of prior art for both tablets and smartphones. Update III: I'm liking Samsung's lawyers.
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RE[2]: Neat
by Beta on Sun 14th Aug 2011 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Neat"
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They do have a better product.

I’ve played with an iPad*, and I just cannot agree that its a better product. It is heavy and cumbersome. I worry whenever I put it on a surface that it will be scratched or will scratch. The tilt sensors often trigger at flat angles so i’m often tilting the device to return it to where I want it - having a lock‐screen toggle is a cop out. I hope the touch sensor is much better on the iPad2 because I find I hit the wrong targets more often than not - in Safari or Sodoku. It doesn’t have USB.

The only thing I think iPad does better than say, Tab 10.1, is having the app download progress in the app drawer.

iPad has the advantage of being ‘first’ to market, and has gobbled up a large amount of people who would buy a tablet. In a penetrated market, it is harder to judge competing devices and their sales figures because they aren’t just having to stand on their own merit.

*My father won an iPad at a security conference (lol).

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