Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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RE: To posters in general
by Soulbender on Wed 1st Aug 2012 05:42 UTC in reply to "To posters in general"
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The main issue is that Samsung created their products so that people will see them and think they are an Apple device.

I don't think most people are too stupid to notice the Samsung logo.

I've more than a couple of people tell me they had an Samsung iPad

That happens sometimes, just like people used to call their Walkman a Walkman even if it wasn't a Sony. There's plenty of examples of this in history.

They were shocked when I told them it wasn't an iPad.
Note: The people bought them at Best Buy.

So it's a Best Buy problem, not a Samsung problem.

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RE[2]: To posters in general
by Sabon on Wed 1st Aug 2012 17:20 in reply to "RE: To posters in general"
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I think you would be more surprised than me. I'm been supporting computers since 1979. I've been amazed at how many people mistake something for something else even though it is obvious to us.

And that last part is important. We know what to look for. A lot of people don't and expect to have a certain experience with the product and get a "bait and switch" where sales people (and the company) are paid extra to push device X (such as Samsung) and pretend they are selling the person what they asked for.

Note that this happens a LOT with car dealers. They don't switch brands but they purposely try to sell you a car with less than what you asked for at the higher price because the lower priced car hasn't been selling so the boss tells them to "do whatever you can without lower the price much".

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RE[3]: To posters in general
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 17:38 in reply to "RE[2]: To posters in general"
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Just ask someone what version of Windows they are using and you'll meet people that don't know, despite having a Windows XP splash screen while booting for years.

And some answer Microsoft, Windows 97, Office or even stranger things.

Some people buy an Android tablet thinking they now have an iPad. Not sure changing the shape or color would/could prevent that though.

These people are out there and have a vote in the next election.

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