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So let me get this straight, Young Sohn a high level exec for Samsung, gets paid to work for one company but uses that money to buy products from its rival company. If I worked for Samsung, I’d be highly irradiated. What this is telling consumers is that our products aren’t even good enough for our own employees to use. This is not the message that Samsung, or any company wants to send.

“At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way. That’s sticky, you know?” -Young Sohn

Sohn’s job is focused on innovation, but I don’t see how innovation is going to occur when you’re stuck in a competitor’s ecosystem.

[] Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch :: Samsung Exec Calls iDevice Ecosystem “sticky”

Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) & iPod Touch

Patents that have been awarded to various tech companies are not bringing forth innovation, they are stiffing innovation. Manufactures are more concerned with getting ridiculous and vague patents that they use to sue another company instead of really creating something revolutionary. Software patents, like the ones that have been issued to Apple, Motorola, Samsung, and LG are entirely to vague. The patents are issued so late that by the time a patent is awarded to a company various devices are already using similar technology and that’s just the way a smartphone works at that point.

Samsung has a patent for playing an mp3 in the background while conducting other phone operations {1} . This patent was awarded in 2010. In 2010, about every phone that is sold plays mp3s while it can do other things. If this patent was awarded, which it shouldn’t have been because that is how cell phones operated at that time, then it should not be able to be a part in a court case. That patent should be thought of like a Nobel Prize, “good job for inventing this…here’s your award”.

Is the patent system broken or just severely flawed? Because it is one of those two options. Patents shouldn’t be awarded so many years later for a vague idea such as “front speaker slot, uncluttered front face, display borders and the edge-to-edge glass of a smartphone” {2} If by the time the patent is to be awarded the market of smartphones are already practicing said patent as a market standard, then it should be looked at as a market standard and the way business is run. Don’t award a patent at that point only to have the company go back and file lawsuits retroactively for products. It ties up the legal system and wastes people’s time, money, and is detrimental to moving an industry forward.

The Apple v. Samsung case has been a major case in showing the frailties of the patent system. Did Samsung develop products that look eerily similar to the iPhone? Yes. Should Samsung have to pay for riding off of the marketing success of the iPhone? Yes. Should Apple be allowed to have a patent on a black rectangle with rounded corners? No. If a company develops a truly innovative idea they should be allowed to patent that, but a company should not be allowed to patent a market standard.

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{1} US Patent 7698711, Mult-tasking Apparatus and method in a portable terminal, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.

{2} US Patent D618677, Electronic Device, Apple Inc.

{*} I am not an expert on patents nor am I claiming to be. I am only a citizen of the United States who has a vested interest in technology using my common sense to generate an opinion on the precedent set by this court case

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Since the iPhone came on the scene companies have been imitating its look, for better and for worse. I think the worse would be the bezel. Now I can understand why devices have had bezels, sometimes there are necessary buttons needed;but with Android 4.0 (no buttons needed) that need is getting eliminated.  Samsung is making TVs without bezels why not a phone?  However I hope these phones are closer to the original Galaxy S size and not the comically large Galaxy Note size.

I appreciate having large form screen factors, but the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy Note is ridiculous at 5.3″.  I find the screen size and that is an entire inch smaller than the Galaxy Note.  Here’s a shot from BGR’s review of the Galaxy Note comparing the size to the iPhone 4S.

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I’ve stated before, and I’ll say it again, the perfect screen size for devices with reguards to readability, screen real estate, and battery life is between 3.7 – 4 inches and I lean more towards the end of 4 inches.

The phone is too big. You will look stupid talking on it, people will laugh at you, and you’ll be unhappy if you buy it.
-Jonathan S. Geller

I think that also summarizes my thoughts on that device as well.