Originally Posted by lamewing
I see this entire argument over "look and feel" to be ridiculous in the first place. There are very few choices in design for a sleek tablet, but it is apparent that Samsung chose to make a device that looks very similar to the iPhone and iPad. Do I care, no? The Samsung devices still run Android, not iOS, so my business stays with Apple.
It's not about how Samsung tablets are also rectangular with a glass front, or Samsung phones having the home button in the same location as the iPhone. That would be ridiculous, just like you said. The problem Apple has with Samsung, is that they are purposefully trying to copy those (superficial) aspects that people associate with iPad & iPhone, to try to confuse and trick buyers into thinking they are the same thing: design, packaging, marketing, the way the software (touchwiz, kies) looks.
The argument that the average customer cannot tell the difference or will somehow be confused by this is an insult to anyone with an average IQ and is just fodder for the lawyers.
I sincerely disagree here. I think there many, many people will confuse Galaxy Tabs and the Galaxy S with the iPhone, and buy them because they think it's the same thing. Of course no-one is going to miss the giant 'SAMSUNG' logo, or the lack of an Apple logo. People are not _that_ stupid. Instead, they see 2 tablets from different manufacturers, who look almost exactly the same, are marketed as having the same kind of applications, are sold at similar prices, and judge they will have the same capabilities. For many people, a tablet is no different from a DVD player or a Microwave, to them, they are all the same, and they all do the same thing. Only when they get home with their Galaxy Tab and find out none of the cool iPad apps they have heard about are available, or can't for the life of them figure out how to configure the WiFi or get some music on the thing, they will realize iPads and Galaxy Tabs are basically completely different devices, from a usability perspective.
None of this is saying only Apple should be allowed to make tablets or something, just that I find it pretty distasteful how Samsung is deliberately trying to get a free ride on the success Apple has had with its products, by basically stealing their product strategy.
Why do I feel this way? Because Apple is just a guilty of this. A prime example is this new notification bar that is in iOS 5 which remarkably resembles the Android notification bar. So how can Apple sue for look and feel infringements, but then do the very same thing...while publicly touting the new feature?
This is a bad example, as there was nothing unique or innovative about the Android notification system in the first place, which is just a rehash of a million other notification tray implementations we've seen on desktop OS's and mobile phones. Also, I don't actually think the iOS 5 notification tray 'looks and feels' similar to Android. It operates in almost the exact same way, but visually, it looks quite different.
I know this is splitting hairs, but I simply think referring to how iOS 5 'copied' the Android notification system simply goes to show how innovative iOS actually is, when the notification tray in iOS 5 is the only thing people can come up with as an example of Apple copying anyone.
No lawsuits should be filed. It is a waste of time and money. Apple is now making the correct and appropriate move, something they should have done earlier, by dropping Samsung as a customer. Samsung will feel the loss of about $8 billion a year much more than the loss of potential tablet and phone sales.
Agreed, this has all come to one big dickfight, and I don't like any of it.
That said, I think the Android camp is simply getting what it deserves, by pretending to be open and free. There's almost nothing 'open' about Android except that you can see the source code (except for all 3.x releases), and the only reason you could say it is 'free' is because Google took a deliberate choice to simply take whatever they could get their grubby hands on from other parties, trying to 'sell' it as their own, not negotiating any licensing deals, all while being anti-competitive in the way they treat their hardware partners (think Skyhook/Motorola, and the pressure they put on their 'partners' to prevent them from replacing Google services).
I don't care about who is copying who that much, as long as it doesn't come down to simply trying to KIRF succesful products like Samsung does. What does rub me completely the wrong way is the hypocrisy around it especially from Google, who simply don't practice what they preach, pretending to be something they are not, and pretending they care about Android end-users (which they don't). It's stuff like this that really puts me off when it comes to Android.