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[2]: Its a cultural thing
by daedalus on Thu 5th Jan 2012 14:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Its a cultural thing"
daedalus
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2011-01-14

A certain amount of the cost has to be apportioned to development time. Working in R&D myself, I know our company would be utterly sunk if someone decided to copy the instrument we sell and undercut us in the market. Thankfully it hasn't happened yet but there's always a chance. There were about 3 years of development put into that machine by a team of around 15 poeple - that's not cheap! We need to be able to sell this machine for up to 10 years to make our money back...

Of course, "developing" rounded corners on a phone didn't exactly cost Apple much, which is where the whole system breaks down. Yes, you should be able to defend your product in order to benefit from the large investment. No, you shouldn't be able to defend a design which would take any reasonable person a few minutes to come up with...

Edited 2012-01-05 14:05 UTC

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RE[3]: Its a cultural thing
by MOS6510 on Thu 5th Jan 2012 15:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Its a cultural thing"
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2011-05-12

What you made sounds very complicated, but what about watches?

In Turkey you can buy a Rolex replica that looks totally real (made in Asia). A Rolex Submariner is an relative old design (so no R&D costs to be won back), but a real one costs a lot more than a replica. So I'm guessing a lot of the costs goes to the well paid people in their beautiful buildings. If that is so than that expensive Rolex watch isn't really that valuable at all.

The seller of a fake Submariner paid 75 euros for it he told me. That includes material, assembly, wages and profit for the maker.

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