The never ending war.
A few people I know keep on saying Samsung copied Apple. Samsung is a copycat. Apple is the real deal bla bla bla.....
Well, in that case I guess every car manufacturer copied Karl Benz's idea of an automobile. I hereby declare Ferrari an impostor. It is not the real McCoy.
Apple fans will probably be mad at me. I do not work for Samsung, I have nothing against Apple, I am not anti-capitalist and I am not a sad case of a poor guy who cant afford an Apple product.
I just loathe the hoards of fanatical Apple devotees out there who keeps on dissing other brands because according to them, EVERYONE copied Apple. Who copied who and what was copied by who can be very subjective and is based purely on your own goddamn opinion.
You see, a person can only claim copyright for the realization or tangible expression of an idea but not the idea itself. For example, if you come up with the idea of inventing a machine to transport people from point A to point B, your realization of that idea in the form of a beautiful Ferrari 458 Italia is your right and yours alone. But you cannot say Proton is a Ferrari wannabe by manufacturing a Proton Preve for having the same idea as Ferrari i.e. inventing a machine to transport people from point A to point B.
If that was the case, Karl Benz's family would be the richest family in the world as everyone would have to pay them for the right to use Karl Benz's idea of a car.
Apple had a bright idea in the form of the iphone and ipad. They realized that idea in the form of the iphone and ipad (I read somewhere saying that the tab was actually on the drawing boards way before the ipad became a reality but I cannot verify for certain that this piece of info is true so I'll omit it).
Samsung thought hey that's actually a good idea. So they came up with the tab and galaxy range of phones a.k.a their own way of realizing that idea, without stealing Apple's technology.
As a conclusion, If you are willing to pay royalties to the families of Karl Benz and Alexander Graham Bell for driving a machine that is based on the former's idea and for using a machine to communicate based on the latter's idea than by all means, please praise Apple and worship the damn company. If you are not willing to pay them royalties, I suggest you stop dissing other manufacturers as copycats.
I'm not saying Apple's product are better and vice versa. That's entirely up to you to decide. My only point here is this, the idea of an intelligent touchscreen phone and computer tablet does not belong to them exclusively. The expression of that idea is, but not the idea itself.
That's just my opinion :).