by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
australia, galaxy tab, ipad, patents, tablets

apple, samsung

Apple Continues To Scream To The World How Competitive Samsung's Tablet Is By Getting It Banned In Australia

from the what-are-they-missing dept

Honestly, I'm at a loss to explain Apple's patent lawsuits against Samsung, which seem mainly targeted at the company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 product, which competes directly with the iPad. Having spent time with both devices, I can say that they're certainly competitive. The hardware is pretty similar, but Apple's software is still miles ahead on the tablet form-factor, though I'm sure Android will at least start to get better now that more tablets are on the market. But, really, all Apple has done with this lawsuit is to signal to the world (loudly) that hey, we're really freaking scared that Samsung has built a better product than we have.

The latest in the worldwide legal fight is that Apple has convinced Australia to block the sale of the device in that country, while it reviews some of Apple's more ridiculous patent claims -- such as for "slide to unlock," "pinch-to-zoom," and... for the "edge bounce" feature that happens when you hit the "bottom" or "top" of a document. Seriously, Apple? Get over it. People copy design elements all the time. Apple has done it as well. And the end result is everyone works hard to make a great new product. Going after Samsung for making a quality competitor just looks petty. Go compete in the marketplace.

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    Just John (profile), 3 Aug 2011 @ 4:31am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Aug 3rd, 2011 @ 3:33am

    AC, it is just an extension of Jobs now.

    I am in the industry, working on competition, so I watch Apple constantly.

    If you watch Jobs public comments, you will notice he can be particularly rude to anyone or anything that competes with his "magical" devices.

    I admit, they built Sheraton Eco-system around the product, which is why they do good, but they miss fundamentals that Android addresses.

    I have a choice, in form factor, size, price, quality, etc. that you do not have with Apple.

    I have a choice in how I interface with my device, while Apple forces you to use their itunes, like it or not.

    See, Apple, from all current approached I see lately, is no longer trying to give the customer what they want, but instead is trying to tell the customer what they can buy.

    Now that they see that the customer does not always agree with this, they are instead going after those who *gasp* give the customers a choice.

    To me, it all stinks of technological tyranny.

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