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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nej_simon
Member since:
2011-02-11

Wow, I almost confused that Palm with the iPhone. Are you f'ing kidding?

Err, I never said it was en exact copy.

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mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

No, you gave the link to demonstrate that Apple copied Palm just like Samsung copied Apple, but didn't really mean that Apple copied Palm.

Given that Samsung's own attorney couldn't tell their tablet and the iPad apart in the courtroom - "Not at this distance, your honor." - I don't think the question is whether there was a Palm product that looked different, the question is whether Samsung has tried to totally copy the Apple designs. This new phone is just another clear example of them doing so.

I know some people think that having Google copy the look of the OS and all the knock-off hardware makers copy the devices is just fine. I understand that it's OK in this case because Apple didn't actually invent electricity or the elements used to make their products and therefore just copied nature really. I mean, isn't that true?

I'm aware that most people who argue that point actually had made their own devices that looked and worked just like the iPhone before it was announced and just don't feel like showing them because it was so easy and obvious. I'm sure they weren't the ones saying 'Apple is going to make a phone? Is that a joke?' and laughing it off.

The fact that the patent system has issues and that Apple is a big company doesn't mean that they're always wrong. Not always right either by any means, but Samsung is just ripping Apple's ideas off in this case.

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frderi Member since:
2011-06-17

I'm aware that most people who argue that point actually had made their own devices that looked and worked just like the iPhone before it was announced and just don't feel like showing them because it was so easy and obvious. I'm sure they weren't the ones saying 'Apple is going to make a phone? Is that a joke?' and laughing it off.


It usually goes something like this :

It starts with an unnamed product market X which is usually a convoluted mess, determined by a zoo of products which each try to nail the user experience but none are really hitting the sweet spot.

1) Apple looks into it, thinking long and hard on how to make the ultimate product, and introduces it.

2) Some of the brighter boffins welcome Apple's new initiative, while the closed-minded establishment shrug it off, stating it has too little buttons, and it will fail because they can't open the box.

3) Apple's product goes on into the marketplace and becomes a hit.

4) Competitors take note and scramble to emulate Apple's designs for a chance to compete.

5) When the smarter boffins point out that now most of the devices all work the way Apple introduced, the nay-sayers go on to state that it was obvious all along and Apple really didn't do anything, and are just reaping huge benefits off snippets they scraped together elsewhere.

It happened with the Mac UI, the Powerbook, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, and it's happening with the Macbook Air. I'm not counting the Newton, because it wasn't really a successful product, but its obvious Palm took a lot of queues from it in their Pilot products.

I think its about time that people with more than half a business intellect start crying foul at the nay-sayers systematically, because this cycle is getting REALLY old after a quarter of a century.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Given that Samsung's own attorney couldn't tell their tablet and the iPad apart in the courtroom - "Not at this distance, your honor." - I don't think the question is whether there was a Palm product that looked different, the question is whether Samsung has tried to totally copy the Apple designs. This new phone is just another clear example of them doing so.

They wouldn't be able to differentiate TVs, too; and yet you don't see companies going mental about "copying" of what is pretty much the only sensible layout and/or about protecting their "design" which boils down to removing any distinguishing design elements (and copying design language of, say, Braun)

Edited 2012-01-12 00:06 UTC

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