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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frderi
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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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nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

Well, that's how the market works. Some company sets the standard by introducing some popular new product and then other companies follows due to consumer demand. How many smartphones would we have if companies couldn't copy from each other?

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