This Is the Crap Tablet Apple Thinks Samsung Should MakeS

This image shows Apple lawyers' wet dream for a Samsung tablet. It demonstrates one thing: the Apple lawyers who described it are imbeciles and/or clueless mischievous snakes. Just as much as Samsung's product designers are unimaginative shameless cloning bastards.

These are Apple's demands verbatim:

• Shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides or that do not have four rounded corners.
• Front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear and that have substantial adornment.
• Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
• Profiles that are not thin relative to [Apple patent D'889] or that have a cluttered appearance.

Apple is right to point out that the design and packaging of Samsung's Galaxy tablet is a clone of the iPad. It's not exactly the same, but it's clearly made to look like the iPad. But Apple's demands are just plain stupid.

Instead, they should have just asked Samsung to design a tablet that nobody could mistake for an iPad in a reasonable way. This could have been really easy. You only have to look at the Playbook or the Kindle Fire or any other tablet out there except for Samsung's. They are well designed and nobody can confuse them. Samsung could have done this:

This Is the Crap Tablet Apple Thinks Samsung Should MakeS

Pretty simple. Nobody would mistake that for an iPad but it would retain optimal usability. In fact, using that dark grey—like color professionals use for color proofing—would make this tablet better for color perception and give it its own distinctive look.

Incidentally, except for the change of hue from black to neutral grey, this is actually the tablet that Samsung has made to avoid more legal trouble. Apple is suing them again because they think it's not enough. I bet that if they changed the color no judge in the world would rule against them.

For more design commentary about the Samsung vs Apple design war, go to Baekdal. I think many of his arguments are fallacies, worked in reverse to make them appear logical. But I agree on the basic principle: Apple can't make any manufacturer to ignore certain fundamental aspects of industrial design.