True. Blocking the entire tablets industry claiming that every tablet that is released nowadays is an iPad clone is a bit drastic and may harm competition (which eventually will harm the consumers) – but hey: Apple does have a point.
All the mobile players are copying Apple's innovative work done with the first iPhone and we, as consumers, have stopped noticing as this is happening for the past 3 years already.
To all of us, having finger gestures, pinch to zoom, rotating screens, hidden scrollbars, finger friendly drop down lists, virtual keyboards that actually work, lock-screens, and other basic capabilities that were not here just few years ago – is all given these days.
We forgot most of today's standards were invented (or at least: first introduced) by Apple!
Now, I'm not an Apple fanboy (although I admire the company's superior technology and innovation), and I love Samsung's products: I'm using Samsung Omnia 7 as my favorite phone these days, I've owned many Samsung products in the past, and writing these lines looking at a Samsung LED monitor, but even I have my red lines; Samsung Galaxy Ace (and not Galaxy S like in the picture below) was designed as an iPhone clone: the hardware, the size, the cover, the software – all iPhone style.
I have 2 simple questions for Samsung:
- Why did you release a phone that looks exactly like iPhone?
- Why did you insist on customizing Android's perfectly fine icons and replace them with icons that not only look similar to the iPhone style, but also copy the metaphoric images (sunflower, green phone and angle, colors, contacts book, media)?
The answer to those questions is: you didn't have to! You just made a mean decision and you should pay the price.
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Digging into it some more, I've managed to find additional pictures under the topic "Samsung copying technology" where more examples of poor copying are presented in images, and to be honest – do not make me feel well about it.
Samsung is a powerful company with great products. To me, this entire copying stuff is just pathetic and unnecessary.
Suddenly Apple's tablets attach in Europe doesn't look so ridiculous isn't it?