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Samsung Loses Apple Patent Case

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A good day for design in general - and the phone industry

by bluecoyote    Aug 24, 2012, 6:12 PM

Quite honestly, Samsung's been ripping off designs well before Apple. Even if you don't like Apple, chances are Samsung ripped off of a manufacturer that was once innovative you once liked, be it Sony Ericsson (A800), Motorola (the "Blade" A900) , RIM (The Blackjack), LG (The A920) .

Samsung's lack of originality extends way before the iPhone (it was a Phone Scoop April fools article years back.) If there's to be competition, it's simply not okay to just directly rip off the design of a successful product- they need to produce something *better.*

(Heck, they just launched the Galaxy note and grafted on the same cruddy faux leather onto the calendar.)

In fact, since Apple started going on the offensive, other phone manufacturers have done a stellar job with original industrial design and UI design. The HTC One X, for example, is my favorite phone on the market, and has brought with it many unique things to the table such as the super-cool polycarbonate body and menu physics. Nokia's Lumia had potential from a design perspective as well, and the Metro UI was a legitimate attempt to say "We don't need to mimic the Apple UI for it to be good."

Even Google, with the Holo UI realized there are ways to design things in a new (and arguably better) manner.

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