Oh Samsung, you are making this too easy

“Having a look at the otherwise impressive Galaxy S II phones from Samsung, I noticed that the USB AC power adapter had a ‘familiar’ feel to it to it,” 9 to 5 Mac reports.

“Turns out, it is almost an exact replica, within a millimeter in every direction,” 9 to 5 Mac reports.

“As you can imagine they both put out the same power, 5V at 1A,” 9 to 5 Mac reports.

See the photos in the full article here.
 
 
 

MacDailyNews Take: As if we needed it, yet another reason to continue avoiding Samsung knockoffs:

Boycott Samsung. We no longer buy Samsung-branded products and advise our millions of readers worldwide to also avoid purchasing Samsung-branded products until they cease stealing Apple’s patented IP.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn Weiler” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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85 Comments

    1. Google is on the radar! After their poor showing at this past week’s congressional hearings, their ‘no evil’ mask has been officially removed. (Google are proven blackmailers and liars). The lawsuits against Androids are in full force. The means to thwart their web surveillance of users is trivial to obtain and use. Alternative web search engines continue to proliferate, and I don’t mean Boing.

      IOW: No one requires Google. Boycott away, if so inclined. My choice is to ‘use’ Google without them every ‘using’ me. 😀

  1. Seriously? You’re all excited because of a power adapter? The Belkin one looks the same. And omigosh, did you see the cable and the USB port? Almost identical!! Really, this is nit-picking. Form follows function. Pick on function, if you like, but there isn’t much to the shape that you can argue about – like any other device you use (laptop, hard drive, TV, toaster, hi-fi gear, writing utensil, etc.), when you reach its simplest form, you have to expect the same size and shape across most brands.

    1. You make a good point. But when you notice a consistent trend of direct similarity over time, you figure out that ripoff is the process causing the observed result.

  2. Let me start by saying that I am a fan of Apple and very much enjoy the products that they produce. Samsung supplies flash memory, DRAM memory and the applications processor of the iPhone 4. They get paid regardless if you’re a fan or not. These companies have symbiant relationships on many levels. What’s the point of a boycott? Didnt stop me from buying the 520 series washer and dryer and plan on getting the new 65″ D8000 shortly. IMO, Nothing came close when I was researching these particular products. There really is nothing to gain wasting energy debating a few consumer products. Leave it to the attorneys. Consumer products are only a small division of Samsung anyway. They make shipbuilding, construction and engineering equipment as well. I doubt they’ll care.

  3. I’m still curious what they’re strategic business plans were that lead them into this?

    Samsung must have known they would put their component sales to AAPL at risk. Did they rationalize that by somehow working out that handset sales in a slim margin business was a business opportunity too fat to pass up?

    Maybe they felt they needed to take a shot at getting to the next stage and had to become a market-defining player like the AAPLs, Sonys and MSFTs of the world.

    I still can’t quite work out what their strategic planning must be.

  4. This post is childish, apple is a great company with great products, that’s why I own so many if them… But they are also very monopolistic, and are prone to suing anything that has the letter “I” in it’s name. Apple’s lawyers can do whatever they want to do even if it is unconstitutional, and they seem to get away with it. The news articles about searching the iPhone 5 guy’s house recently illustrates that quite nicely. I think that apple should probably sue any manufacturer that has a phone with any sort of touch screen and an off/on button since I’m sure that they own that “IP” too.

    I am not a fan of this article, and believe that you all are better than this. Sincerely Tim

  5. Y U NO READ THE FUCKING ARTICLE, BEFORE YOU FUCKING READ THE COMMENTS.

    This article is about how Samsung ripped off Apple’s tablet and phone, WHY DO I SEE COMMENTS ABOUT TVs AND MACBOOKS?

    *sigh* stupid trolls and kids on the internet.

    Anyway, I have to agree, the products do look apealing, but awkwardly familiar to their competitor. And in all honesty, it looks like a ripoff. The reason I like Apple is that they’re the ones trying to take the step forward. They’re the ones who make us get rid of our disty floppy disks to move on to USB (and now PC fanboys claim they’re better cuz they have more USBs… without Apple you’d have floppy disk ports instead… another exemple of ripping off in the industry, just saying) and they’re the one who made touch screens nearly standart in smartphones. Seriously, nearly every smartphone I see or MP3 player looks awkwardly familiar to apple products, but at least, they had their own touch, the company’s own feel. But in this case, it truely looks like Samsung is trying to get Apple’s feel, and is ripping off. I’d boycut samsung cuz I want progress to be done; if companies only make ripoff, we’ll never end up with new, more advanced technology. We need companies to make it new.

    And now, lets say that we know Apple are the one who introduced this technology, and obviously will be the ones to improve it and get more technology, and now, samsung rips it off, and its ripoffs are cheaper, apple goes bankrupt, and now samsung has nothing to ripoff and no big improvements are added to the technology, no more progress.

    I know this sounds a bit extreme, but I’m just saying, if companies aim to, like samsung, only make cheaper stuff than successful products of other companies, we’ll never get nowhere, and it doesn’t sound like samsung will get us anywhere ripping off.

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