Sunday, August 26, 2012

My views on the Apple vs Samsung verdict

I decided now that the Jury has given the decision on the Apple vs Samsung case, I'd go ahead and give my opinion on this mess.  But first a little explanation of what is the case for those who may not know about it.

Basically Apple was suing Samsung because, according to Apple, samsung had been copying their mobile operating system.  Samsung says they were not copying Apple, they were simply giving customers what they wanted.

The jury decided that Samsung had indeed been trying to copy Apple and Samsung must now pay Apple 1.5 Billion dollars.  Apple was originally looking for 2.5Billion.  The Judge could however penalize Samsung for up to 3.5 Billion, we still don't know what the Judge will order Samsung to pay.

Right now Samsung is the largest cell phone manufactuer in the world, that used to be Apples title. Paying 1 Billion (or a thousand Million dollars if you want to use the old system) to become the number 1 cell phone manufacturer may just be worth it.

Do I think Samsung copied Apple?  

In a way, the answer woud be YES.  Hell yes they did.  If you look at their earlier phones you can just tell how much they wanted to make the Android operating system look like Apple's.  In a way it's almost insulting to Android.  Android is a great OS without having to be so modified.  The reason Samsung modifies Android so much is also the main reason why they are HORRIBLE at providing updates to older phones.  Then there is that stupid home button on their phones, there is absolutely no need for that button to be there.  Android does not need a physical home button anymore!

So am I glad Apple won? 

Not even close!

You see, a lot of the patents Apple was fighting for are things that they should not have patents for.  Things like "Pinch to zoom".  This is not something they invented, it's just a normal human action to try and make something bigger.  You stretch things or squeeze them.  Apple purchased the company that had developed the technology and right away wanted to patent it so that they could try and keep it to themselves.

They were also saying that a rectangular phone with curved corners is their patent.  Or square colorful icons.  Even the way that when you reach the end of the page, there is a little bounce to the page.

Apple has been going around patenting all this stupid stuff and somehow they actually get the patents.  This would be fine if they did like basically every other company out there does and they'd license the patents for a reasonable price, but noooo, they just don't want anyone using them.

Samsung

Even though I hate how Samsung makes Android look so "iOS'ish" I can understand why they do it.  The iPhone is a phone that sells rather well, it is common business to look at what other companies are doing and try to do something similar.

iOS may be great for a lot of people, but it is also extremely closed for others.  A lot of people would much rather have the look of iOS with the functionality of Android and since Apple was just plain not giving people that functionality, that freedom, then Samsung decided to provide to people what they wanted.  And people liked it, and that's why they became the number 1 manufacturer.

So as much as I do dislike some of their design options, I do aprove of the way they are trying to give people what they want.  I also must say I really like the way their newest Samsung Galaxy SIII phone looks.

Apple

I don't see Apple really playing fair here.  Yes, they own these patents, but they are acting like little kids, "MINE!".  I could understand if they were hurting, but they are now the biggest company EVER!  They are not hurting, not even one bit.  They are worth over $600 Billion dollars.  Even if Samsung has to pay them 3 Billion, that is nothing compared to what they have.  Yet they are taking everyone to court all the time.  It is predicted that soon they'll have 1 Trillion dollars and they are still crying about how much money is being "stolen" from them.

The Trial 

The Trial by the way happened in California, which is where Apple is from.  The Jury was composed of people from the area where Apple is from.  So, I don't see how that is very fair.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations on your win Apple.  Uness you change some business practices, I am never buying another Apple product again.  I just hope that the attention this trial got helped some people realize just how full of yourselves you are.