News from the Australian front in the Apple/Samsung war has arrived, and it's bad for Samsung—its Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been banned from sale in Oz, thanks to a judge putting an interim injunction in place. [BBC via Gizmodo UK]
You know, I hate to say this, because I think all this litigiousness is stupid, but I have more than once mistaken a galaxy tab 10.1 for an iPad 2. I know there's only so many ways to skin a cat, but I saw a friend of mine from across a crowded room with an HP touchpad, and I immediately knew he had something *other* than an iPad, and I strongly suspected it was a Touchpad.
Now, does the touchpad look like an oversized iPhone 3GS? Yes, but it doesn't look like an iPad.
Samsung is capable of some seriously desirable and original industrial design. The SGSII is a prime example of that. Another friend just got whatever AT&T's version of that phone is, and it's amazingly good looking. Squared and tapered, with this ultra-thin feel to it, a mix of attractive textures and patterns . . . it's a unique and beautiful phone, and once I saw that screen light up, there was no question is was a Samsung product.
Personally, I can't take Android (I tried twice, Nexus 1 and SGS 1), if the SGSII came with WebOS, I'd pay unsubsidized prices for such a phone.
All this is to say, they didn't HAVE to make it look like a 16:9 version of the iPad 2, but they did. Others have made tablets that don't look like the iPad, and Samsung is capable of making phones and other devices that are not boring copies of Apple products.