Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 06:23 UTC
Legal "The 2010 report, translated from Korean, goes feature by feature, evaluating how Samsung's phone stacks up against the iPhone. Authored by Samsung's product engineering team, the document evaluates everything from the home screen to the browser to the built in apps on both devices. In each case, it comes up with a recommendation on what Samsung should do going forward and in most cases its answer is simple: Make it work more like the iPhone." Pretty damning. We still need to know a few things: how many of these were actually implemented? How common are these types of comparisons (i.e., does Apple have them)? Are these protected by patents and the like? And, but that's largely irrelevant and mostly of interest to me because I'm a translator myself, who translated the document, and how well has he or she done the job?
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standard practice
by unclefester on Wed 8th Aug 2012 08:10 UTC
unclefester
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2007-01-13

It is standard practice to benchmark or even reverse engineer competing products in virtually every industry. Move on..nothing to see here.

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RE: standard practice
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 08:43 in reply to "standard practice"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Interesting, too, that it specifically states they should be different than the iPhone. That kind of... Deflates it all.

Like I said, I'm wondering just how much of this was actually implemented.

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RE: standard practice
by imhotepx on Wed 8th Aug 2012 10:42 in reply to "standard practice"
imhotepx Member since:
2012-08-08

Sorry, but that is not true. I have worked for two fortune 100 companies in the valley (in my second now) and reverse engineering competitors products is not standard practice at all.............

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RE[2]: standard practice
by some1 on Wed 8th Aug 2012 13:43 in reply to "RE: standard practice"
some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

You don't always need to reverse engineer to compare competing products, but reverse engineering is fairly common. Say, about 10 years ago GPU makers were doing it to find why someone else's chip was faster, and if it actually was and wasn't just gaming the benchmarks.

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RE[2]: standard practice
by Carewolf on Wed 8th Aug 2012 18:51 in reply to "RE: standard practice"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

So the company you work in has NEVER asked themselves, what can we learn from how our competitors does business to become better ourselves?

I call bullshit. This happens in your company every single day.

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