posted by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2012 18:28 UTC
IconHold 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.

Previous Samsung phones and tablets were drastically different from Apple's devices, making Apple's claims to the contrary a bit hollow to those with no special affinity for any one company. This time around, however, there's no denying the obvious: the Galaxy Ace Plus is an almost 1:1 copy of the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

Image courtesy of CultOfMac

The story I'm linking to is a bit funny, since it's acting as if this is the first time Apple and its fanatics are accusing Samsung of copying the 3G(S) - even though basically all Apple's complaints deal with the 3G(S). The fact that the Galaxy Ace Plus looks so much like the 3GS just demonstrates how wrong they were when it comes to calling, say, the Galaxy SII a 3GS rip-off.

In all seriousness, this time around, the likeness is so striking you can't really ignore it. I wonder how Samsung ever thought this was a good idea - especially now that Apple is busier filing lawsuits than unveiling products. This might surprise you, but in this case, I would say Apple is well within its right to sue Samsung.

I'd love to know Samsung's thought process here. Unbelievable.

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