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Samsung Just Changed the Galaxy Tab's Design Because of the iPad (OMG SOO DIFFERENT)

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Apple and Samsung have been battling in German courts about whether the Galaxy Tab 10.1 stole ideas from the iPad or not (among other things). So to avoid the injunction, Samsung went ahead and changed the design of the Tab in Germany so it wouldn't look like an iPad anymore.

I'm not sure if this design change counts as an admission of guilt but it sure feels that way. What's worse is that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N almost looks a wee bit more iPad 1-ish after the change. As you can see in the photo above, the metal frame of the Tab wraps around the edge of the tablet now and becomes more visible. Totally different! Thing is, the iPad 1 also had a slightly visible metal frame too. HMMMM. Crap.

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As we only get to see the face of the tablet, we don't know what other changes Samsung might have made but if this is it, I think Samsung might have to try a little harder. [MobiFlip.de via MacRumors]

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For what it's worth, I work at a software company that writes mobile software and we had an event this past month where we were showing off iOS and Android tablet apps. We demoed the software on an iPad 2 and a Galaxy 10.1 and virtually nobody in attendance could tell the difference between the two. It was with comical frequency that somebody would pick up the Galaxy Tab and say "show me this iPad app!"

I honestly think they look quite different just because of the different aspect ratios on the screen and I would never mistake one for the other, but I live and breathe mobile every day because it's part of my job. I wasn't prepared for how difficult it would be for people who are less involved (but still highly technical and generally well informed) to tell them apart.