Another difference between Apple and the imitators: Good design – inside and out

“Echoes of the iPhone are everywhere. Xiaomi’s phones and Google’s new Pixel are designed to fool you into thinking that they just might be an iPhone,” Om Malik writes for The New Yorker. “Samsung, famously, was found to have infringed Apple’s iPhone design patents, a case that made its way to the Supreme Court. In 2012, a jury told Samsung to pay a billion dollars in damages to Apple.”

“That Samsung is facing such steep costs suggests the appeal of the original Apple design,” Malik writes. “When I asked John Maeda, the former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, why, then, people have turned on the design of the iPhone 7, he pointed out that perhaps these critics ‘seem to believe that there’s some as yet unimaginable transcendence that can happen in a small, palm-shaped, rectangular device.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Or because these critics are shortsighted fools and/or paid to pump out anti-Apple bullshit.

“The original iPhone was about defining a foundation for the future,” Malik writes. “It was different from other phones on the market—it made a rectangular touchscreen the main way to interact, displacing buttons and keypads. Now the iPhone is the essence of a phone.”

“Design, however, is more than just looks, a point that has been well illustrated by Samsung and the terrible trouble it has had with its flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7,” Malik writes. “The seamless interaction between the technologies hidden behind the screen, the software, and our services is good design. Apple thus far has made sure that it gets most of that experience right—especially the stuff under the hood. Perhaps the next time someone criticizes its designs, we should remember: good design means your phone doesn’t explode.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If it’s not an iPhone, it’s an incendiary device cobbled together by a South Korean dishwasher maker.

Oh, you don’t have a real iPhone? You’re easily fooled, we see.

I don’t know which is worse: Samsung’s slavish copying or that there are tens of millions of dullards and/or morally-crippled consumers who would buy such obvious knockoffs. What kind of person rewards thieves, especially such obvious ones? What kind of person hands over their money to make sure that crime pays? What’s wrong with you people, exactly?

It makes me sad that there are outfits like Samsung Electronics on the planet, as I was with Microsoft before them. People who work for Samsung Electronics should be ashamed. It makes me even sadder to see people supporting blatant criminals, whether it be blindly or, worse, knowingly. To those people I say: Get some morals, will you, or how about at least acquiring a modicum of taste?

What you’re doing is supporting criminal activity. It’s like you’re buying knockoff Coach handbags, but you’re paying pretty much the Coach price! Not too smart, eh? Oh, sure, you might have “saved” a bit upfront on your fake iPhone (maybe you got one of those Buy One Get One or More Free deals), but you’re paying the same data rates – after a couple years, you’ve pretty much paid the same anyway! So, in the end, you’re saving little or nothing while:

a) depriving the company who basically inspired your inferior, fragmented product;
b) depriving yourself of the real deal and the real experience, and;
c) rewarding the criminal, encouraging them to steal even more.

Not a lot of sense being made in any aspect of your toting around that Android phone, is there? Oh, right it’s “open.” Smirk. And, yes, every one of us with the real thing knows that you’re carrying around a half-assed fake, you tasteless wonder.

Didn’t you people have parents? If so, what did they teach you, if anything? Sheesh.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, August 6, 2012

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

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

For good measure, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

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U.S. air passengers who try to take Samsung’s exploding phones onto planes face fines, confiscation, criminal prosecution – October 15, 201
Samsung has no clue why their phones explode, yet they shipped replacements anyway, assuring their customers they were safe – October 14, 2016
United States bans all Samsung Note 7 phones on airline flights – October 14, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung’s cellphone dilemma – October 13, 2016
Exploding Galaxy phones: What did Samsung know and when did they know it? – October 12, 2016
Apple or Android phone makers: Who wins more on Samsung’s Galaxy collapse? – October 12, 2016
People are dumping Samsung’s unsafe, exploding phones and upgrading to Apple’s iPhone – October 12, 2016
Social media users mock beleaguered Samsung’s explosive phones – October 11, 2016
Replacement Galaxy Note 7, deemed ‘safe’ by Samsung, catches fire in Scottish hotel room – October 11, 2016
Samsung axes explosive Galaxy Note 7, shares plummet – October 11, 2016
Drexel Hamilton projects 8 million iPhone unit gain for Apple this year alone due to Samsung’s exploding phones debacle – October 11, 2016
Samsung takes multi-billion-dollar hit to end exploding phones fiasco – October 11, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung permanently ceases Galaxy Note 7 production – October 11, 2016


  1. But do you think Fandroid will ever get that? Doubtful for the hardcore living in their usual fantasy world. It is gratifying for them to at least realize though the Seoul Soulless Emperor has no non-flammable clothes. Whatever bragging rights they THOUGHT they had are long gone and will remain that way for a long time. I do believe we’ve reached an inflection point where they will find it a much harder road ahead to compete with Apple.

    1. Hahaha.
      VERY FIRST page I click on and here you are ranting about ‘fandroids’.
      Why are you not paying attention to your beautiful Swedish wife?

            1. You’ve got multiple computers or something.
              But whatever, you’ve managed to get over 100.
              I never use the term “LOL” but I am actually laughing out loud right now.
              You are one sad pathetic loser.

            2. Oh no no no. I am laughing at you because you pulled this BS once before when I saw the numbers moving strangely. You’re the one obsessed with uprating yourself and downrating others. Somehow you’ve gamed the system to meet your nefarious troll ends. We are ALL laughing at you.

            3. You can’t upvote yourself more than once.
              And who is we? You and your beautiful Swedish wife?
              “meet your nefarious troll ends”

            4. You only prove your obsession with the votes by going back and looking butthead. Heh. The undeserved hyena laughing only keeps you in continuing troll stead. You’re an annoying online Renfield and just as crazy. But the fix is in…

            5. Oh no, the obsession is yours.
              “the undeserved hyena laughing only keeps you in continuing troll stead. ”
              It’s retarded statements like that that keep me laughing. I think ‘troll stead’ is the funniest (and dumbest) thing you’ve come up with yet, aside from a fictitious Swedish wife.

            6. Yeah sure. You naturally have to put down something witty or cleverly written as something “dumb” because you yourself are dumb as donuts. A real troll dullard without a whit of imagination, just the ability to inflame online while contributing nothing – I’ve not seen one normal post from you because that is NOT what you’re here for. The vitriol and trollishness is what you actually live for isn’t it? Why else would you be here taunting me, harassing, belittling and mocking me and generally acting like a real Grade A jackass. You are NOT what I would cal an exemplary personality. You exhibit the classic signs of a sociopathic loser.

              If you started with lofty motives (a laugh) you quickly ended up in the gutter as all trolls eventually do when they crash and burn. Consider yourself “crashed.”

              And again I laugh knowing I do indeed have a lovely Swedish wife (and have worked with the famous both in front of and behind the scenes) while you have nothing in your rusty van down by the river. And you know THAT’S my greatest cruel chuckle laugh on you.

            7. You have no wife, let alone a Swedish one.
              That is one THE most pathetic lies I’ve heard in a long, long time, as bad as your ‘I worked with JJ Abrams’ lie and Halle Berry touched me lie. (That one is just idiotic.)

              Now you’re stuck in your lies, and that is more than hilarious.
              Soon you’ll start to believe in your imaginary life.
              You’ll buy a blow up doll and put clothes and lipstick on it.
              Maybe buy a picture of JJ and write “To peterbulge with love JJ” on it.

              And again, you reflect what you are:
              “trollishness is what you actually live for isn’t it”.
              It’s what YOU live for.
              Buddy, I’ve been here a few days – you’ve been here for a few YEARS.
              EVERY day from what I can tell.
              Every single day looking for people to piss on, looking for mean nasty trolls.

              How sad.

            8. You can think it a lie all you want, but it’s MY life and I know better doofus. You only devoutly wish it were not so because you have so little on deck to offer yourself, plainly. A list of your “credits” would be a list of fast food establishments and menial labor jobs.

              You’re such a sad little POS wretch. A troll gadfly with nothing better to do & who’s life will end sadly in some insignificant way and you’ll never be missed. Try aiming your childish critical cannons at yourself – there’s a LOT f*cked up there to fire at.

              You have mastered the art of a social pariah sociopathic reject that no one could possibly like to be sure. There’s nothing remotely redeeming about you. The fact you keep coming back here says volumes about your loathsome personality, or lack thereof.

            9. Not much of a life if this is what you do all day every day.
              My list of credits is just fine, my mental health is fine too, you’re just (again) regurgitating the same tired reflecting tactic you’ve done all your life, such as it is.

              Your lies and stupidity are being challenged and you cannot stand up to it can you? Your ‘beautiful Swedish wife’ is a fiction, your 11 Academy ceremonies is an even more laughable fiction.
              When you really add up who you are it comes to a zero.
              Well done.

            10. You’ve proven your mental health and life are definitely not “all right” by the way you keep attacking me. I don’t give a shit if you believe me or not! I assure you the denial is all you. Your miserable life adds up to a big fact zero. I could post pictures and links but God knows I wouldn’t give such information to a bonafide loon like you. You’re the vicious & nasty type to use information to inflame, ridicule and for you’re own evil purposes because of your own pathetic life. You are an anonymous nothing troll, and thats all.

  2. What do they mean “another”? For me, that was always THE differentiator. Probably a bunch of kids who never even knew who Steve Jobs was wrote these articles lol

  3. Om is a terrific guy.
    He’s one of the few tech journos that get it.
    “Design, however, is more than just looks..”
    Very well said.

    The shape of the iPhone is the way it is for a reason.
    The copycats have to distinguish themselves somehow so they struggle to add superfluous junk, such as a stylus, but they seriously miss the mark.

    Ok, Trekkies.. Remember the Enterprise D from TNG?
    That’s the iPhone.
    Now recall the dreadful messy Enterprise E from the movies. Slick, but nowhere near the grace or the iconographic potency.
    That is samsung’s ripoff ‘design’.

  4. “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.”
    Aldo Gucci, Gucci Handbags

    I have never regretted purchasing the iPhone, from the first one to now. My friends all talked about their gadgets and I stuck to my iPhone, because I trust Apple to make it good and make it better and make it best. The wait is worth it, when quality is what you end up with, even if they have glitches and whatever, it was and is all worth it. I will never support a slavish copier of the original iPhone. Steve Jobs deserve that respect.

  5. Although I feel iPhones are likely built better than most smartphones, it’s the big investors who believe iPhones are no better than the average Android smartphone and Apple’s iPhone is said to have no distinct advantage over any Android smartphone. The big investors must have a reason for thinking that, otherwise Apple would get a bit more respect. To Wall Street, all smartphones are equal with Android devices being much more affordable.

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