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Submission + - Samsung, the "great imitator" (and that's in a GOOD way) (

wisebabo writes: Here's an article that looks at the Samsung-Apple battle from a Korean point of view. Yes, Samsung may be an "imitator" but it's a GREAT one. As a commentor notes, look what happened to those companies (Nokia, Motorola, RIM) that didn't imitate the iPhone, they got crushed. That wouldn't be acceptable for the "national champion" that Samsung is. At least Samsung survived, thrived and now is set to dominate the smartphone market with the Galaxy IV release after the iPhone 5.

Anyway, if so, be careful for what you wish for. A world where the winners are not innovators but rather "fast executioners"; this may lead us to technological stasis. Imagine if Samsung were able to copy DOS, we'd still be typing on C: prompts! (Admittedly the systems would be very cheap and fast).

An interesting note is just like the article mentions, my Korean friends cannot believe there would be an impartial jury (what with the trial occurring in Apple's hometown and the alleged technical incompetence of the jurors). On the other hand, my American friends find it surprising that the Korean judges presiding over Korean case might be biased (despite Samsung contributing a FIFTH of the entire economy and the CEO and underlings being convicted and imprisoned on bribery and corruption charges).

I guess people see in others what they see in themselves.

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