Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2012 18:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Hold on to your panties, because this should come as a surprise: I'm actually agreeing that Samsung is copying Apple. The Korean company just released a new entry-level Android smartphone, and it's called the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus. While Apple's previous complaints regarding Samsung's supposed copying were obviously nonsense, this Galaxy Ace Plus, on the other hand... It's almost as if Samsung is giving Apple the finger by copying the iPhone 3G(S) almost verbatim.
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RE[3]: Its a cultural thing
by unclefester on Fri 6th Jan 2012 01:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Its a cultural thing"
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The reality is that westerners weren't even able to make very high quality copies of many Chinese and Japanese products. No western company has ever created ceramic or enamel work to the same standards as the Chinese or Japanese master craftsmen. Louis Faberge (of enamel Easter egg fame) was considered second rate by the leading Japanese enamel craftsmen.

If you think Delft pottery compares in anyway to Chinese porcelain you have rocks in your head. Delft may have be distinctive but it was crudely made rubbish.

The average western isn't aware that the Chinese and Japanese make many extraordinarily high quality original products. The top Japanese and Chinese hand made mechanical watches make any Rolex or Omega look like a piece of over-priced mass-produced junk (which in reality they are) in comparison.

Western countries obtained access to Chinese and Japanese technology by literally invading the countries and stealing their trade secrets.

Britain used genuine government-backed pirates (privateers) to threaten Canton and seize Hong Kong by force. These pirates then demanded that Chinese accept opium in exchange for tea and manufactured goods.

In the case of Japan Commodore Peary threatened to send 700 warships from San Francisco (a bluff) to destroy Edo (Tokyo) unless immediate access to Japanese trade was granted.

The reality is that the Asian countries have already passed the west in many technologies. The Koreans are the best steelmakers and shipbuilders. The Japanese make the best optics (most professional microscopes and endoscopes are made by Minolta). The Japanese can even obtain measurably superior sports car performance than Porsche (Nissan GTR) or Ferrari (Lexus LFA) without significantly compromising comfort or reliability.

Edited 2012-01-06 01:20 UTC

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