04
May
lawyer

The Galaxy S III is... well... it's ugly. There's really no other way to put it. But why? Why is it ugly? I don't mean aesthetically, why is it ugly, I mean, "How did something like this ever make it out of Samsung's design studio?" I'll tell you how, it was never in the design studio. This phone design was born down the hall, in a room where the door sign reads "Samsung Legal."

It was designed by lawyers.

I can tell just from the press shots, this thing is a Samsung lawyer's dream. I'm sure you must be thinking,"Hmm, that's a weird assumption to make." but don't worry, an explanation is forthcoming. We're going to take a trip, way, way back to the prehistoric times of April 18, 2011: The day Apple claimed ownership of the rectangle.

Remember this? It's Apple's trade dress lawsuit against Samsung. For those that don't remember, or just weren't paying attention: "Trade Dress" is a legal thing, a form of intellectual property, basically a trademark for how a product looks, as opposed to a logo or word. Like a trademark offers protection to the use of a word or the look of a logo, trade dress offers protection on design. Trade dress lets Apple say to Samsung "Your product looks too much like our product; prepare to be sued into oblivion!"

Back in April 2011, Apple's trade dress infringement claims against Samsung went like this:

  • a rectangular product shape with all four corners uniformly rounded;
  • the front surface of the product dominated by a screen surface with black borders;
  • as to the iPhone and iPod touch products, substantial black borders above and below the screen having roughly equal width and narrower black borders on either side of the screen having roughly equal width;
  • as to the iPad product, substantial black borders on all sides being roughly equal in width;
  • a metallic surround framing the perimeter of the top surface;
  • a display of a grid of colorful square icons with uniformly rounded corners; and
  • a bottom row of square icons (the "Springboard") set off from the other icons and that do not change as the other pages of the user interface are viewed.
  • That is basically a list of things you aren't allowed to do. Now, individually, those traits aren't worthy of a lawsuit. It's the combination of those things that will send Apple Legal over to kick down your door. The combination of those attributes got the Galaxy S and SII in legal hot water, so for the S III, Samsung made this list their "Hey, don't do this" design guidelines. That's right, the entire phone design revolves around not pissing off Apple.

    Why should Samsung care about what Apple thinks? Well for one, there's the aforementioned legal goon squad, and for two, Apple is one of Samsung's biggest customers. Not for phones - walking around Apple campus with a Galaxy phone sounds like a good way to get fired - Apple is one of Samsung's biggest customers for components. Samsung makes all sorts of phone and tablet components: CPUs, RAM, flash memory, displays, and more, and they want Apple to buy them - and they do. The iPhone 4, for example, owes about 25% of its component cost to Samsung. Apple sells a lot of phones, so that's a lot of cash in Samsung's pocket. The iPhone/Galaxy battle is a win/win for Samsung, and they would like to keep it that way.

    Which brings us back to the The Phone Designed By Lawyers. Maybe you aren't a believer yet. Well, it's time for some evidence. Let's run down the list of trade dress grievances, shall we?

    A rectangular product shape...

    not-a-rectangle

    Geometry 101: A rectangle is a plane figure with four straight sides and four right angles. I've placed the GSIII inside a rectangle, so you can see how much of a rectangle it is not. Corners are addressed in the next section, so we'll ignore those for now, we're mainly concerned with the sides.

    A rectangle needs to have parallel sides; the GSIII sides aren't straight at all. The outmost part is about 1/3rd of the way down, with serious curves leading to the top and bottom. So it's very much not a rectangle, or a rounded rectangle, or even horizontally symmetrical. It's more of an amorphous blob.

    ...with all four corners uniformly rounded;

    corners

    Nope. The top and bottom corners are not the same shape. Observe the outlines of the top-left and bottom-left corners. Note how they are different.

    The front surface of the product dominated by a screen surface with black borders

    notblack

    Having a giant screen on the front is kind of unavoidable. The only colors available though, are white and dark blue. Neither of those colors are black. The lawyers can sleep easy.

    Substantial black borders above and below the screen having roughly equal width

    GSIIImeasurements

    Apple's use of "roughly" is really obnoxious, but just in case they get into minutia (lawyers love minutia!), the top and bottom borders are not the same size. These to-scale measurements show the top bezel is about 16% smaller than the bottom. Also, they're not black!

    a metallic surround framing the perimeter of the top surface;

    You've got me there. The GSIII has a metallic band around the edge. I guess they just couldn't resist. Like I said earlier, it's not any one item that will get Samsung in trouble, it's the combination of them. A chrome band shouldn't cause too much trouble.

    a display of a grid of colorful square icons with uniformly rounded corners

    not-rounded-icons

    The Galaxy S (left) put colorful, square backgrounds around all of its icons. They stopped with the SII, and that carried over to the SIII.

    a bottom row of square icons (the "Springboard") set off from the other icons and that do not change as the other pages of the user interface are viewed.

    no-dock

    On the Galaxy S I and II, (left and center, respectively) the dock stuck around when you entered the app drawer. On the SIII (right), Samsung Legal deemed the dock must die. It's there when you scroll through home screens, but it goes away when you enter the app drawer.

    So there you have it. A darn-near perfect explanation of the GSIII design. Sure, it's butt ugly, but it's also 100% (well maybe 90%) lawyer approved.  An amorphous, unsymmetrical blob that doesn't come in black, with a non-permanent dock and non-square icons. There's no way Apple can add this design to their Samsung lawsuit.

    So Samsung, was it worth it? Your product won't sell as well, but you won't piss off one of your biggest component customers either. I understand the motivation, but I still feel like you've sold your soul.

    When Apple started patent trolling, they basically admitted they weren't going to win in an open market, and they decided to drag Samsung down with them. The crazy thing is, Samsung is letting them. They've ceded ownership of the rectangle and other common sense design traits to Apple, and did everything they could to bow down to their largest customer.

    The result? A phone designed by lawyers. What a scary precedent.

    Ron Amadeo
    Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
    • João Pedro Santos

      THIS IS SHIT!!!!! PURE SHIT!

    • ashutosh pawar

      Sleek!
      That's a good one indeed.

    • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

      I love android Police. Thank you for another amazing article.

      • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays Mike Garcia

        Exactly. Instead of writing something generic, they went into great depth with this. I can't say that I agree completely with the article, however, but it was exceptionally conceived and written. I don't think the device is ugly, nor do I think Sammy will sell less of the device because of the design - in fact, they will go on to sell more than ever before, because there's lots of other amazing gadgets and features that even my girlfriend, a long opponent of technology (drives me crazy) really enjoyed and will most likely be turning in her SGSII Skyrocket for it, as will I!

        • JohnDoey

          She is not an opponent of technology, she just doesn't like the nerd-focused technology that you like. She is going to require consumer-focused technology like most people. You are making the #1 nerd mistake by inflicting your nerdery on someone who is not a nerd. FAIL. Take her to Apple Store and let her talk to someone there and find her some tech she can use. The people she competes with at work have iPhones. You are not helping her.

          • adam meredith

            i honestly think this guy is just trolling, nobody can think that iphones are as great as this guy thinks

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Designed by lawyers or not, I don't like the S3's design. It's too, um, cute. I have the Nexus, which just owns the S3 in looks, specially when you look at the back of the phone, where the S3 looks ugly as hell specially due to the fingerprint prone plastic. Sorry Samsung, good design, but not as good as my Nexus. Of course, if I had never seen the Nexus (and I'm not supposed to as Samsung aren't releasing it in India, so had to get it unofficially :P), I would've probably liked the S3. but nope, not so good. And why no black model? A full black phone with the super duper blacks of the SAMOLED looks beautiful!

      • Melissa

         They legally can't do black: "Substantial black borders above and below the screen having roughly equal width" , because then Samsung would be infringing on a patent.

    • ScottColbert

      I'm not sure that a company which seems to enjoy tweaking Apple's nose would give a hoot about making sure their design wasn't lawsuit territory. If that were the case, we'd have no physical buttons, let alone the one.

    • SoffMouf

      I couldn't put my finger on it. Thanks for doing that for me.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      I actually thought that part of the reason it looks as ugly as it does is to avoid lawsuits. This article and its points definitely help to reinforce my belief. Great article. But they still could have upgraded the device in other ways, even if they had to make it look like it does. I'm still confounded as to why they didn't at least upgrade the display to a non-pentile one. I already have a pentile display with my original Galaxy S (Verizon Fascinate), I wanted to upgrade to an HD non-pentile display. I likely won't be getting this phone, but we'll see. I'll probably play with it in store to make a final decision.

    • Vivek

      AP has got hands on the phone so they know how it looks and feels , i will reserve the judgement till i have it in my own hands

    • J Rush

      Absolute genius. Ugly as hell, but sheer genius. I can see why Samsung decided to let the legal team design this phone. If I owned a business, I wouldn't want to piss of my biggest customer. But even then I wouldn't conform to their own select standards. Yes, the design is hideous, but at least Samsung won't get shut down for making Apple look like they made it first. Bravo Samsung Legal! Another glorious victory! Hopefully from keeping Apple as a buyer it will assist in the making and production for the GS4, if they'll even call it that. Excellent article.

      • ScottColbert

        So better to make a fugly phone and lose sales due to that, than spending time making something worthwhile-design wise? That makes no sense.

        • BrackLord

          Because you know people buy phones just because of the way they look. Yes, manufacturers make phones to sell it based off the design, not the software or hardware. Go troll somewhere else.

          • Alex

            Wasn't one of the selling points by typical consumers of the original iPhone is its design and how it looks?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      From someone with a little bit of legal knowledge, I can say that while all this kind of stuff is speculation from a legal standpoint, it makes perfect sense. When I began reading the article, I was super skeptical. Afterwards? I'm with Ron - it's pretty damn obvious what Samsung has done here, and even if this phone wasn't "designed by lawyers," it was designed after lawyers told the designers what they couldn't do.

      Also, right before this was published, my reaction to this story can be best summed up as:

      http://i.imgur.com/gRG6L.gif

    • http://twitter.com/sketaful Mikael Guggenheim

      This article is both great and aweful. The way you go through the different parts of the new design is great. It sounds like something that prob is true and at the same time give away some more info about the design that a regular review of the phone might skip.

      On the other hand. The "patent trolling" and comments about ugly design and the hints about how apples lawesuits are just bogus really just leave a bad "fanboism" taste in my mouth.

      I love android and I think apples phones are overrated like hell. I own the GS2 atm and I love the shape it has and all that. BUT, really? Even a child can see that they really did copy the design straight from the Iphone. The GS1 even had identical icons fgs.

      I don't like how apple handles all this, even suing a small café for having an apple as logo (an apple that btw isn't even remotely alike apples), but of course they would not just sit and smile while such obvious design-copy is taking the nr. 1 place on the android side.

      Beside this. The GS3. Is it really so ugly or just something you have to get used to? According to many that tried it it really fits your hand well and the screen is allright. The phones hardware is suppesed to be awesome as well. I'd switch my GS2 for all that loosing the square form and all. Id do it without blinking.

      No. This post just reeks fanboism... Sorry to say, but it does. You need to see the other parts of the world as well I think...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Yes, it's ugly. Maybe it's not as ugly in real life, but for a major flagship that dare I say had the most hyped pre-launch period of all time for Android, it's hugely disappointing. At least to me, and I know I'm not alone. Hell, I'd take most of the fake shells it was seen in over this one.

        • ScottColbert

          I actually think it looks better in the videos I've seen as opposed to the still shots; but still, it's a disappointing design to be sure.

        • http://twitter.com/1ceTr0n 1ceTr0n

           Nobody cares what you think

      • Ron Amadeo

        The site is called ANDROID Police. A little bias on my part is fine.

        • http://twitter.com/sketaful Mikael Guggenheim

          I agree on that.
          I just get annoyed how black and white everything seems to be. People loving apples products are 100% on apples side and people loving Android are 100% on Androids side. Well, the ones you notice atleas.

          I hate how Apple keep suing everyone and everything, but I can also see that Samsung did copy like hell. Trying to justify one side just sounds so wrong to me no matter how much I'd like Samsung to keep pushing out phones with the shapes like GS2.

          I do however wonder why they even have any buttons on the front at all considering that when ICS was launched one of the things about it was the software keys.

    • Marc

      I guess it is the HTC One X for me then.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

      i have to admit... but Samsung just bend over for Apple........ the GS3 has great internal Specs, but is one ugly device...... but it doesn't matter because i don't buy anything that doesnt have the word "Google Nexus' on it........... love the Nexus3 and can't wait for the 4th.....

    • Thebluetick

      err, geometery 101, the sIII is rectangular. What you described is an oblong

      • Ron Amadeo

        I literally googled "define rectangle" and copy/pasted the definition, so take it up with Larry Page, or Websters.

        google.com/search?&q=define+rectangle

    • http://twitter.com/Van_Steel Van Steel

      I was hoping for the ceramic casing, and it is a little glossy, but It's not "ugly" or an "amorphous, unsymmetrical blob". That's a pretty harsh description. And as for the dock disappearing when the app drawer is opened... Who cares? You're obviously not using those icons anyway if you have to go into the app drawer. It's certainly not as nice looking as the One X, but it's not a bad looking phone.

      • cryop

        we were expecting as good or better than the one x... we didn't get that.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      It'll sell just fine. Don't exaggerate. And it's also not that ugly. But I am disappointed by the lack of black into which the screen can blend.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Exactly. I love the SAMOLED blacks so much that my wallpaper is always a full black image on my Nexus (and used to be so even on my Galaxy S). It's too bad that was taken away with the S3. But oh well, gonna wait for the next Nexus to show up. Hopefully it's not the same design as the S3 :/

        • cryop

          hopefully they let htc handle it this time around

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691943709 Jonne Backhaus

      The dock is s on the front page and even on the lockscreen if you enable it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691943709 Jonne Backhaus

        I would think that the lockscreen is worse than the appdrawer

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        No, I think you need to fix that point in your comment. "It's there when you scroll through home screens, but it goes away when you enter the app drawer."

    • crappleHater

      Who the f*ck care what crapple said. This is android, we can do whatever we want

      • His Shadow

        YEAH!

        Just as long as it looks like an Apple product so people don't think it's ugly...

    • man

      One of the worst design, very big screen for phone, non native ics keys, and so on so on
      better to go for galaxy nexus

      • http://twitter.com/TKfromCLE TK

        So 4.65" screen is good, 4.8" is too big?

        • cryop

          i'd say phone size may be too big

    • http://androsym.com Rounak Jain

      So... everything that the other companies are making is something out of the world? Surely, Samsung could have made it look a lot better, without bothering about infringing on Apple's patents, even if they are ridiculous. Even LG does a better job, at times, and even launches rectangular slabs, and Apple won't sue them. I'm beginning to find this 'Samsung designed this phone this way because it didn't want to infringe on Apple's patents' argument pretty ridiculous. The other companies are coming up with better designs than Samsung, and aren't being sued by Apple, at the same time. No reason why Samsung cannot do it.

      But a great explanation, nonetheless.

      • JohnDoey

        Other companies made phones that were obviously derivative of iPhone, but Samsung made a literal copy. They measured the iPhone, its AC adapter, and even its box and copied them all. The reason they did this is that iPhone is the #1 most-desired phone on all of the world's 500 carriers, but iPhone is only available on 250 carriers, because Apple has only been in phones for 5 years. So at the other 250 carriers, people are coming in for iPhone and they are buying Samsung because it is closest. In some cases, not even knowing it is not the original.

        Samsung looks at this as answering customer demand for iPhones. Apple looks at it as counterfeiting. Apple clearly has international law on their side. Only Coke gets to satisfy the demand for Coke. If you want to compete with Coke, you have to at least invent your own product that is Coke-like without being Coke. You can't measure the Coke bottle with lasers and ship Goke in a copy of that bottle and expect to be looked at as anything other than a counterfeiter. Pepsi is competition; Goke is counterfeiting. Samsung made Goke.

        • http://twitter.com/sketaful Mikael Guggenheim

          Coke is ilegal in most countries and usually comes in bags, not bottles :P

    • Smooth918

      Excellent Write up.

    • Oberon

      Yep... I am pretty much confirmed now that I won't go to Samsung this time, then again I didn't go to them last time either. HTC One X for me, better looking, better built, with a better: Non Pentile: HD display with a better UI and a better camera.

      • cryop

        we really need this competition. it's great that at least one android manufacturer is emphasizing quality.

        i'm surprised how samsung screwed up... they're huge! and yet they screwed up. it's like they don't have any competent designers over there

    • Freak4Dell

      Don't worry. Apple will still find something else to sue over.

      It's just too bad the lawyers also didn't take care of the presentation yesterday. That was way too Apple-esque for my tastes. All the "new" software features are also inspired by Apple. S Beam, S Voice, S Thingamabob...come on Samsung, you can do better than that.

      Honestly, though, it's really only the blue version that's ugly. The white one isn't that bad, and that's saying something coming from me, because I hate white phones.

      • http://twitter.com/TKfromCLE TK

        S Voice is obviously an attempt to capture the pro-Siri crowd, but I don't see any (cr)Apple technology that offers anything close to what the GS3 is bringing to the table.

        Tell me again how Apple inspired Smart Stay and Buddy Share with their advanced facial recognition software. Or how influential the iPhone's NFC was in the creation of S-Beam. Don't forget Pop-Up Play and Direct call...I'm pretty sure those were on the iPhone 3G, right?

        • Freak4Dell

          It was pretty evident that I was talking about the names, but I can see how your fanboyism has blinded you to any real logic.

          • Vato_loco1

            and yours as well

          • Alexander Procter

            Which iPhone feature sounds like S Beam?

            • Freak4Dell

              Never mind...forget it. It's my fault for forgetting that the majority of internet users are idiots.

          • cryop

            what? care to explain that one...

    • xhazyx

      i was wondering when people were going to realize that the fugly ass design in the SGIII was due to legal constrains... This is just another way in which the patent/IP bullshit wars are slosing down innovation and getting in the way of evdn better products.
      thanks for a great and thorough article AP!

    • http://jesuiscontentducontent.tumblr.com/ Yod-b

      Great article! You made a point. And today I just bought a One X also because of the design of the Galaxy

    • Sven Enterlein

      Wow, that is a very amazing article, thank you much! So many things that everyday people like me would probably never have thought of. On a different note - I don't even dislike the design that much.

    • Rovex

      I can handle the shape, its the colours that bug me. I hate all white phones and the blue is cheap, nasty and tacky. Truly vile.

      • Jordudeca

        Do any of you get to spend the money Apple is making? If not who cares how much $ they are bringing in. I like the android platform and the fact that manufacturer's give me a choice of what design and UI I like. I like choice. I prefer it over a company telling me that we all have to have the same 1 iPhone.

    • PendingUsername

      Reality 101: 99% consumers give a sh!t to this kind of analysis.

      • JohnDoey

        The reality is that consumers want iPhones, and they are being confused by the clones. My roommate saw someone doing things with an iPhone and he went shopping at Verizon for one and they sold him a 5-inch Android phone with 4G and he HATES it. And it cannot do the things he wanted to do, things which iPhone can do. The Verizon rep told him the Androidnphone can do all the same things as iPhone and more because of 4G and a bigger screen. But he has no music apps, no video apps, very few games, and very few writing tools to choose from. He is shut out from the iPhone experience he has seen around him for 5 years and finally bought into, but a nerd at Verizon took advantage of him instead of helping him and now he has nothing but disappointment. He will suffer with this phone for a year or 18 months and then get an iPhone at Apple Store and he won't go back to generic tech because they ripped him off and made him feel stupid. Thanks Android!

        The whole reason there are trade dress laws is because it is easy to confuse consumers into buying the wrong product. If your product looks like the #1 product, you will accidentally sell a bunch to consumers who want the #1. That is not ethical. There are infinite phone and packaging designs. Copying one that already exists and sells at #1 is a scam on consumers.

        So yes, consumers care about not getting ripped off.

        • Dog

          Iphone is an inferior phone the majority of the time...

          • twilightmoon

            inferior to what? and in what way?

          • You

            Yes. thats why 90% of web usage on Android phones :D

        • Ted

          So, your roommate didn't know what he was buying? Great. So when you go and buy a car, a specific one, you know what it looks like right? How could he be so *stupid* to NOT say "iphone" or "apple" or even have a picture of what he wants, if he's THAT unsure.

        • adam meredith

          im just wondering, what can an iphone do that my one x cant do? ive got music apps, video apps and tons of games to choose from with my tegra 3 chipset making them look beautiful. correct me if im wrong but didnt apple copy android with the pull down notification bar? wasnt apple trying for a patent on wireless charging? my 360 joypad has been doing that for 2 years. im sorry but apple is a joke, they make vague patents then when another company actually makes something decent, apples straight there crying foul. ill be impressed with apple when they start producing ideas which i havnt seen before

          • urpert

            You were doing OK until the last sentence.

          • twilightmoon

            wow.. lol.. is this supposed to be comedy? were you actually serious with this post?

            If you were, what can an iPhone do that Androidx can't do?

            Simple answer: be original. The iPhone came out then Android copied it. I would say very badly, but maybe you'd disagree, which is your right. But don't think your phone would even exist without the iPhone.

            Then the question comes down to: do you reward a true innovator for their work or do you give the money to a knock off artist that has an extra button or feature tacked on to the original idea?

            Many Android fans would prefer the extra button or feature over the original idea and design and true innovation. You would be in this category.

            • Melissa

              Android was in development by a startup for 22 months before Google purchased it in 2005 and continued to expand on it.
              http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2005-08-16/google-buys-android-for-its-mobile-arsenal

              Something else I came across is the name iOS doesn't even belong to apple, they had to license from Cisco because they were already using it as the name of the OS for their routers. Apple can't even come up with an original name for their operating system.
              http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco_and_apple_agreement_on_ios_trademark/

              Apple doesn't believe in innovation, it's either their way or the highway. This is exactly why the patent system needs to be reformed, so crap like this doesn't happen again.
              https://defendinnovation.org/

            • Melissa

              Though for Samsung to blatantly copy the physical design of the iphone wasn't really the best choice, the crap apple is pulling on them now is completely ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with having a phone that is rectangular and black. My current Android is rectangular and black, which I happen to like, but I can obviously tell the phones apart. If a consumer can't tell phones apart they should not be buying one until they can.

              Android phones do innovate, but that innovation is stifled by apple because they only care about dominating the market with a one size fits all approach.

            • twilightmoon

              Given that since 2007, when the iPhone came out, Google turned the once-Blackberry clone Android project into a clone iPhone project, it's hard to take anyone seriously when they say that Android involves innovation. Adding a few features to an existing design isn't really innovation its iteration. The first tank on the battlefield was innovation, allowing the gun torrent to swivel an extra 5 degrees is iteration.

              Android is a copy of innovation with iteration tacked on top, that Android fans like to call innovation.

              You might not like the iPhone but you can't deny that your Android would not exist without it. You'd have a blackberry clone.

        • bondx99

          "The reality is that consumers want iPhones, and they are being confused by the clones."
          "My roommate saw someone doing things with an iPhone and he went shopping at Verizon for one and they sold him a 5-inch Android phone "
          "he has no music apps, no video apps, very few games, and very few writing tools to choose from."

          And the biggest iTroll of the day award goes to... JohnDoey!!!!!
          you had me in splits..do you even read what you post my friend?..Better Post this on 9gag haha

          • normm

            Are you claiming that there are no apps for the iPhone that aren't on Android?  Or that his roommate didn't get confused because he was told the Android phone was the same?  I'm not sure what you're laughing at.

        • AdamOutler

          There is nothing an iPhone can do that an Android cant do. It doesnt work that way. Apple limits their market in favor of profit.

          • The_core2k

            How about get OS updates for up to 2 years?

            • You

              No its three years at least for 3Gs

    • TareG

      I don't think it's "ugly"... it looks just like the Galaxy Nexus, which is quite the handsome phone.

      • cryop

        the front of the galaxy nexus is fine. the back, however, isn't as fine. the from of this phone has this ugly button at the button and extreme curvature towards the corners.

    • brian

      I'm a diehard HTC fanboy- I mean user and I actually like the SIII's design.

    • Alexander Liki

      Are you serious? What a terrible article laden with conclusion jumping and leading personal opinions. First off, the face of the device is hardly any different than the Galaxy Nexus (made by the same company... or did we forget?) and people hailed that as a beautiful device all over the place. Many of these same people who loved the Nexus, are saying this phone is ugly (from various forums and websites I lurk). Is it entirely impossible that they decided to try something different with a rounded device over the boring rectangular slate many other companies are also embracing? I guess trying something new would be ludicrous. Also, why is getting rid of that annoying dock 'trying to please Apple'? No Vanilla version of Android has ever carried over their static bottom dock buttons in to the app drawer. But, I suppose it doesn't make any sense that Samsung wanted to closer resemble Google's AOSP ICS app drawer layout as opposed to changing it out of fear of Apple. That just wouldn't make any sense, would it? With all the hate I've noticed, I think Samsung fell victim to it's own hype machine. The 'shrouded in secrecy' marketing campaign let everyone's imagination run wild... then, because it didn't include 'that cappuccino maker' people were expecting, they're raging and tearing apart every aspect of the thing like it is some tremendous flop. Are people really so jaded today that they can't appreciate how solid this device is?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623838494 Sangram Takmoge

         wow man, hitting the nail right on its head.

    • CaseDesign

      Physical design issues are moot with most new phone entries these days. Protective cases will cover the back and sides, and start incorporating stands and other features.

    • soops

      I disagree. The SGS3 is not ugly. In fact, it breaks away from convention, which is refreshing and different. People hate different, but if you want to break away from the "sheep" mentality, you need a device with the same attitude.

      • Anon

        For me the GS3 is ugly and lacks the use of "premium materials", something good looking that broke away convention was the iPhone 4 (when it was presented). Don't get me wrong I don't like iOS and I won't buy an iPhone, I love my GS2 and really loved the feeling of my old Captivate with all the aluminium, but I was really waiting for something better for the GS3.

        • rony

          gs3 is not ugly. someone not like it and someone does. thats why you have pretty woman and your neighbour ugly. and he thinks the same just opposite way. ;)

          or you guys own patient for design ?

          • cryop

            the galaxy s iii is a number of things. ugly in my perspective, not ugly in yours i guess. looking at the phone in its entirety ( the back, front, and sides), i can safely say samsung screwed up and made a phone that is not something i'd call pretty.

          • pilwip

            I'm sorry, no. It is ugly. Or worse still, just bland.

        • BrandoHD

          Since when is glass a "premium material", the iPhone 4 may be good looking which is "subjective" but is is definitely not a good device to hold, the edges of the premium rubbing my palms glass annoys me, this is also subjective, but I know this.

      • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan

        The SGS 3 feels like a throwback to the chrome plated era of featurephones. Where anything metallic isn't really metallic and glossy phones are the norm. My number one disappointment with Samsung isn't so much the use of plastic, its the way they used it. There are a lot of ways to make plastic look and feel premium and they don't even need to go the unibody route.

        • JohnDoey

          It is a throwback to when Samsung and others deigned thir own phones. You can see why they like to copy Apple.

        • http://www.facebook.com/kestertaylor Christopher Taylor

          Absolutely. Take the Nokia N9, or the HTC One X.

        • Nitin

          I have owned the Samsung Galaxy S and also the SII and i dont think there is much wrong with the plastic body. I've heard people go on and on about how they don't like it but wouldnt you frankly want a phone that functions great? If you are still planning to overlook the GS3 just because it has a plastic body then i find that quite appalling.

          • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan

            I have a Galaxy S II and I I think its amazing. If you've read and understood my comment, you will see that I have nothing against plastic but I do have a beef with how Samsung decided to use plastic on the S III. For one its glossy and for a premium phone, it will definitely look cheap. A glossy finish doesn't hide scratches and smudges very well. That metallic/chrome-plated frame is another disappointment. It's also plastic and know what happens to that kind of finish? It peels off. A premium phone should age well with abuse and those two elements don't really help matters. There are a lot of great plastic phones that still feels premium, the One X, the Galaxy S II, the Xperia S, the N9 and the Lumia 800. They're all plastic but the way their respective manufacturers dealt with the materials used makes their device feel better in the hands and without cases, they're gorgeous and will be able to hold up well to normal abuse.

      • thatguy

        Glad Samsung decided to take the iPhone off the copy machine. It's time to blaze your own path Samsung, heck, if Microsoft can do it, anyone can.

      • cryop

        the curved design with the that oblonged home button just does not look good to me. and then when you flip the phone over the camera/camera setup is just disgusting. this is of course based on images. in person i might change my mind but the the way they did the plastic this time around doesn't seem like an improvement. they should've made the back more like the galaxy note. that looked good.

        • http://www.swift2.blogspot.com Swift2

          See? You thought it was good-looking when it was like the iPhone. No coincidence. But lazy. A lot of people are reacting negatively to this phone. Well, let Samsung hire Jonny Ive. Or some other fantastic designer. And unleash something original.

          • http://twitter.com/bdcsee bd see

            you are an idiot, everyone thinks that Jessica Alba looks amazing and nobody is attracted to Susan Boyle, humans like specific physical attributes, being able to patent what everyone is pre-disposed to like is stupid.

            We like symmetry and we like angles, but only if they are just right, there is a reason we design EVERYTHING that way.

            • twilightmoon

              Okay, I'll bite. Show me 1 product that could be mistaken for an iPhone that was produced before 1997. The handset industry has been around since the 1980s, so it should not be hard if it was so obvious.

            • cozzie

              Then why wasn't it designed that way before Apple did it?

            • http://natanael.posterous.com/ Natanael L

              Why before 1997? Maybe you like cherrypicking, considering that there's ALWAYS stuff designers and architects want to do that current tech CAN NOT yet do.

      • RedFred

        I'm with Nee Austin and soops on this one. I've owned every iPhone, including my current 4S, and I like what samsung has done with this phone. it *is* symmetrical - the author is wrong with that conclusion - and I like the fact that you might be able to easily tell the difference between the top and bottom edges of the phone by touch, without looking at it - something not all that easy with the iPhone. The GS3 looks good too, and I hope that physically it'll be nice to hold and use. I wish they could have made the icons better somehow, but if it runs ICS and beyond properly, I expect it will sell very well. iPhone needs a strong competitor that isn't a copycat device, and it looks like the GS3 might just do it.

      • Craig Rathbone

        I agree, I kind of like it because it looks a bit different than anything else out there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kestertaylor Christopher Taylor

        I don't really think it's breaking convention in any significant way. It's not taking all its design cues from the iPhone anymore, but it certainly seems to have embraced the plasticky cheapness of the pre-iPhone years.

        • RRichter

          I don't agree with Christopher Taylor. "Plastic" is not bad at all, it depends on how it is used. The rear of SII is a hightech synthetic material with carbon fibre wich makes it flexible, durable and - best of all - lightweight. I don't want a kind of brick in my pockets. SIII is glossy - so what? We will see, how it looks like and stands the reality test. Nevertheless the rear ist same kind of carbon fibre "plastic".

          • krazyfrog

            You obviously have no idea what carbon fiber really is.

          • urpert

            No, it's just thin plastic.

            • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.saltoncardinali Lucas Salton Cardinali

              Go with your Glass iPhone and let it fall to see the results

            • urpert

              I'd rather just keep it in my hand, thanks. Appreciate your concern though.

          • twilightmoon

            You do realize all plastic is made from petroleum based synthetic carbon based compounds? They are all "carbon fibre", that's just a fancy way to say plastic.

            • http://natanael.posterous.com/ Natanael L

              No, the difference lies in the *fibre* part.

    • http://twitter.com/zk0sn1 Nee Austin

      This article may be true in the technical sense, but in the design sense this commentary is not necessarily true.

      If Samsung actually set out designing a phone with a goal to be great, original, and design-innovative, they can do that naturally and not run afoul Apple's trade dress patent. With your commentary you are basically agreeing that iphones are the gold standard and that it's not possible to have a great, original, non-iphone, design. I disagree.

      There's absolutely nothing wrong with a phone that does not look like an iphone.

      • JohnDoey

        It is a fact fom the court case that a VP from Samsung's component side broke their contract with Apple and leaked iPhone details to Samsung's phone side. It is a fact that Apple designed the original Galaxy phones. There is no question about it. Yiu don't accidentally make a product that matches the #1 leading product in 20 different dimensions.

        • RedOne

          Not to mention that there's a history of copycat design from the auto industry in Korea. This article is interesting, though. It quasi-tries to poke Apple, but ends up saying that if they can't copy, Samsung only can design ugly phones. If that's isn't admission that the Galaxy S was a full on copy then I don't know what is! People bought the Galaxy because it looked like an iPhone and they heard they can get more free apps on android. I heard so many apologetic replies from people who said... it's basically just like an iPhone, but I got it for free!

        • Walterbyrd

          Can you Cite you source for these facts?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Asif-Seraz/100002293009498 Asif Seraz

           Apple designs its competitors phone. Are you fucking kidding me :/

      • Jesus

        yep, you're right.
        to be honest, i think the GS2 was the "butt ugly" one out of these 3 with it's stupid chocolate bar shape. 3 looks better, although not really "good". im ok with the sides but the top and bottom of the phone are too rounded. still, only gay people care how the phone looks when you should be concerned with how the phone works.

        • vastaman

          idiot bigot

        • Bradtigas03

           I agree! some of the people specially the below average IQ use only their eyes they are contended or satisfied only in the outside beauty!
          for them beauty is their desire!
          BEAUTY is nothing if your not SMART!!!

          • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

            Dude, give it a rest. NOBODY is saying the S3 is not smart.

            Some people are just of the opinion that the S3 doesn't look good. What's wrong with them expressing their opinion?

            We're all Android fans here. Don't make us look bad. Seriously.

            • Bradtigas03

               @Marcus Lee I din't say any Phone name! I only emphasize "SOME PEOPLE LOVE OUTSIDE BEAUTY"

      • krazyfrog

        Exactly. Take the One X or the Lumia 900 for example. Great looking phones that look nothing like the iPhone. Samsung's design team is just lazy and this article's attempt to justify it is lazier.

        • Kamil Zabiegała

          If Lumia 900 is great looking phone for you, go better to oculist. Please, do it.

          • TxSteelersFan

            I'm en route...

        • reneemjones

          You two talk like you actually think Apple's patent should be considered valid. It boggles my mind that anyone would think the government should be using tax dollars to defend monopolies on such stupid, trivial design details. Wake up!

          • Cozzie

            The government does't spend a penny on it. These are two gigantic companies battling here, not the government.

            • https://plus.google.com/100377063879167673730/posts?hl=en Jordan Fritzsche

              In what realm do you think the matter is handled? Who does the officiating? The US courts and US judges. The patent game is a multi million dollar game and numerous courts must approve or disapprove the fate of certain company's products, therefore an enormous amount of tax dollars goes toward supporting these ridiculous decisions on how a phone can and cannot be built. Don't be naive, the government spends plenty in these regards and even if the companies each paid for the running of the courts, which would obviously be completely unethical, there is an opportunity cost here and the government shouldn't be wasting its time on childish claims like company's claiming the rights to certain shapes in their designs.

          • Anon

            Agreed ツ

        • yarrellray

          This is JUST plain silly. Look at the iphone rather it be iphone 4 or iphone 4s who really cares. They both offer nothing of any real sustance. Icons on a screen with no funcationality and a closed eco system where apple controls what you download or can even have on the device. It's plain and simple android users understand the word ''operating system'' they know what a flashing a rom is or what a custom kernal does. I can't help but laugh at all the people who are CLUELESS walking around with that tiny little 3.5 inch screen. Technology changes every 3 to 6months does apple offer any of those changes or course not. 4G devices have been out since 2010 when the EVO 4G landed on Sprint does apple even have a 4g devices yet ?? of course not. What will the iphone 5 be???..Nothing more than an incremental update with LTE finally why because if it's not Verizon and At&t will KICK it off their network and apple know's that so finally yes the iphone 5 will be LTE. Take a good look at the technology landscape people the BEST DEVICES on the market today is the GALAXY NOTE, GALAXY NEXUS, GALAXY S2 and now the GALAXY S3 and the funniest part is the iphone 4s or upcoming iphone 5 doesn't even compare to any of these devices. The iphone caters to DWEEBS who feel the need to look kool and need to be told how to use their devices while android caters to people who actually understand technology and have the guts to explore their actual devices and make the changes they feel they need to make on their personal devices. Open source and GOOGLE simply BITCH SLAPS anything apple all night long...

          • http://twitter.com/EssTee3 Ess Tee

            Nice rant that has nothing to do with the article. People like the iPhone, that's why they buy it, it looks like you are the clueless one. Stop making Android users look bad.

            • Me262

              In the past the complaint was that Samsung only made black slabs. Samsung broke the mold and made something beautiful.

              Now Apple is left with their little slabs all bt themselves.

          • squiddy20

            "while android caters to people who actually understand technology" Oh you mean like yourself? Riiiight. Cause you definitely "understand technology". I remember on Phandroid when you told many people, including myself, that the processor in the Sensation was inferior to the *same exact one* found in your "legendary" Ev0 3D. I remember when you told me Sprint had simultaneous voice and data while on a call, something that has never been true and probably won't be for several more months/years. I remember when you told me rooting was for "2plus year old devices" despite a huge modding/hacking community behind your (then) Evo 4G. I remember when you were spewing crap about how the Evo 3D would be "Sprint's flagship device well into 2012", and it's not even available on Sprint's online store anymore, less than a year after it was released. Please, you know absolutely nothing about technology except what you parrot from other people.
            "because if it's not Verizon and At&t will KICK it off their network" That's so utterly, ridiculously wrong, I don't even need to point out why. You really know nothing Dick.
            "they know what a flashing a rom is or what a custom kernal does" Obviously you don't since it's spelled "kernel", and for the past year, you've been saying how you were "looking into", "researching", or "thinking about" rooting first your Evo 3D, and now your "pimp slapping" Galaxy Nexus. What a joke.

          • CORYK333

            Just bc you can follow step by step directions to flash a ROM doesnt make you "tech savy", it means you can read & follow directions. You're not the only Android user that is like this, head over to Droid Life & look at the 100+ comments from cats just like you screaming to the heavens "OMG ROOTED GNEX FTW". 99.9% of them (and you) wouldnt know what to do with a line of code if your life depended on it, but insist on thinking bc you got an Android device over an iPhone you are Linus Torvalds version 2. There is nothing wrong with not knowing the real ins & outs of code/tech/cpu/etc.... bc its extremly advanced stuff, but please step off your high horse just bc you installed a rainbow theme on your Android device bc it's not that difficult. Sorry, rant over

            • feteru

              I would have to agree with this. I have a highly rooted Optimus S that will soon be traded out for a One X, as well as an HP Touchpad running ICS, and yet I still couldn't program if my life depended on it. Ultimately, phone choice comes down to personal preference. My dad picked an iPhone because he isn't very tech literate, and also doesn't want to spend hours customizing like I have done. Sure, he still uses the EVO he got from his work, but he prefers the iPhone because he doesn't need better specifications or a bigger screen, or a more open operating system. Ultimately, personal preference is the only thing that should be taken into play when choosing a mobile phone.

            • Colton Walker

              What annoys me is just because people can code it makes them think they're more tech-savvy than anyone else who doesn't. If you can code, that means you generally understand the software side of things fiarly well - but what about hardware? What about the interaction between the two? What about general, broad knowledge of computing and knowing the ins-and-outs of how different operating systems behave in different circumstances?

              Not to offend coders in any way, I've always wanted to learn programming ;) I just never got around to it!

          • angel841

            Moron. And the new ipad? Its 4g lte. Look beyond your shitty "clopen" specs devices.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYIKCHFURJ4JZ3S4MBLYVLGQFI KJ

            "Technology changes every 3 to 6months does apple offer any of those changes or course not." 

            That's why ICS is so damn popular, I guess. Android = WINNING!

          • Rhys Williams

            For want of a 'dislike' button..

            • squiddy20

              Which is odd since there are a few other implementations of Disqus out there and some of them have up/downrating...

          • http://twitter.com/Trickster_qc Yannick Wolfe

             what a useless rant.....  First of all, it's not true that all android users know what custom kernel and/or flashing roms ares. Like most iphone user don't know what jailbreaking is.

            Also, Ipĥone users are not walking around clueless with their small screen. They are walking around with a screen that has a better resolution then any android phone to date...and it was launched almost 2 years ago. Some enjoy smaller screens, some enjoy bigger screens. It's just like cars.

            And now I'm tired of arguing against your pointless comments.

            You sir are full of yourself and you probably don't even know half of what you pretend to.

            • sigh….

              Yes it was a useless rant, but your's is almost as pointless, and your only point is factually inaccurate....

              Better resolution than any android phone to date? Maybe when it was launched, but now the sony xperia s has a resolution well above apple's "retina display"...
              iphone 4s = 326 DPI (960x460, 3.5inch)sony xperia s = 341 DPI (1280x720, 4.3inch)

              Thus ends my even more pointless rant.

            • http://twitter.com/RobertB12227334 Robert Brown

              iPhone doesn't have a better resolution than any Android phone... There is a very big different between screen resolution and pixel density. A 50 inch 1080p TV has the same screen resolution as a 32 inch 1080p TV. The 32 inch has a much higher pixel density. Does that make it better?

          • m3kw

            Hey smart guy!  A smart phone is suppose to do everything for you, so you don't have to be a super smart guy to operate a phone.  Hence a SMART PHONE.  Android phones need people that knows how to "Flash a ROM' to make it work good.  WTF type of smart phone is that?

            • DrewNusser

              I agree that his rant was pointless, but you definitely don't NEED to flash a new ROM to make it work well.  Android is the most capable OS out there out of the box.  It's cool that you can flash though.  I have a lot of fun with it.

          • Jimmyhat

            What a complete tool

          • jl05xi

            My cousin who has a Nexus doesn't even know how to download apps. And this is no exaggeration because she had to ask me (iOS user) on how to work her phone.

            Trust me, there are just as much "kool" people on Android as there are on iOS.

        • cozappz

          They are not lazy, they learned the design lessons in the VW Academia. Just look at VW Golf, nothing changed dramatically between the generations and still it sells like hotcakes (maybe not in US but everywhere else it is)

        • Bradtigas03

          Hello anybody here?  where is the SGS3 haters???  where are you? all I can say is Take it, Just take it, take it!   Take it the King Phone of our era! the Samsung Galaxy S3!

          • Disqusting

            Erm. (Timidly raising my hand in the back of the class.) I'm a S3 (and now S4) hater. And I don't even own a single Apple product (except the OS that I dual boot my PC with, which I didn't buy from Apple).

      • Boyceavenue2578

        from Bradtigas03"Some of the people specially the below average IQ use only their eyes they are contended or satisfied only in the outside beauty!for them beauty is their desire!BEAUTY is nothing if your not SMART!!!"

        I agree to you Bradtigas03maybe some people buy phone for showing
        purposes only, maybe to show to other that their phone is like a Top
        Model, and Maybe they din't know how to use the entire application their
        phone and simply for showing purposes!

        • Bradtigas03

           For those who unlike SGS3 - Sorry to all of you! Because Samsung Company revealed their SMARTEST PHONE creation the SAMSUNG GALAXY S3.  Weather you like it or not Samsung Company makes History in the world of SMART PHONE!  and once again Sorry to all of you that the king phone is born again that is SAMSUNG GALAXY S3!!!

          Quadrant Standard Benchmark Score:

          Samsung Galaxy S3 - 5324 Points
          HTC One X - 4996 Points
          IPhone 4S - never mind

          Thats means Samsung Galaxy S3 is the King Phone of our era!

          • CORYK333

            Can I please have the few seconds of my life back that i wasted reading your comment??

            • http://www.facebook.com/dorin.andrei Dorin Andrei Iovan

              you are indeed wasting your life reading through all these posts, so true... you should just shut up... you probably don't even know what a benchmark is or does...
              There's two categories of people buying smartphones : those that buy them for what they CAN DO and those who buy them for their looks, appearance and to simply show off or be trendy...
              Too bad that smartness isn't something you can buy along with a smartphone... and this is obviously your case too.

            • CORYK333

              So bc the clown I replied to made an incoherent post, I'm not smart & don't know what a benchmark is?? Ooook then, how you came up with that asinine statement is beyond me, but my other post on this article most likely applies to you to. Look for it, read it, deny it applies to you, then go back to the circus u clown.

            • Bradtigas03

              For your information
              Samsung has received 9 million pre-orders from more than 100
              international carriers for its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy
              S3, Korea Economic Daily reports.

              Samsung’s smartphone factory in South Korea is running at full
              capacity, which is 5 million units per month, according to the same
              report.

              This is more good news for Samsung, which became the
              world’s biggest phone maker
              in Q1 2012.

              The company is also the undisputed king of the Android
              market: Its smartphone sales represent about 40% of all Android-based
              smartphone sales worldwide.

      • rofiq

        I think, it's a good thing that samsung tried to do that. 

        Maybe someday, samsung will make a new phone, unique one, unlike iphone, and globally accepted...

        Isn't that the interesting part of technology advancement? Innovation, creativity, etc, etc, etc.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dorin.andrei Dorin Andrei Iovan

          "Maybe someday, samsung will make a new phone, unique one, unlike iphone, and globally accepted..."
          they just did that ... :D

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RQOYWNTWW4STWFJFRR55SX5I4E MoUq

        Latest E7 Lite for the Android 2.3 Smart Phone, Prices are more reasonable! Qualityassurance is more! It to do better than with other types of products!  http://dok.do/PsNonK

      • Reyalmazon08

        For me this phone is beautiful, I have a phone but this phone is far advance and I look it in different angle this phone is trully beautiful. The siplicity of this face it gave me more attractive for me th most!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ozgur.zeren Ozgur Zeren

        oh yeah, you can indeed evade using something that is 'rectangle with rounded corners'. what's next, claiming the rights to color blue ? 

      • Reyalmazon08

        Samsung has received 9 million pre-orders from more than 100
        international carriers for its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy
        S3, Korea Economic Daily reports.

        Samsung’s smartphone factory in South Korea is running at full
        capacity, which is 5 million units per month, according to the same
        report.

        This is more good news for Samsung, which became the world’s biggest phone maker
        in Q1 2012.

        The company is also the undisputed king of the Android
        market: Its smartphone sales represent about 40% of all Android-based
        smartphone sales worldwide.
         

    • Androline

      Personally, I love the SIII's design and colors. Black isn't necessary, as well as symmetry. I have the SII's and I 'd rather this one.

    • Zaatour36

      very interesting :herpderp:

    • jebactvojihsnova

      I think its just how industry works.
      If you want to gain market shares fast, you have to make you products recognizable,
      It have to look just a little bit like the "big thing" on the market.
      Samsung copied apple, and now other companies is coping Samsung: Huwei ascend d quad looks just like gs2, and nearly every version of lg optimus looks like gs2. Now when samsung have all the new costumers they can afford to make its own design, and they did with sgs3.

      (sorry for may bad english)

    • Brad Kalinoski

      Well, so basically, apple is winning. Lawyers are winning. The only thing that can change this patent trolling is to get more fanboys, to buy Android products, hell at this point, getting them to buy windows products would make me happy. Apple, I use to consider, but now, not in a fracking million years will I buy an apple product. Innovation, now in the hands of lawyers and patent trollers. But I have hope, that apple will loose its ability to keep and find new followers. If you look at the latest articles from NY times and other sources, you see that analyst say its a matter of time that Apple will start to loose its appeal.

      • cryop

        honestly, i don't mind apples position in the tech world. so long as they keeping setting the bar higher and forcing evolution in our phones/tech i'm happy. if weren't for the original iPhone i couldn't imagine how bad our phones would be today....

      • Melissa

         We need patent reform to help cut down on all this crap.
        https://defendinnovation.org/

    • http://www.facebook.com/abetsi Albert Rabuyo

      It looks like an overgrown budget phone. Galaxy (not-so?)Mini?

    • fixxmyhead

      i buy a phone based on whats under the hood NOT for design and this phone is gonna make a killing in sales. as long as sammy keeps making galaxy s phones im gonna keep buying them

      • cryop

        that seems a bit unreasonable. you'd buy a really ugly, fat, and inconvenient phone so long as it had the best specs? probably not, right? we all have to balance aesthetics with specs, not take one or the other.

        • fixxmyhead

          samsung doesnt make fat high end bricks. whatever design they choose is fine with me.i notice im swimming in a pool of htc fanboys

    • MarkC77

      Slightly related question - what was the result of the case that Apple bought on Samsung, or is it still underway ?

    • Lox_knc

      It definitely is a sexy phone to me. The materials used are the issue

    • sonyvegas

      I think S3 is very ugly...its not about originality but about fail of samsung...i have sgs2 and i love that design...i tought i change it for another generation of samsung but surely not for this...it has bigger screen but it has same gpu as s2 and quadcore, right?
      so samsung galaxy note for me this time...

      • cryop

        the gpu is clocked upped by 50%, leading to 50% gains in performance. the screen is bigger(more batt drain?), but it's only superamoled hd pentile edition. the HOX has the best display/screen on the market right now

        • sonyvegas

          yes maybe...but tell me someone one thing why i should go for s3, and not for something like htc one x with tegra 3...i think htc is winner this time but because i like samsung it will be note...

    • vs8

      Awesome read.

      The GS3 is the biggest let down of the year. Samsung tried going the dickhead way with their own crappy presentation a la Apple to show a plastic blob that doesn't offer anything new or drool worthy.

      The second biggest let down will be the iPhone 5. :P

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      I don't find it ugly, sorry. It surely isn't pretty, but I will take it over the S2 or the original Galaxy S no matter what (they ARE UGLY, IMO.) May be it's because it seems to borrow some design elements from the Galaxy Nexus, which I like.

      • cryop

        i love options. HTC ONE X is a yes

    • rabs

      WORK OF A GENIUS!!! I FEEL THAT GSIII IS AWESOME IN TERMS OF DESIGN!!!

    • bL4Ck

      i think you guys are exaggerating things, even the Galaxy Nexus is like that and no one complained, i can't see a single post about the gnexus being fugly because "the borders are asymmetrical", "there's no dock bar in the app drawer", "the upper and lower bezel are different" etc. The GNexus is identical, same exact design, just with a different back cover.

      stay classy andpolice.

      • ga_st

        i would complain even because it's really similar to the gnex. the point is that yes,it's not ugly because of the mere design itself(even because anybody has its own taste soo..),it's ugly because the dress doesn't feel to be on the same level of the hw and of the brand itself. long story short: sammy= here we show you our last wonder,the ultimate game changer..ladies&gentlemen,the galaxy SIII! lady= that still looks like plastic,doesn't it? gentleman= wait,wha..? fffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!11!!1!

      • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

        Actually, it's really *not* like the GNex.

        Yes, they have similar dimensions (physical measurements), but the S3 has angles and curves that are much more accentuated so as to make it look very different.

        This is how I think of each: the GNex looks like the S2's bigger, cooler, meaner brother; on the other hand the S3 is the S2's rounder, chubbier and clumsier (and much much shiny-er) sister.

        Yup, I said it - I think the S3 has a feminine shape. The GNex clearly doesn't.

        • bL4Ck

          it's not like but they're are very similar, in fact as you can see from this image http://i.imgur.com/YeFaA.jpg they're practically the same phone with the S3 appearing much more "gentle" thanks to the colour and the accentuated lower section curves.
          Yes, in the end the S3 looks much more "feminine" than the GNexus, but probably because of the colour choices.
          Anyway i'm skipping this iteration and probably wait for the next Nexus, hoping it has an SDCard reader, but until then i'll continue to use my S2 since it still has a lot of power and reflects more what i want from an android phone in design and technology.

          • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

            I don't think it's the colour choices that make the S3 look feminine, as you say. The "pebble blue" S3 has a faux metallic finish (which usually makes devices look more masculine), but it still looks feminine.

            For me it's purely the curves - especially the S3's almost convex front, compared to the GNex's concave one.

            I'm exactly in the same boat as you. I'll hold on to my S2 until the next Nexus. Hopefully Google doesn't screw it up!

    • ga_st

      i perfectly agree with Ron Amadeo,i was thinking about these exact same things yesterday. to me looked like that samsung played the victim and let apple win over this thing,but..and there's a but,i also think that they took this as a challenge,like: ok apple says that we copy their design and don't innovate? ok let's do something that they can't legally attack and let's add sh+tload of new "exciting" software features. but at least on the design side,unfortunately,they failed miserably. at the end of it all the thing i can't really stand is that apple reached their childish goal: the new galaxy,"the real and only iphone killer ever",it's..ugly. it's a fact. would i be in samsung position,despite the commercial partnership,i'd fight apple into oblivion and i'd keep releasing rectangular classy devices. one does not simply trademarks the rectangle. period.

      • ga_st

        and when i say it's "ugly" i don't mean that is..ugly. it's a nice phone,but it's ugly compared to what had to really be the "proper" SIII. to make it clear: the galaxy s 3 has the wrong dress. not an high-class dress.

    • Dustin Simpson

      shitty article...

    • http://twitter.com/ChrisSylvester Chris Sylvester

      Boohoohoo. Apple made a great design and Samsung aren't allowed to copy it. If you want a phone that looks like an iPhone and has an iPhone interface, buy a freaking iPhone and quit your crying.

      • Samuel Hart

        And that's why I didn't. Mostly because I don't want a phone that looks like an Iphone, but partly because of people like you.

        • JohnDoey

          You don't like people who state the obvious?

          All phones look like iPhones now. Buying a copy of an iPhone makes you less original than an iPhone buyer, not more original.

      • anamika

        You do realize iPhone copied its design from LG

        • twilightmoon

          Love to see the pre 1997 LG phone that had a full screen multi-touch display, a fully functioning browser, html style email, and allowed easy sync to your music and video library. Where could I buy this in December 1996?

          • joe

            Apple have always copied their design from the past. e.g.

            http://gizmodo.com/343641/1960s-braun-products-hold-the-secrets-to-apples-future 

            • twilightmoon

              That was an interesting post Joe and frankly I'm not shocked to see Apple influenced by clean classical elegant design, however that would be influence more than copy.

              Take the iPod example. Apple took a white rectangle with a circle at the bottom and a square up top and completely repurposed them and made everything have a completely different function. Changing context and meaning is as much the essence of design as changing aesthetics.

              Samsung copied both the external appearance and on purpose, but they copied the context as well. There's a pretty big gap between influenced by and completely copying. Samsung copied,

    • TareG

      This doesn't look like the Galaxy Nexus. This IS the Galaxy Nexus design (sans the curved screen). I think the problem here is that people everywhere where expecting something completely out of this Earth, design-wise. Which is quite warranted given the stupid hype Samsung created. I was expecting a flexible phone, to be completely honest.

      • cryop

        they seriously should've revealed this phone at MWC, taken a few hits for poor design, and then redesigned with consumer input. oh well... the HOX is sexy

    • normm

      I like this design. I think it's perfectly fine for Apple to want Samsung phones to not be mistaken for iPhones, and it's also perfectly fine for Samsung to oblige them.

      • Samuel Hart

        I think it's fine that apple don't want phone [xyz] to be mistaken for the Iphone, but it won't be. No phone will be. Trademarking rectangles is silly.
        They also trademarked an "uncluttered appearance" to the front of the phone. That's beyond silly.

        • urpert

          How quickly people forget what smartphones were like in 2007.

        • normm

          I mistake Samsung phones for iPhones all the time.  You have to look pretty close to see whether someone's using one or the other.

    • gregmaletic

      >"...I still feel like you've sold your soul."

      Samsung's soul? You mean Apple's soul, right? Samsung didn't have a soul before. Now at least they're heading in their own direction.

      • JohnDoey

        You have to not even understand what Samsung is to think they had a soul. Their first business model was "copy Sony but cheaper." They are a giant headless cartel that eats a competitor's product and poops out a copy. They accidentally used actual iPhone icons in marketing rather than their own poor copies.

        And yes, it is stupid to think that making your counterfeit product 1% more original to fool lawyers is selling your soul. What a sad soul that must be.

        • twilightmoon

          They have the soul of a Xerox... no wait.. a generic brand copy machine. Xerox actually created something original.

          • You

            some people never understand. Apple bought the tech of Xerox. Not copied. Its decades and still people dont understand. plz wiki

            • twilightmoon

              I never said Apple copied Xerox. Xerox was able to monetize its research by allowing Apple to take the risk and Xerox got Pre IPO shares, cheap.

      • Ron Amadeo

        Yeah, you're right. It's not like Samsung was the bastion of great design before this or anything. They sold what little soul they had.

      • RRichter

        Well, gregmaletic, I think you never tried to understand what deep kind of personal identification Samsung has to the people of Southkorea. Thats also the reason, why people don't understand Samsungs appeal to nature with their sounds and looklike. It's very Asian and has at least as much "soul" as Apple has.

    • David K.

      "When Apple started patent trolling, they basically admitted they weren't going to win in an open market"

      You had a really interesting article up until this point. Really? Apple isn't goign to win in an open market? Have you SEEN the market share and sales numbers? The iPhone is absolutely winning (definitely so in the U.S.) iPhones are the number one selling phones on all three carriers that have them (VZ, ATT, SPRINT) and the lionshare of market profits are going to Apple.

      Also you'll note that Apple didn't take this same approach with the other Android device makers like Motorola or HTC. Why? Because their phones weren't blatant copies of Apple's.

      Its fine to like or not like Apple, same with Android, but if you are going to want people to consider your opinion as anything more than one sided puffery you should stick to accurate information and reasonable critique. Saying Apple can't win in the market is simply not supported by the facts.

      • http://twitter.com/hi_endian hi-endian

        I'm going to have to agree with David K. How exactly is Apple not already winning in an open market? If anything, Apple already has won; and their patent suits are simply to protect their position. According to Asymco, Apple obtained 73% of operating profits, Samsung 26% and HTC 1%: http://www.asymco.com/2012/05/03/the-phone-market-in-2012-a-tale-of-two-disruptions/

        • JohnDoey

          And Apple has been in phones for only 5 years — Samsung has been in phones for 20. Apple is the underdog, the upstart, the innovator here. Samsung saw Apple winning and turned their phone business into an iPhone cloning operation in self-defense. They are surviving on the fact that they are available on 500 carriers and Apple is only on 250. So 75% of industry profits went to Apple for iPhone, and 24% of industry profits went to Samsung for iPhone clones because those users could not choose iPhone get. When Apple is available on the other half of the world's networks, the market for iPhone clones will be much smaller.

          So the idea that Apple did not already win is insane. Selling to only half the market, they put Palm, Motorola, and LG totally out of the phone business, crippled RIM, turned Samsung into an Apple counterfeiter, and took all of the last 5 years of growth in phones and almost all the profits from that time. They are just getting started.

          • orthorim

            Yeah Apple is winning - and so is Samsung, providing 25% of the value in iPhones, and probably even more in iPads.

            Somehow I don't think this is good for competition... let's hope HTC recovers which is doubtful because they just can't' get themselves to design a beautiful home screen.

            • http://www.facebook.com/kestertaylor Christopher Taylor

              Just to be fair, HTC doesn't need as much "recovery" as taking home 1% of the phone industry profits implies. They're a company built on slim margins, and there are lots of profits (in total dollars) to be had in the phone industry.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terrin-Bell/690507487 Terrin Bell

              The problem HTC has is it doesn't control its own destiny. It relies on software made by another company. It is just one company amongst many that essentially sell the same product.

              Honestly, Windows Phone is more innovative than Android.

            • twilightmoon

              I would rather have seen Palm not go splat than see a number of Asian iPhone cloners use Android to piggyback on the iPhone's success. At least in that case it would have been a vertically integrated solution provided by a company that was innovative.

              If Palm had lived we might have seen some true competition to the iPhone. Instead we have Android.It's too bad that the only viable competition to the iPhone is produced by hardware manufacturers all located in Asia, based on an operating system produced by Google who has zero respect for privacy, end users, or the law, and sees phones as another way to shovel more Ads into our faces, and scam as much personal data about us in the process as humanly possible.

          • KarlWa

            Don't forget Nokia and Sony Ericsson, too.

            • Melissa

               Nokia is a Finnish company, not Asian. Sony Ericsson became Sony Mobile as of Feb. 2012.

        • spydie

          You apple fanboys need to start haunting apple forums and stay the hell off android forums until you can get your facts straight. Android is outselling apple 3 to 1 by daily activation figures. Apple is trying to play catch-up

          • Everything

            By "activation figures" you mean the surveys they take instead of counting actual sales numbers. Anything Android can do to skew the numbers in their favor. I have both an Android and an iPhone in our household and the Android is a piece of cr@p. I hate it. It's cheaply made, poorly supported and the software/OS blows. There, I said it.
            If you don't agree, you have your head in the sand or you haven't used an iPhone. I can say this because I use both.

            • AdamOutler

              You get what you pay for in an open market. Buy a Samsung.

            • DrewNusser

              Put down the G1.  Get something new to compare.  I have both too, and as far as features go, the iPhone is lagging incredibly far behind what Android offers.  The iPhone is pretty though, until you drop it once, that is.

          • twilightmoon

            Apple is not trying to play catch up. That's a myth that has been spread around by Android and Google fans, but has no basis in reality. Apple has rarely played for pure volume. The one example where they have is the iPod. Even there, they only slowly worked their way down to the lower price points, and it took them years.

            Look at their Macs, premium products and premium prices. iPhone is something of an anomaly because of carrier subsidies, but they clearly have not made any significant effort to design a product that addresses the large volume of unsubsidized phones sold in the world especially in large volumes in Asia. iPads benefit from the massive scale that they built up with the iPod and iPhone that allowed them to keep the prices down at aggressive levels. But don't expect to see them release a $200 (a la Kindle Fire) iPad soon. Not going to happen.

            In short, Apple is not Walmart. They do not seek to sell products at razor thin margins and make it up on volume. They sell premium products to consumers who see the value in the products that they make and are willing to pay the difference.

            All the chest thumping about market share aside, Apple has come into the handset industry with no experience making phones, and in less than 5 years has completely turned the industry upside down on its head in a way that no other company in the history of cell phones going back to the 1980s has been able to do.

            Apple is exactly where they want to be, Android may be around for a long time, but don't expect to see a lot of name branded Android phones produced by anyone other than Google and Samsung. I predict it will be seen as the discounted no-name-brand bargain basement alternative to the iPhone for people who can't afford the original. I really doubt it will continue to be sold as any kind of premium product in volume.

            The fact that most Android handset makers are going splat should make that very clear.

            • AdamOutler

              Actually, they are.. theyre a few years behind and every new feature on iOS5 was a feature on Android 2.1 with the exception of the siri app... thats something that took 2 guys 8 hours to make for Android.

            • twilightmoon

              Adam, There are plant of features that Apple does not cover in their devices. The typical response is that these are "missing features" and that Apple is "catching up" or "milking its fan base". The truth is design is a series of choices.

              Case in point, a removable battery. I am glad that the iPhone does not have one because there are major advantages to integrated battery, but they are not immediately obvious to everyone who thinks it is a design flaw.

              From the standpoint of people who appreciate elegance and user focused design, Android will never catch up to the iPhone because it is designed by engineers by a company whose values are based around advertising and their real customers are advertisers. Fluid UI, consistency, fragmentation of the platform, carriers adding extra un-removable bloat.. the list goes on. Sure Android might stuff in a feature that allows Google and Android fans to mark off a check list, but it will not do so in a user-pleasing fashion that makes people happy users of the platform and loyal.

              So, sure, there were features that were on the checklist of Android 2.1, but if you sat two people down in front of the iPhone 4s and and Android running stock 2.1, and lets say they are not Apple fans or Android fans, just a regular uninterested person who wants a smart phone, and it won't be close.

              Maybe with ICS Google is catching up somewhat on the fluid UI, but there's still the problem of who is making this OS: Google. They don't care about end users, they see them as "food" for their real customers, the advertisers. This is a fact that will never get better, and is the main reason I am very sad that Android is the #2 OS behind iOS. I wish it was Palm, or even MS, not Google.

          • http://twitter.com/hi_endian hi-endian

            Before you start spewing off about how I'm an Apple fanboy, maybe you should learn the difference between profit and activation figures. Idiot.

      • Jim S

        It is true that the iPhone is the single most popular *individual* phone, but... Android is the most popular platform, far outnumbering iOS on all devices. Sure, there are more iPhones than Galaxy S series, but there aren't more iPhones than Android phones total. Just wanted to set the facts straight.

        • Jeff

          @f68788f57ccad603f9461f9a030f8e77:disqus - Since ATT, Verizon, and Sprint all sold more iPhones than Android phones last quarter, whatever numerical advantage Android has may not survive the next 2-year contract cycle...

        • JohnDoey

          Just not true.

          iOS has always always always outsold Android. iOS started selling in 2007 and always kept its lead. It is not just on iPhone, it is also on iPod touch, and also on iPad.

          Android is not even the most popular mobile open source project. That is Apple WebKit, which is on every phone except Microsoft's roughly 3 million.

          Further, Android is not a consumer platform. Galaxy may be a consumer platform, but Android is not. There are apps that only run on Galaxy. There are Android apps that don't run on Galaxy.

          So you ignored iOS unit sales and Android fragmentation. Thise are maybe the 2 biggest stories in mobile over the past 4-5 years. You can't ignore them and get any good conclusions.

          • Craig Rathbone

            There's apps that don't run on anything but the 4s too, whats your point?

            Android is at OVER 51% of the smartphone market now, and Samsung sold the most mobile phone handsets last quarter.

            You are living in 2010 with your tiny piece of junk, we've all moved on.

            Relax guy, you'll get an ulcer.

          • http://twitter.com/r3drox Fred

            Lol. You sir are living in the past!

            • foljs

              And you are leaving in the future, where Android outsells simply by offering cheapo models, free with contract to buyers that could care less about smartphones.

              That 80-90% of US mobile web traffic comes from iPhones, is telling. Tech savvy users, that care about mobile web and smartphone capabilities, use iOS by majority.

            • http://natanael.posterous.com/ Natanael L

              foljs: I can not even grasp how somebody that care about capabilities would pick iPhone first...

            • normm

              @JohnDoey:disqus is right.  Every quarter and every year since its debut, if you include all iOS devices they have outsold all Android devices.  In the latest quarter, Android sales are behind even just on smartphone sales alone on every carrier that carries both, and that has reported its numbers.

          • SeanSu

            Uh...Webkit was started as a fork of KHTML...

            • foljs

              So? After that hundreds of thousands of lines of code were added, including all the cool HTML5 capabilities, and several invented by Apple first (like Canvas, CSS animations, etc).

              You wouldn't use the old KHTML code for anything -- it was a primitive rendering engine used only in KDE's Konqueror circa 2000, what it had going for it was that it was in good shape to base a full-featured rendering engine on, whereas Mozilla's at the time was a mess.

            • SeanSu

              Used only in KDE's Konquerer? If adoption is your argument, look at Safari... again it's part of the open source movement. Over time of course thousands of lines of code will be added, it's only natural.
              Arguably, Google Chrome has added far more to Webkit by now.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terrin-Bell/690507487 Terrin Bell

              It also was open source allowing Apple to build on it.

        • His Shadow

          Android is not a platform. Many of these "Android" phones don't qualify as Android by Google's standards. Many if not most of these phones are selling two year old non-upgradeable OSes. Unlike every iOS device, every Android phone does not and in some cases cannot plug into a vast ecosystem developed to work seamlessly with the device. Many of these Android phones are little more than the abandonware feature phones of the past, and do nothing to increase the net value of the putative Android platform except as a another head to count in the meaningless Android market share claim.

      • shaydin

        Speaking of market research, Android just took the market with 51% market share. With that being the majority, it's hard for your argument to hold any water.

        Source:
        http://www.slashgear.com/comscore-pumps-android-to-51-market-share-01225500/

        • JohnDoey

          Your Android-leading numbers are from incentive-based market research. Of 13,000 users who clicked on an ad to get a free laptop or whatever, 51% also bought an Android phone last quarter. The numbers that Apple sold most phones are direct from carrier sales reporting. Of the people who bought phones on AT&T/Verizon/Sprint (80% of the market) more than 51% bought iPhones last quarter.

          Since iPhone debuted on each major US network, it has outsold all other phones on that network. 5 years at AT&T, 2 years at Verizon, 6 months at Sprint. It is not mathematically possible for Android to have led in sales in US last quarter.

          Worldwide, Apple is only on half the carriers as Samsung/Android. Take Apple's sales and double them for a picture of the real demand. As Apple adds carriers, it will be hard for clients to survive because the original Apple products are so cheap and getting cheaper. There is no room under iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, or iPod touch 8GB for lower-priced competitive products. Just like with iPod, the future for everyone other than Apple is niche products like a phone that goes underwater or is disposable.

          • http://www.chrisdpratt.com Chris Pratt

            The iPhone is the number one selling handset at the three carriers that have it (actually number 2 as well for the older model), but there's hundreds of Android devices. So, while none of them individually outsells the iPhone, together they do. Still, Apple controls a ridiculous amount of the actual mobile revenue, so while Android does indeed have market share in the bag, I'm sure they'd all trade that in a second for Apple's position of minority share and majority profits.

            However, I do agree with your original premise. There's no patent trolling here. Samsung blatantly and wholesale copied Apple even down to the dock connector and the friggin packaging. I generally respect and admire Samsung products. Anything I can't get with an Apple logo has a Samsung logo instead. But, with mobile they dropped the ball or rather punted it, choosing to duplicate a successful product(s) rather than create their own. While this first attempt at individuality is misguided, I'm still pleased to see them at least starting to truly differentiate themselves from Apple.

            • http://www.facebook.com/kestertaylor Christopher Taylor

              The data that's been reported by the carriers isn't, 'iPhone is the number one seller.' It's, 'iPhones make up the majority of our sales.'

            • Doh!

              Dude, guess what that means!!! If one product makes up the majority of sales by itself then it must be the number one seller. That's middle school math.

            • madjo

              That depends whether you use platforms(Ios vs Android) or phone models (Iphone vs One X vs Samsung Galaxy vs LG something or other vs etc) to base your statistics on.

              If you look at platforms, Android is outselling Ios.

            • urpert

              Incorrect.

              As a platform (your words), iOS is outselling Android.

            • normm

              @7fe1ebbae31a69b5a3ff0f0b8055c063:disqus The point is that iPhone is not only the number one seller, but it outsells all other smartphones on those carriers combined!  That's different than just being the number one seller.

          • http://www.chrisdpratt.com Chris Pratt

            The iPhone is the number one selling handset at the three carriers that have it (actually number 2 as well for the older model), but there's hundreds of Android devices. So, while none of them individually outsells the iPhone, together they do. Still, Apple controls a ridiculous amount of the actual mobile revenue, so while Android does indeed have market share in the bag, I'm sure they'd all trade that in a second for Apple's position of minority share and majority profits.

            However, I do agree with your original premise. There's no patent trolling here. Samsung blatantly and wholesale copied Apple even down to the dock connector and the friggin packaging. I generally respect and admire Samsung products. Anything I can't get with an Apple logo has a Samsung logo instead. But, with mobile they dropped the ball or rather punted it, choosing to duplicate a successful product(s) rather than create their own. While this first attempt at individuality is misguided, I'm still pleased to see them at least starting to truly differentiate themselves from Apple.

          • Matt F

            People have a choice of carriers.In the case of the iPhone in particular, the choice of phone dictates the choice of carrier. So people who want an iPhone will generally choose (where the choice is available) a carrier that *has* the iPhone.

            With that in mind, it's probable that there is significant untapped market for the iPhone (for example. when AT&T had exclusivity some people hated AT&T more than they loved Apple, and thus had to wait for exclusivity to end) but it seems totally unwarranted to simply assume that demand will double.

            Frankly, all this arguing is ignoring a serious battleground--probably the deciding battleground: the prepaid market. By some figures, 29% of smartphones sold last year were prepaid. And that market is growing at a phenomenal rate. There, Android has a serious advantage because you can get a brand new reasonably functional phone for under $200 **without a subsidy**. And let's face it, big subsidies are the iPhone's lifeblood. Lacking that, it will be very hard for Apple to competitively price even an older iPhone.

            Doubtless, they'll still have a presence. I understand that a certain large retailer will in the near future begin selling prepaid SIM cards that have the potential to work with the iPhone. But the expectation is that those iPhones will be sold used in venues like EBay. Apple won't see a dime of that action.

            • twilightmoon

              The prepaid market is one which Apple does not currently product a competitive product. The iPhone is designed ground up to be a subsidized product. Whether Apple will chose to address this in the future remains to be seen, but going in 5 years, so far nothing.

              But who knows why the future holds. Maybe when Apple is able to make more than they can sell, and there is no short or long term issues with supply chain constraints it will make sense for them to product a product to fill this gap, but in the mean time Android as you say has a distinct advantage. Apple may not seek to change this fact and may be willing to cede this market.

          • Oh yeah

            this carrier exclusivity bullshit you have going there on the USA doesn't not apply to most countries.

            • Fdfds

              There is no carrier exclusivity in the US.

        • KarlWa

          And yet Android only took about 1/4 of the profit share.

          You notice that only one Android handset maker at a time seems able to carry momentum and make a profit - it used to be HTC (remember those days?), then they started losing money and Samsung took their place. Motorola haven't made stable profits in years, neither has LG or Sony Ericsson.

          It seems to mirror the nexus phones, as Google seem to pick the major Android manufacturer du jour, even though the nexus phones typically aren't major commercial successes.

          It's a weird market, because the stress of competing With Apple is twisting the dynamics. You can sell a lot of phones and make miniscule (if any) money doing it. I'm worried the smaller, unprofitable companies will drop out and leave it basically all to Samaung (and maybe Google/Moto).

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terrin-Bell/690507487 Terrin Bell

          If you would have actually bothered to read the article you provided you would come to understand the 51 percent ESTIMATE includes all phones, smartphones and other non-smart phones. Apple only competes in the high end market so the ratio is meaningless because it doesn't tell us how many Android smartphones make up the mix.

          Moreover, as another pointed out pure market share isn't the be all. Apple is making 75 percent of the profit.

        • tomandyourmom

          Herp derp

      • anamika

        iPhone market is around 3%*. Its a big FLOP.

        * in India :) where people buy phones not through subsidy

        • orthorim

          India is odd - I think the iPhone is hard to get there, and also super expensive.

          Here in Thailand there's no subsidy either but everyone who can afford one has an iPhone. And that's a surprisingly large number of people. Go to any night club and ALL the kids have iPhones. Android and BB are there too but comparatively very rare.

          • http://www.facebook.com/DKWORLD9 Dileep Kadavarath

            iphone costs around the same as a galaxy s2 or a note in india, still people favour sami, coz being a highly populated country, its hard to get recognized with an i**** and its basic user interface. being a proud indian, i like complexity, infact i love it. i want my phone to be as customizable as possible. i dont want to wake up every morning and use the same old interface over and over again...

            and yeah, iphones are good for kids, bt i can tie my own shoe lace ;)

            • foljs

              """coz being a highly populated country, its hard to get recognized with an i****

              You buy phones to get recognized? Might as well cultivate a mustache...

              """"being a proud indian, i like complexity, infact i love it."""

              OK, the conversation can stop here.

            • Bleakvision

              What are you so proud of? That people in India treat each other like shit?

            • http://profiles.google.com/hafeezur Hafeezur Rahman

              "being a proud indian, i like complexity, infact i love it."
              I am indian too, but find that statement quite strange.

        • foljs

          Yes, but also in India the majority of people can not afford an iPhone -- Android comes in much cheaper models. If you combined all the equal-price-as-iPhone smartphones, what would the iPhone's share of that market be?

          • bondx99

            1001

        • Mssangol

          Apple has 73% of total smartphone profits. A BIG flop.

          • Elllroy

            Nope, apple has 73% of the profits of ALL phones sold. Not only smartphones.

          • DrewNusser

            Yay, they charge more for lesser hardware!  Apple win!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terrin-Bell/690507487 Terrin Bell

          Considering 90 percent of the population lives in poverty that really shouldn't' be surprising. They should stop having babies and eventually more of the population could effort fancy phones.

          • bondx99

            "
            Considering 90 percent of the population lives in poverty" lol 1000th-person-met-today-who-thinks-india-is-country-of-snakecharmers.

            • Bleakvision

              Well, India is also known for it's newly rich class which is hopelessly out of touch.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Asif-Seraz/100002293009498 Asif Seraz

             India should go for population control so that the rest of them could afford fancy phones --- How progressive and intelligent.
            I hope your country followed this example in order for you to own a smart-phone.

      • http://twitter.com/r3drox Fred

        lol. iphone market share is so low in my country i think ipads outnumber them. (Wi-Fi)
        You do know Apple mean to be successful worldwide and not just the U.S right?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terrin-Bell/690507487 Terrin Bell

        Agreed. Moreover, the author is distorting the definition of a patent troll. A patent troll is a party who owns patents, builds nothing, lets others build things, and then appears from nowhere to sue the company making actual products. A patent troll essentially makes its money by suing over patents.

        Apple 1) clearly makes its own products, and 2) unlike Microsoft, is suing to obtain injunctions to prevent Samsung from copying Apple's designs, not for a license. Apple doesn't make it's money from patent lawsuits. Moreover, Steve Jobs made it clear before the first iPhone ever shipped that Apple patented the hell out of it and would protect the design.

        Finally, Apple has always been a company that differentiated itself in the market by innovative product design. While PCs manufactures were churning out beige boxes, Apple under Jobs started selling hardware by pushing the borders of industrial design. It's model of business it to sell innovative hardware designs that stand out. Clearly, it doesn't want others like Samsung copying something that Apple put a lot of effort into creating. It is far cheaper and anti-competitive to merely copy the designs of another company.

        • NotAFanBoi

          the author says Apple apparently owns a rectangle. And sues the competitor trying to use it. that's not patent trolling?

          • pat555

            No, it's not, and the premise is not even true. You'll note that immediately after claiming that, the author backpedaled rather quickly with "Now, individually, those traits are worthy of a lawsuit. It's the combination of those things...".

            Apple holds a patent on a specific design of a phone, which includes among its many provisions one use of a rectangular shape. Porsche holds patents on a specific design of car, which includes its overall shape, as well. Design patents are not new.

            Patent trolling, as Terrin pointed out, is a very specific term, and describes behavior which is almost exactly the opposite of what Apple does. Patent trolls own nothing but patents, produce no products, and operate purely by buying patents, for example, while Apple clearly has its own design teams, and builds and sells products by the million using the concepts they've patented.

            Here's a quick test to decide if a company is a patent troll: if the patent system ceased to exist, would it shrivel up and die, from not having any way to make money? Apple would clearly still sell millions of iPhones. They are not dependent on patent suits for revenue.

            What exactly are you against? The patent system in its entirely? Design patents? Or just Apple?

            It's fair to be against the patent system, but it's not fair to call someone a "patent troll" simply for using the system to their advantage.

          • twilightmoon

            It's not patent trolling, because that's not what Apple is doing.

            Further you have no clue what a patent troll is, or you would not have even asked that question.

            • AdamOutler

              What apple was doing can only be referred to as trolling.

            • twilightmoon

              Adam, that is purely the standpoint of someone who does not respect Apple as an original innovator, and thinks that a half-copy with a few extra "features" is true innovation. Said another way, you likely have never gone through the hard work of creating or designing anything original, and therefore cannot respect the hard work and sacrifice that goes into it.

              Apple created a product that we maybe see a few times in our life, a product that redefined an entire 25+ year old industry. Others came along and copied Apple's hard work without adding much back into the mix. Nothing Apple does to protect their hard work is trolling. When you come up with a category defining innovation and others come along and rip you off and add a few extra "features" onto your work and you lose out on money, you will understand.

              I doubt you will ever be in that position, however, and I doubt you will ever respect anyone who is.

            • Melissa

              What apple is doing is patent trolling, maybe not directly but they sure are contributing to it.
              http://venturebeat.com/2011/12/10/apples-patents-digitude-innovations/

        • Tom Londy

          Uh, Android is definitely winning as far as Market Share goes. Apple just makes more money as far as individual companies go.

          He's not saying Apple makes money from the lawsuits, he's saying that
          they are so afraid of any real competition that they want to stifle it
          by suing the competition into losing.

          Apple hasn't innovated in product design since the first iPhone. Every
          product since then has only been a slight adjustment from that product.
          Slightly different looking iPhone, slightly faster, giant iPod touch.
          These are not innovations.

          I'm not taking away Apple's achievements. They've come up with an
          incredible plan to squeeze money out of people that need to have the
          latest "new thing". So, congratulations to them on that. They've learned how to drain money out of people with too much to waste.

          • http://twitter.com/lxcid Stan Chang Khin Boon

            You call it squeeze money out of people. I call that maintaining the product line.

            Just looks at how much phones have ICS? Less than 5% after more than 6 months.
            http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions.html

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history#Ice_Cream_Sandwich_4.0.x

            And on the side of iOS, even the 3GS have iOS 5.1, a phone nearly 3 years old.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_3GS

            Wait, I though Apple is trying to squeeze money out of people? Why is a 3 years old phone on iOS 5.1?

            • DrewNusser

              Just look at how many iOS devices have Siri, you know, the one thing that Apple is hitting hardest on with their new OS.

            • Tony Dolbec

              If by "Maintaining a product line?" you mean "only innovating exactly as much as needed to keep the yokels coming back every year+ for a phone with a few slight improvements", then maybe. Otherwise, what a joke. 

              AS to ICS, it has been 6 months since the source code for what is essentially a beta, running on only one phone was released.  You can compare this to the iOS beta cycles, which are available only to developers, because the Galaxy Nexus IS a developer phone.  It may be available to anyone to buy, but you do not need to pay Google/Samsung money to develop software for android, so anyone can buy it, and make software for it.

              The 3gs has iOS 5.1 because the 3 year old 3GS has enough power to run it, because the newest iPhones haven't become 3 years more powerful.  AN android phone from 3 years ago(you know, 3 years ago, when android hardware was only SLIGHTLY superior to iPhone hardware) is so hardware inferior to ones released today that trying to run ICS on it would be like running windows Vista on a 386 with a gig of ram.  Apple also didn't want to let iPhone 3g users upgrade to iOS 4.0 when it came out 2 years later, claiming it wasn't powerful enough to support "springboard backgrounds" even though jailbroken 3g had been using them (and multitasking, and theming) since iOS 2.0. 

              As a side note, and only slightly related to the topic, there is a version of android 2.3 running on iPhone 3g, runs pretty well for not having a gpu driver...

              Not that any of this fanboy back and forth is related to the topic at hand, but I had to point out that you, Sir are wrong, and I cannot allow such things as wrongness on my internet.

          • twilightmoon

            "he's saying that they are so afraid of any real competition that"

            Blatantly copying another company's products, is not "real competition". Whether those designs are protected by trade dress, and design patents, copying is a form of theft of someone else's hard work, not dissimilar to copying someone else's work during an exam, or copying someone else's term paper. Some cultures do not look down on such copying, much of Asia seems to practically worship such copying.

            The type of real competition that really benefits consumers is when companies come up with their own ideas, and have their own designs.

            More importantly, humanity as a whole benefits the most when the most innovative people and companies are rewarded for their hard work and creativity, and that reward does not get handed to a discount copycat.

            If you want to argue Samsung is innovative, and not copying, go ahead. Prove your point, I'd love to see that argument made and validated.

            • Boyceavenue2578

              I agree to you!!! - consumers is the real beneficiary of this competition!!! and I really really like this event the most!!! for me if you are the best SMART PHONE MAKERS nothing can surpass to your performance! Updating, Innovation, Marketing Strategy etc.
              I Like the most is the:   Innovation, Performance, rather than outside beauty!

            • DrewNusser

              Come on now - Apple needed to doctor those photos to even make it seem like Samsung was copying them.  Even better, photos emerged of a Samsung product made years before the iPad was made that looked exactly like the Samsung tablet.  If anybody was copying, it was Apple.  Here ya go: 
              http://www.engadget.com/2006/03/09/samsung-digital-picture-frame-stores-pics-movies-music/

              Sure, they were different product types, but using that argument would be like saying that someone could completely copy an iMac, make it a TV, and then sue Apple for copying them when they make one of their own.

            • twilightmoon

              DrewNusser,
              I did some research and found that your "doctored photos" is actually a single photo, submitted in a brief looking for an injunction against the Galaxy Tab in Germany. In that same brief they have other photos and technical information giving the correct demotions of the product. Your argument therefore is seriously flawed if that's the basis of your counter point.

              As far as "copying" the picture frame, that is also a weak argument, here's an article going into detail about that.
              http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2011/08/23/samsungs-digital-picture-frame-was-no-ipad/

              Apple did not sue Samsung for copying one single aspect of the iPhone or iPad but many. The many different aspects of copying were not a mistake, they were a calculated and intentional effort to make a highly similar product to Apple's patented designs to capitalize on Apple's hard work at original designs and marketing efforts. Apple negotiated with them for a long time without success to get them to come up with their own product designs and Samsung chose to continue copying.

      • Guess wot…

        Don t confuse profitabilty over shipment/activation... At the moment Samsung ALONE beat the crap Apple on sells lately. Per OS, Android beat the crap out iOs/wp7 per daily device activation... Apple still the most profitable....

        • normm

          On every carrier on which it's available, iPhone sales beat all other smartphones combined.  In the US, even though it's only available on three carriers, iPhone sales last quarter beat all other smartphones combined (based on the carrier's reported sales figures).  Worldwide, iPhone is currently only available on about half of the carriers, but that's changing.

        • normm

          On every carrier on which it's available, iPhone sales beat all other smartphones combined.  In the US, even though it's only available on three carriers, iPhone sales last quarter beat all other smartphones combined (based on the carrier's reported sales figures).  Worldwide, iPhone is currently only available on about half of the carriers, but that's changing.

        • normm

          On every carrier on which it's available, iPhone sales beat all other smartphones combined.  In the US, even though it's only available on three carriers, iPhone sales last quarter beat all other smartphones combined (based on the carrier's reported sales figures).  Worldwide, iPhone is currently only available on about half of the carriers, but that's changing.

      • DrewNusser

        If you want pro-Apple articles, you probably ought to look elsewhere.  This site is called Android Police.  Just sayin...

    • Erik

      I don't understand the point of this article. Are you implying it's better for Samsung to throw ignore the legal issues and risk getting sued?

    • Bala

      I wont say this design is ugly, its kinda good in front . the color atleast they should have chosen grey base!!

    • FightON

      apple is messed up, it itself does not have anything original. Everything they do is already implemented and copied but thing they know to say "its awesome". They are like parasites and consuming others intelectual marvel and look here suing because they are scared.

      • His Shadow

        yeah. Nothing original. Except, you know, the entire smartphone industry model as it now stands. Yep. Just the same as always.

    • mduran1023

      Thanks for the great post Ron. I couldn't quite figure out why I didn't like the SIII, but you helped me figure it out: its weird oval-ish shape.

      I've always preferred Androids wih sleek rectangular looks (which is why I had the G2x for a while), and why I like Samsung phones less and less.

    • Chromeronin

      Build and Durability - I look at most phones that are approaching 2 years old. The plastic is worn, the screens are scratched, the sockets are getting loose, the battery cover on some keep coming off.
      My old iphone 3G is still looking as good as the day I bought it, and is still in constant use by my wife. My iPhone4 is the same, but I did replace the backpanel with Aluminium, but the rest is original and still looking fine. These are the first phones I've had that have lasted this long, and I use them MORE than i did with previous phones (but I make and take fewer calls thanks to messaging, emails, socail networks etc)

    • NetscapePizza

      "When Apple started patent trolling, they basically admitted they weren't going to win in an open market"

      HAHAHA you mean the market they created? Remember the "Smartphone Market" pre-iPhone… could it even be called a market when you compare it to smartphone usage now

    • JohnDoey

      You are so wrong in every way. The previous Galaxy phones were not designed, they were simply counterfeited. There is no Samsung work to pritect there. The new one is not made by lawyers, it is the first one Samsung actually had to do some design work if their own on. The fact they did so little is still sad.

      Further, Apple cannot be a patent troll since they are the leading phone vendor with the most popular product. Patent trolls are also-rans who sue successful companies like Apple. Apple did not copy iPhone from somewhere else. That is what Samsung did. What's more, Apple WON on the open market. Everywhere a user can choose an iPhone, it outsells all other smartphones. Last quarter, more than half the smartphones sold in the US were iPhones.

      The way you can see you are wrong is that there would be no pressure for Samsung to change for a patent troll, because they don't make billions of dollars in component sales from patent trolls every quarter. Former employees of Samsung have testified that a vice president on the component side shared Apple inside information with the phone maker side, which they had agreed not to do. So we not only know Samsung did not design Galaxy, they just copied it. Your insane defense of Samsung's legal and moral right to their copied phone design and disregard for Apple's legal right to their original phone design is truly sad. Isn't there anything unique about Galaxy? It is so unoriginal it has to look like an iPhone? You think it has a right to confuse consumers by looking like an iPhone?

    • JohnDoey

      You are so wrong in every way. The previous Galaxy phones were not designed, they were simply counterfeited. There is no Samsung work to pritect there. The new one is not made by lawyers, it is the first one Samsung actually had to do some design work if their own on. The fact they did so little is still sad.

      Further, Apple cannot be a patent troll since they are the leading phone vendor with the most popular product. Patent trolls are also-rans who sue successful companies like Apple. Apple did not copy iPhone from somewhere else. That is what Samsung did. What's more, Apple WON on the open market. Everywhere a user can choose an iPhone, it outsells all other smartphones. Last quarter, more than half the smartphones sold in the US were iPhones.

      The way you can see you are wrong is that there would be no pressure for Samsung to change for a patent troll, because they don't make billions of dollars in component sales from patent trolls every quarter. Former employees of Samsung have testified that a vice president on the component side shared Apple inside information with the phone maker side, which they had agreed not to do. So we not only know Samsung did not design Galaxy, they just copied it. Your insane defense of Samsung's legal and moral right to their copied phone design and disregard for Apple's legal right to their original phone design is truly sad. Isn't there anything unique about Galaxy? It is so unoriginal it has to look like an iPhone? You think it has a right to confuse consumers by looking like an iPhone?

    • JohnDoey

      > Having a giant screen on the front is kind of
      > unavoidable.

      Yet Samsung managed to avoid that for 20 years of phones, including smartphones. Then in 2008 or so there is suddenly no avoiding it. And even after that, they couldn't be bothered to come up with their own shape!!! Even the Galaxy AC adapter was millimeter by millimeter the same! And you think Apple is the unethical one!?

      Nit to mention Android's problems with just wholesale ripping other people off. Truly sad.

      • simulacraa

        You're right. Samsung should've used a triangle instead.

    • thatguy

      "When Apple started patent trolling, they basically admitted they weren't going to win in an open market"

      Obviously, the author of this article does not know what a patent troll is...

      From the wikipedia: "Patent troll is a term used for a person or company who buys and enforces patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered aggressive or opportunistic with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention."

      How is Apple suing Samsung for blatantly copying the iPhone (note: a device currently manufactured and sold by Apple) patent trolling? Hint, it's not. THIS is the reason that we have a patent system, so when you come up with a great idea, people can't freely copy it.

      • JohnDoey

        This is Android Police. The definitions of "patent troll" and "counterfeiter" and "platform" and "fragmentation" and even "mobile OS unit sales leader" are all inconvenient truths here. Here, Java was invented by Google, iPhone by Samsung, you only count phones when counting mobile OS unit sales, you use surveys and estimates instead of actual handset units sold reporting, and Apple has never invented or made anything. Here, the most popular mobile open source project is not Apple WebKit. Also, Google is not majority Mac and Andy Rubin definitely did not work at Apple on the Newton team in the early 1990's making an ARM handheld computer with apps. That just did not happen. And Google was always going to do multitouch with Android, they just didn't do anything from 2003-2008 because they were tired from other stuff. They were getting around to it. It was not that they copied iPhone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vivek.gounder Vivek Gounder

          Not an android fan but well umm, the most popular opensource project? What are the parameters of being popular? Being used by? Or number of contributions?

          One word linux...

        • urpert

          Amazing. Well played.

        • krazyfrog

          Too bad I can just give you one upvote for that.

    • http://twitter.com/BrazenRain BrazenRain

      All the lawyer-safety of the Galaxy Nexus and more, minus the beauty of the Galaxy Nexus.

    • J.R.

      Its like a gigantic palm pre. People think its ugly, I say a smooth pebble feels better in the hands than a flagstone.

    • watesh

      BAM!!!BOOM!BOOM!BOOM! u hit the nail on the head.... I didn't like the design either

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.saltoncardinali Lucas Salton Cardinali

      Although the post makes sense, why an phone that doesnt looks like an iphone is automatically classified as ugly? every time you launch a new version of something, you try to inovate, to make it better than the previous one... Google is trying, with ice cream sandwich and the coming versions of android to make its interface diverge from iOS to a more unique one as did Microsoft, but some times its just a matter of preference, the iphone has a good design, but its pretty the same thing since the original, it doesnt change its looking, it dont inovate too much, and thats whats samsung is trying to do, to do something more unique and more samsung-ish than copying it... the "lawyer" thing is just another motivation to them to change...

      • urpert

        It's a good argument. The problem is, nobody is calling the One X or Lumia 800 ugly.

    • Maximillian Frenky Tan

      Well what you expect? Galaxy S III is combined all three, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus. Plus void from Apple fingerprinted.

    • Maximillian Frenky Tan

      Well what you expect? Galaxy S III is combined all three, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus. Plus void from Apple fingerprinted.

    • orthorim

      Dude - this is really scary.

      What you are saying is: Samsung is not competing with Apple, rather the two companies are splitting 99% of mobile profits between them.

    • jeff3yan

      Ok so the lawyers definitely had a say in the design and look of the phone and this phone looks nothing like an iPhone now.

      Now they can just release these in their Samsung retail stores with their new S Cloud service and S Voice assistant.

      Now all Google needs to do is to release Google Sky and unify the Amazon Cloud service, S Cloud, LG's Cloud and their own Drive.

    • jeff3yan

      Ok so the lawyers definitely had a say in the design and look of the phone and this phone looks nothing like an iPhone now.

      Now they can just release these in their Samsung retail stores with their new S Cloud service and S Voice assistant.

      Now all Google needs to do is to release Google Sky and unify the Amazon Cloud service, S Cloud, LG's Cloud and their own Drive.

    • JohnM

      My 11 year old daughter looked over my shoulder while I was reading this article and asked, "Why are you looking at pictures of fake iPhones?". A truly perceptive an unfiltered assessment.

    • frethunter

      You have to love the "Apple" trollers who come onto an Android site and tout about their product. If it was so great, you wouldn't have to build it up. Just saying!

      • GiggityGoldStar

        Is it love you have for the thief when he steals your car?

    • WhyNotAskMe

      Well I don't think they had all that much choice.

    • http://www.swift2.blogspot.com Swift2

      Why is protecting patents, copyrights and trademarks "trolling"? Some are, no doubt, particularly when held passively by a company that buys them up from some company and waits to sue. Their model is clear: not to make anything, just to ambush people who do. But Apple developed a distinct phone of their own. Why should they step back and let everyone else copy? Why do you think that's a "free market"? Without patents in the past, we wouldn't have had radio, cars, television or anything else. The digital era makes things a bit less clear, but the same principles still apply.

      I think, oddly enough, that whether they were just avoiding "trade dress" or not, that this phone is a better-looking phone than anything else they've done. It's important that a company like Samsung is on its toes. You should look at Apple's leading competitor and go, "Wow! Look at that!"

      • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

        It becomes "trolling" when the patents, copyrights and trademarks are too broad to actually be an innovation. There have been rectangular devices with rounded covers for ages but suddenly Apple thinks they can trademark that? I'm completely fine with protecting things you actually invented - but Apple has crossed a line into trying to protect things they didn't and that's basically what trolling is all about

        • GiggityGoldStar

          Its a trade dress, not one or two components of design but multiple put together. Its the same protection that car makers have and its why you don't see exact clones of other carmakers.

          • Melissa

             If car makers have that same protection then tell me why the Geo Prizm, Toyota Corolla, and Chevrolet Nova all looked pretty much identical in 1991?

    • imitator101

      I agree that the design makes it less likely to be sued by Apple, but I don't think this was "designed by lawyers" as you suggest. For two reasons:

      1) The shape follows the design precedent set by all Nexus phones (Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus); the Nexus One, designed before all the Apple lawsuits, already shows the design principles found in the Galaxy S III

      2) The design principle is not new to Samsung. In its pre-Android days, Samsung's line of Corby phones already had a pebble-like shape

      So it's not really that they designed this entirely to be a "lawyer's dream" as you put it. I think they just went back to the past and followed design principles that they had already used.

    • cheetose4

      But it's not ugly. ... Everyone must be wearing the opposite of beer goggles.

    • Benjamen Meiers

      So you personally think it is ugly? Good on ya budy. There are millions of people that like the look of it.

      But thanks for talking for all of us...

    • addicted

      The article is great. But Apple does NOT Patent Troll. To say Apple is a patent troll is to deprive the term of any meaning whatsoever. PAtent Trolls are those who do not actually use their patents, but simply use it to sue others.

      I don't think we need to argue whether or not Apple creates iPhones.

    • http://twitter.com/cimota Matt Johnston

      This Apple fan says the Author of this Article is an idiot. This is not an unattractive phone and, allowing for competition from other phones (android and iOS etc), I think it will sell plenty.

    • http://iron2000.blogspot.com/ iron2000

      If every company takes ownership of the physical shape, design and color of their products, maybe there will be a different feeling when you step into an electronics store.

    • ciparis

      Galaxy S: apes the iPhone, and was obviously going to be a problem from the day it hit the market

      S II: somewhat less so

      S III: even less so. Also boring, but no less original than the S.

    • Herding_sheep

      I love how all the Android fans think everything about the iPhone design, from user interface to hardware, are all "common sense" design traits that Apple didn't invent. Well, of that's the case, explain why all phones had an entirely different design language and user interface until the iPhone was introduced. Or better yet, how about you explain why Android itself back in 07 looked more like Windows Mobile, and multitouch wasn't even figured into its design at all.

      Yea, it's SOOO common sense right? That's why no one else had the common sense to design it before Apple did.

      It really amazes me the lack of understanding of what design is, that I see in the Android community. And the complete lack of any respect and appreciation for pioneering design I also find to be incredibly annoying.

      • The Omega Man

        LG Prada

        • His Shadow

          A feature whose only new addition was a capacitive touch screen. No multitouch, no apps, basic at best software, went no where. Thanks for playing.

    • http://twitter.com/PlaKen PlaKen

      This article seems a bit pedantic ... Galaxy S III is a refreshing change from all iDevice lookalikes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RachitForever Rachit Jain

      Wow , this is in an amazing article. Seems , I've to bookmark the website , its my first time here.. Neways , there are still companies like HTC , Motorola , despite of all the patents .. They design such beautiful Phones.. Well look at HTC One X and MOTO Razr .. , well thats innovation.. For samsung it has always been , sleeking the phone , increasing size.. voila.. a new galaxy!.. there is no innovation as such.. Though I'm a 4S user.. still like most of the other vendors when it comes to design !

    • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

      Unfortunately, not pissing off Apple could have been done by simply designing a much better phone than the iPhone. The Nexus shows that it's possible...

    • rgw

      I don't think Apple is "patent trolling because they couldn't win on an open market."

      I think Apple's ridiculous Scrooge McDuck-like pile of cash is a testament to that fact. Apple is suing because right now Apple is one of Samsung's biggest customers and they have all the leverage in this relationship. Frankly, from Apple's perspective, it is kind of lame that they provide components then turn around and use the same components Apple orders to make some Chinatown bootleg looking iPhone.

      Samsung is a cheap company with R&D when it comes to consumer level products. They're a great component producer but they just wait around to see what other people want then use the same components to throw together a competitor haphazardly. If Samsung was actually trying to be a market leader rather than a market follower, I'd have far more sympathy for them in these patent cases. Considering their consumer-level product model is basically "we can do that too", I am not that sympathetic to their cause regardless if I don't like the state of patent law in technology.

    • http://www.maxvideogaming.com/ Artful Dodger

      Man, this phone is so ugly. It looks like something out of a 1990's sci-fi film.

    • Malufor

      wtf? am i the only one who loves the design?

    • James

      So basically Apple had a great design that Samsung copied. Is that what you're saying?

      How is Apple protecting that design Patent Trolling?

      Oh wait, you don't even know what the term means...

      "Patent troll is a term used for a person or company who buys and enforces patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered aggressive or opportunistic with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention."

      • Thr1ve

        And Apple copied its designs from several other manufacturers/developers...

        Apple is patent trolling because they patent the most ridiculously broad and vague ideas just so they have ammunition against competitors... It's also a well known fact that Apple patents everything they can, even if they will never use it themselves... So yes, Apple is a patent troll, whether it fits in with your description or no is irrelevant, they use their extremely broad and vague patents aggressively in order to stop competitors from selling their products, they won't even negotiate terms for licensing, all Apple wants is a complete ban on competing products, period... That in itself is considered a patent troll. Very anti-competitive of them.

      • Melissa

        Not only that, but they have specifically given patents to known patent trolls just so they can sue other companies over these broad and vague patents.
        http://venturebeat.com/2011/12/10/apples-patents-digitude-innovations/

    • James

      If Android is winning why does Apple have 75% of all handset profits?

      Sure Android may have 51% marketshare, but the bulk are being used as feature phones or dumb phones and many are on pre-paid plans - no using data or buying apps.

      Therefore 1 Android phone does not equal one iPhone.

      Besides, on Verzion, AT&T and Sprint the iPhone outsells all Android phones. So basically Android is bottom-feeding to a large segment of people who don't have post-paid plans and use the it basically as a phone - not a smart phone!

      • Thr1ve

        Profits mean nothing, all that tells you is just how much Apple is ripping off it's own users by selling overpriced, inferior products... Market share is the benchmark, which Android completely destroys Apple.

        I've seen more people using iPhones as feature phones or dumb phones than Android phones... You don't need a data plan to use a smartphone or apps.

        Your comment shows just how ignorant and illogical iSheep are...

    • Boris

      "common sense design traits" ? Really? And where were all this "common sense" designed phones before the iPhone? This "SmartPhones" are just cheap attempts to copy someone elses original design, w/o going into the user experiance as a whole (which does not come close to an iPhone).

      • Boris

        this = these

      • AdamOutler

        Actually, the entire iOS5 list of features is just some of the things available in Android 2.1

    • tomandyourmom

      "When Apple started patent trolling, they basically admitted they weren't going to win in an open market"

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. If you actually believe this, you should really stop writing about tech.

    • Georgie

      I don't agree that it's really ugly. I dislike the finish on the blue coloured one but that's about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347139000 Jurgis Šalna

      "They've ceded ownership of the rectangle and other common sense design traits to Apple, and did everything they could to bow down to their largest customer."
      It wasn't common sense until Apple did it.

    • Calvin D’Mack

      whats funny is this phone looks like a pre priduction iphone 5
      if you put a round button there you will see what im talking about

    • jordyGFC

      This is exactly why company's need to stop being complete idiots. E.g apple, what other way is a smart phone going to look? no display? not available in black? grow up.

      A builder wouldn't patent or file claim to a house made of bricks, or a house with 4 walls.
      Ford wouldn't patent a car with 4 wheels, so apple, why do you feel threatened by samsung so much that you pull shit like this and then force samsung to make a phone which beats yours but looks ugly as shit.

      • GiggityGoldStar

        One does not have to make a smartphone to look like an iPhone to look nice, which seems to be the argument you are making.

    • http://twitter.com/phillosophism Phill

      Am I alone in thinking the iPhone is really unimaginative and boring looking? The GS3 is a lot prettier imo.

      Its not surprising the GS3 was designed to avoid Apple's IP claims (even if they are just ridiculous), its not really a bad precedent as much as its recognising its best to not tie up billions in lawyer retainers around the world in a negative sum game.

    • GiggityGoldStar

      I agree with much of the author's claims here, until the end when he seems to confuse what a patent troll is. I suggest a little less hyperbole and a little more research into what terms mean.

    • taz89

      you can say the s3 is ugly as if its fact...many people who have actuallu used it and seen it said if looks nad feels nice.the only people complaing are the ones that have not held.in my opinion it looks like every other galaxy phone but more curvy which means it willfit better into the hand..it looks better than the previous 2 galaxy.

    • http://twitter.com/1ceTr0n 1ceTr0n

      Wow, that entire article was the most biased, biggest pile of shit i've read in a long time

    • http://twitter.com/ioangreavu Ioan Greavu

      Taking this a little further, maybe Samsung asked Apple's lawyers to design it :)

    • http://twitter.com/1ceTr0n 1ceTr0n

      This article is so biased, it ends up going up own ass.

    • http://twitter.com/1ceTr0n 1ceTr0n

      Lotta iphone sheeple here

    • Brian Dortch

      oddly enough your talking up down the GS3 as ugly, when viewed side by side with previous galaxy phones it looks alot better.

      And to both apple and android fanboy flame battle going down here, use what makes you happy, does it matter that much to you how much money the company is making or how much market percentage it has.........it sounds so silly, or maybe not guess I should just drive a camry, get some skinny jeans and buy an iphone/android phone (based on whatever blog felt like putting out to prove a their point)

    • reneemjones

      Excellent article!

      It is indeed sad that politicians, lawyers, and greedy executives have so lost their minds that Apple was actually taken seriously when it filed its lawsuit. To all the lawyers out there: are you really as stupid as you act, or do you just perjure yourselves to get the big bucks from mindless corporate executives? Nevermind, I think I know the answer.

      The harder question is this: why does the public go along with this nonsense? Why do they allow their tax dollars to be wasted on government enforcement of it? How do we stop it????

    • IMNS

      This is the dumbest link bait/trolling article I've read in a long time. Next time try to troll a little smarter too Ron.

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      Wait till the next iphone comes out ....Samsung designers will sure be inspired ;)

    • JAck

      Its not like Apple are telling Samsung they arent allowed to design a nice looking phone, Just try to design one thats not a copy of an iPhone.

      Seriously if this is the best Samsung can come up with by telling their designers to not make it look like an iPhone, it is a sad day for the entire mobile device industry!

    • Tom McLernon

      And I will still buy the Samsung, and will never buy an Apple product. For basically the same reasons that I will never buy an MS product.  And that has nothing to do with the product, I just don't like the crappy company ethics.  Controlling market through monopoly rather than through innovation.  No shame at all that they copyrighted what is basically an electronic version of the 400 hundred year old chalk board tablet shape.

      No shame that they copied the Xerox Graphical User Interface and Mouse, and then sued MS for copying their copy.  At least the Japanese admitted to copying, "and improving" as their business model.  Apple claims to have invented everything (not copied) when "previous art" proves this to be wrong every time. 

    • diem

      "Your product won't sell as well"Haha that made me laugh... Come on people, looks are subjective! I find it great looking for ex :P

    • mantrik00

      1.)Galaxy SIII looks beautiful (including the software and hardware). 

      2.) A new phone does not have to be exactly like the last one. That would amount to very little differentiation and therefore very little motivation to upgrade. 

      3.) Before taking pot shots at least have a feel of the phone in your hand. It is unprofessional to write on the basis of some press shots.

      4.) Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

    • eSyikr

      I don't think that It's ugly.... :(

    • http://twitter.com/handleym99 Maynard Handley

      You left out just one TINY little detail. If Samsung hadn't been so enthusiastic about copying Apple in the first place, they wouldn't be in the situation they are in today.
      HTC don't feel they have to run their designs past legal. Neither does Kindle Fire. Whatever you feel about Metro, MS is not using lawyers to design Win 8 phone. 

      So, to summarize:
      Samsung copied Apple sufficiently aggressively that Apple took legal remedies. 
      Now Samsung finds itself screwed --- they have no native design talent, but feel they can't get away with anymore Apple copying. 
      You want to present this as a sad story of a great company crushed by Apple. I see it as what happens when you don't bother to nurture your own in-house design talent.

    • Jackyxu

      to be fair the google design guideline did ask app developers not to have square icons. I do agree thou that the GSIII is butt ugly. what bothers me the most is the ridiculous amount of space they put between the button and the screen. also the lack of onscreen buttons.

    • Dan Bowkley

      Honestly, I'd tend to class this more as Samsung sending a giant raised middle finger at Apple rather than kow-towing to them. "Ha ha ha, try and stop us ya jerks!"

    • Bas

      I don't get the complaints about the design..
      I love it!

    • http://www.gadgetrophy.com/ Gadgetroid S

      Apple never learn. When they were launching iPod/iPhone their biggest worry was to keep Microsoft away. Over 20 years ago they go to launch a mac only to find that its all about Windows. They made the hardware and Microsoft did the software - Microsoft Won. They had hardware but no software.

      This time around they had software and some hardware so they gave it to Samsung to make it for them. Dejavu  . http://wp.me/p22CkE-yo

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    • Bradtigas03

      Hello! for those who are enjoyed and satisfied only for beauty not the skin deep/intellectual!  Sorry to all of you! because Samsung Galaxy S3 was revealed with the Grandest Introduction and gained a lot reputation.  Weather you like it or not Samsung Company makes history in the world of Smart Phone!  so once again Sorry to all of you that the king phone is born again "THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S3"

      Quadrant Standard Benchmark Score:

      Samsung Galaxy S3 - 5324 points
      HTC One X - 4964 points

      Thats means SGS3 is King Phone of our era!

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    • Bradtigas03

      Hello!
      for those who are enjoyed and satisfied only for beauty not the skin
      deep/intellectual!  Sorry to all of you! because Samsung Galaxy S3 was
      revealed with the Grandest Introduction and gained a lot reputation. 
      Weather you like it or not Samsung Company makes history in the world of
      Smart Phone!  so once again Sorry to all of you that the king phone is
      born again "THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S3"

      Quadrant Standard Benchmark Score:

      Samsung Galaxy S3 - 5324 pointsHTC One X - 4964 points

      Thats means SGS3 is King Phone of our era!

       

    • Boyceavenue2578

      Hello! what is this? BEAUTY PAGENT???
      Hello! this is a Phone!

      from Bradtigas03
      "Some of the people specially the below average IQ use only
      their eyes they are contended or satisfied only in the outside beauty!
      for them beauty is their desire!
      BEAUTY is nothing if your not SMART!!!"

      I agree to you Bradtigas03
      maybe some people buy phone for showing purposes only, maybe to show to other that their phone is like a Top Model, and Maybe they din't know how to use the entire application their phone simply for showing purposes!

    • Anthony S

      Mmmm, I'm thinking you forgot the other reason. They can protect the "Trade Dress" of this as well, and chase after Apple if the tables are ever turned and the s3 ends up inspiring the iPhone 5 (or 5s.)

    • walterbyrd

      > “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong”> “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” > "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."--- Steve Jobs

      > We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.--- Steve Jobs

    • Magnus100

      This phone is simply beautiful, very much so I must say. Can't wait to get my hands on it. It's also feature packed, more than any other phone on earth at this time.
      My only two beefs are that the camera wasn't bumped up to 12MP and that the screen is pentile, but since it's HD, that probably doesn't really matter. Oh, a third gripe would be why the heck does the USA have to the last to enjoy Samsung's newest technology?

    • walterbyrd

      Here is a very informative article:

      If Android is a "stolen product," then so was the iPhone

      http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/02/if-android-is-a-stolen-product-then-so-was-the-iphone.ars/

    • Guest

      i've never known that pixel can be used to measure real life objects, but then i read this article.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thesolutionsguy Gilles Boulanger

      I like the new design better than the old one. The previous one was too boxy looking. This new design has nice subtle curves. Even the screen looks better.

    • Leo81486

      so Ferrari can sue honda or mazda for making s2000 and miata.
      cuz it looks the same, 4 wheels, top down. 2 seat.
      this is stupid ~~~ i think this world it's all about money. especially in USA, if u got money u can pwn anything.
      Evem NYC major broked the federal law n became his 3rd term Major.
      something is wrong.. OMFG~!~~

    • Thr1ve

      The big issue here, is how/why was Apple able to get those vague trademarks on trade dress passed... No one should be able to trademark a rectangle with rounded corners, or square icons, a screen with black borders and so on. These ridiculous trademarks (along with the vast majority of other ridiculously vague/obvious/prior art patents they now have and are using to attack everyone they're competing with) should be invalidated immediately so Apple can stop it's patent trolling and get nailed with tons of anti-competitive lawsuits.

    • Mak D’Uniq

      get desingners who publish in  http://www.concept-phones.com/ :-|

    • GettCouped

      Good article idea, but I think it isn't a polarizing as the author makes it out to be.

    • http://herpderp.myid.net/ derp

      Smartphone geeks sure are anal retentive. A smartphone is nothing but a huge screen and a tiny border - how one can be deemed absolutely gorgeous and another horribly ugly based simply on a slight difference in the curving of the corners and one of them not being black is simply baffling.

    • Abc

      xin chafo

    • Piotr Teicher

      Please compare Samsung F700 (2006) to iPhone 1 (2007). Then we will know who stole desigh from who ;)

    • m3kw

      Looking at outside the box without thinking too much, it doesn't look too bad, but it sure won't win design awards.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=651589500 Nicolas Cho Meier

      I really don't get this 'lack of design' thingy? I'm an iPhone 4s user, but I still think its butt ugly! To me the best looking phone ever to be designed was the original Motorola Razr. Only drawback on that one was the lack of... Well eveyrthing we take for granted today. 

    • http://www.ivpcapital.com/blog Michael Elling

      I want to see a parabolic-shaped smartphone; just like skis.

    • Lawyers

      All Apple products suck!!!

    • http://twitter.com/adam_chaney Adam Chaney

      If I make a product that looks 98% exactly like my competition, they will sue the pants off me. Apple did what any company would do when someone else steals their work and tries to make people think yours is the same the real thing. Don't blame Apple for defending it's rights. Blame Samsung for blatantly coping someone else's work. 

    • Tom

      That was my question the entire time. "Wow, its all the phone I wanted to have. Big replaceable battery, SD-Card slot, fast, memory, nice cam, notification LED. But why is it the ugliest phone to see the world in years, I mean Samsungs product designs are always great!?"

      Your answer makes perfect sense and I agree to your opinion: Samsung sold his soul to a patent-troller. :/

    • Mailfach2002

      this design is a shame. samsung just proves that they are still the asian copying guys.

    • Sid

      well a lot of apple vs android going on here which is really beside the point of the article...I am from india and apple has treated the market here a bit unfairly, with releases for Iphone 4 etc delayed....Samsung also didn't launch the nexus...all things said and done, i prefer an android phone just because i like it more than an iphone (my family has a blackberry, an iphone 4s, an HTC and a Galaxy SII...have operated all and prefer the SII...I just hope they launch the SIII here in the first week of june like they've been promising so that i can do some conspicuous consumer spending

    • Nicolas Sørbrøden

      It's an interesting article, I don't doubt it's true that
      the design is lawsuit friendly. The design isn't the best I've seen on a phone,
      but what's important is the screen and what goes on behind it, so I ordered the SIII the day after it was launched.
      How Iphone owners can stand that small screen is beyond me, but of course they
      have no other choice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623838494 Sangram Takmoge

      Isn't it better to like chicks than bricks? ;)

    • Wad

      This is the dumbest article I have ever read.

      Just because lawyers set some restrictions doesn't mean they designed it.
      This is like saying my mum decides where I stay when all she said was get at least a house with 2 rooms.

      • Imagewerx

        The "designed by lawyers" in this case is just a metaphor.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/V7QXSKXKKPNDL2F5OOEZ32K2MY Gautam

      Dumb like Android. There are other ways to make a beautiful phones. 
      Android people have a tendency to play the victim game, instead of being creative. No wonder it takes months to get a Android update, and they say that technology should move fast. What a shame! 

      • Robert Scoebler

        Analogy fail 

      • Leftheodo

        Have you seen the ONE X? It's the most beautiful phone ever made! The GS3 is not that beautiful but it's ok. These are the best phone in the market right now! The iPhone looks like a woki toki!