Ever since Apple’s first allegation against Samsung, the evidence has been mounting against the Korean tech firm. Cupertino’s position was strengthened further in the US and abroad when the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned in both America and Germany. As you may be aware, the legal tussle has made its way to a bona fide court case.
As the case goes on, Cupertino’s position is appearing much stronger. Yesterday the case against the icons within TouchWiz was brought to light. Personally, I do understand the “it’s a black rectangle” argument when it comes to the tablet’s design. What I don’t get is why Samsung would need to use the same designs for the music, contacts or phone app (among others). Even changing the design by simply choosing a different note, or nor having a CD graphic involved would have been so easy.
Today, a leaked memo was sounded out in court. It was one which Samsung didn’t want to have as part of the evidence, one which could ultimately spell the end of Sammy’s credibility. The memo, written by Samsung’s president of mobile electronics includes phrases like:
“I hear things like this: Let’s make something like the iPhone. When everybody (both consumers and the industry) talk about UX, they weigh it against the iPhone. The iPhone has become the standard. That’s how things are already.”
“Do you know how difficult the Omnia is to use? When you compare the 2007 version of the iPhone with our current Omnia, can you honestly say the Omnia is better? If you compare the UX with the iPhone, it’s a difference between Heaven and Earth.”
In essence: the iPhone’s got it right, let’s do something more like that. In relation to the iPad, an interesting product comparison was brought to court, comparing tablet products by Samsung before the iPad and products afterwards. (A similar one was also produced for the iPhone, which isn’t as convincing.)
Like I said earlier, I do understand the “black rectangle problem”. What I don’t get is that the bezels are almost the same thickness (in comparison to the device’s size) as the iPad’s, they have the same rounded corners, the same clutter free surface. When you compare that to what Samsung was thinking before the iPad launched, it doesn’t look good.
I’m guessing if it was only one or two things Samsung was deemed to have ripped off, the lawsuit wouldn’t exist. But, when you add in everything Apple is upset about and all the evidence, it doesn’t look good for the Korean electronics giants.
Gallery of evidence