Samsung takes more swipes at iPad in new Galaxy Pro ads

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

Samsung’s back at it again. The company has aired four new ads that bash the iPad while painting its own 12-inch Galaxy Tab Pro tablets in favorable light. Samsung released these big tablets three months ago. The ads convey a few hard-hitting yet simple to grasp messages that likely won’t sit well with loyal fans of the California-based company.

One ad tells the viewer that anyone can multitask like a pro on Samsung’s tablets that can run two apps side-by-side. Another commercial focuses on Samsung’s ‘Multi User’ mode allowing different people to use devices, with each person’s settings, documents and apps separate of the others, a feature notably absent from the iPad.

Yet another video, titled ‘Pixel Density’, offers a critique of the iPad’s 2,048-by-1,536 Retina display at 226 pixels per inch. Apple’s “Retina thingy”, the ad explains, pales in comparison with the Tab Pro’s sharp 10.1-inch screen at a whopping 2,5600-by-1,600 resolution with a pixel density of 299ppi.

I’ve included all four ads for your viewing pleasure right below the fold… Read More

 

New Samsung ad takes simultaneous jabs at iPad, Surface and Kindle

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2014

Samsung’s just posted a new ad to its YouTube channel inviting viewers to “do more” on the new multi-tasking Galaxy Tab Pro series tablet, featuring three different scenes dedicated to bashing Apple’s iPad, Microsoft’s Surface and Amazon’s Kindle tablets. The ad is actually humorous, which is a refreshing change change for Samsung.

The commercial’s anti-Apple scene envisions sending email on the Samsung tablet while on a video call, using snapping two apps side by side. Have a look at it after the break and tell us what you think in the comment section… Read More

 

Latest Samsung ads take swipes at iPhone’s screen size and iPad’s multitasking

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2014

Samsung is taking a page from Microsoft’s book with the release of a new ad featuring side-by-side comparison of its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab Pro and Apple’s iPad. Not only that, Samsung has actually borrowed the concept of Apple’s inaugural iPad Air commercial dubbed ‘Pencil’ and applied it to its ad.

The ad titled ‘Multitasking Redefined’ highlights Samsung device’s multitasking capabilities allowing it to render two apps side-by-side, because “doing two things at once is greater than doing one thing at once”.

The 60-second video proudly proclaims the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be an even thinner tablet than the iPad Air despite a negligible difference in their thickness. There’s also another ad which uses a video of a LeBron James slam dunk to mock the iPhone’s screen size.

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Samsung hires judge who ruled against Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2013

Remember a UK judge who took at face value the ruling that Galaxy devices didn’t infringe any of Apple’s patents because Samsung’s tablets “are not as cool” as the iPad? The one who recently chastised Apple for lack of integrity and opined for the appeals court it should be ordered to apologize in newspaper ads for asserting Samsung’s tablets had copied the iPad? Yeah, that guy.

A well-known patent blogger revealed Thursday that same judge is now receiving paychecks from Samsung as a legal expert through a law firm which represents Samsung Electronics in its case against Ericsson. Conflict of interest, much? Read More

 

Galaxy tablets didn’t copy Apple’s design, Dutch court rules

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2013

Apple isn’t having as much litigation success in Europe as it’s had over in the United States, where the jury hit Samsung with a massive $1.05 billion fine in the high-stake Apple v. Samsung trial. Courts in The Netherlands, for example, aren’t nearly as sympathetic to Apple’s infringement claims.

To refresh your memory, Apple has been claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets infringe upon its design patents for the iPad. However, it’s been reported this morning that a Dutch court upon closer examination of Apple’s claims has ruled that the Galaxy tablets do not infringe an the iPad design. Interestingly enough, the ruling mentions previous decisions in British courts… Read More

 

Display shootout pits the iPad 3 against the Surface

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2012

The experts over at DisplayMate have put together another display shootout, this time pitting the Retina screen of the iPad 3 against that of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet and Samsung’s older Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Galaxy Tab was really just thrown in for good measure here, the real shootout is between the first two.

Last month, a Microsoft engineer claimed that although the Surface has a lower resolution than the iPad, 1366 x 768 vs 2048 x 1536, its display can still outperform it. DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira laughed off the claim, saying there was no way this was possible. And now he has the head-to-head tests to prove it… Read More

 

IDC: Android gained tablet market share in Q3, while Apple slowed

By Ed Sutherland on Nov 5, 2012

In the race to win the tablet market, all it takes to gain an edge is for the leader to take its foot off the accelerator. Enough potential iPad buyers “sat out” the third-quarter waiting to learn more about the iPad mini, that the brief pause cut into Apple’s lead, allowing Android tablet companies to gain share.

According to data by market research firm IDC, Apple’s leadership in the third quarter – ahead of the iPad mini’s release – shrank to 50.4 percent, down from 59.7 percent a year ago. By contrast, Samsung lead a pack of Android rivals with a triple-digit growth… Read More

 

Appeals court reverses Galaxy Nexus sales ban as a new Nexus phone looms

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2012

The Galaxy Nexus, a Samsung-made smartphone providing so-called stock Android experience (one free of carrier crapware and skinning) may soon be back on store shelves in the United States as the country’s appeals court warned that a “district court abused its discretion”.

Back in June, U.S. Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction. The appeals court now reversed Apple’s injunction warning that the iPhone maker did not prove people bought Samsung’s phone because of the infringing technology.

The appeals court has sent the case back to a lower California court for reconsideration… Read More

 

Judge denies Samsung’s motion to dissolve Galaxy Tab ban

By Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2012

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung’s motion to lift the injunction on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 last night. The decision comes in response to Samsung’s August 27 request to dissolve the sales ban against its tablet.

Back in June, Koh granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the Tab due to patent infringement. But after the jury in last month’s trial found that the tablet didn’t infringe on Apple’s IP, Samsung wanted the decision overturned..

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Samsung designer: work on Galaxy Tab 10.1 preceded iPad unveiling

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2012

Today, Samsung’s new 10-inch Galaxy Note tablet goes on sale in the United States, priced at $499/$549 for the 16/32GB version. The device comes with a stylus and has some interesting multitasking functionality. Samsung also has another 10.1-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab. The device sports more traditional design akin to iPad and as such has caused contention between Samsung and Apple, resulting in Apple’s copycat accusations.

Samsung industrial designer Jin Soo Kim took the stand yesterday to testify that his work on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 began in October 2009, insinuating that Samsung designed, engineered and manufactured its tablet before Apple unveiled the original iPad in January of 2010… Read More

 

Samsung says Apple lifted the iPad’s design from a 1981 tablet, other prior art claims

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2012

It’s the third week of the Apple v. Samsung mega-suit and Samsung is on the offensive with some interesting assertions meant to invalidate some of Apple’s key patents. For example, the Galaxy maker, whom Apple accuses of ripping off its iPad and iPhone wholesale, now counterclaims that Apple stole its patents related to things like e-mail, photo albums and playing music in the background.

Furthermore, Samsung brought a number of experts who testified that Apple’s patents should be invalidated due to a bunch of prior art. Heck, the company even wheeled in a monstrous Surface-like tablet computer into the courtroom in an attempt to invalidate Apple’s pinch-zoom feature and establish that everyone, even Apple, takes inspiration from someone else’s work… Read More

 

Surprise, a lot of folks get confused between Apple and Samsung products

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2012

Seriously, do you know anyone who in their right mind would mistaken a Samsung phone for an iPhone? Anyone? If your answer is a resounding ‘no’, congrats – you’re officially a geek, just like yours truly.

Now, Apple’s been arguing from the onset that the extent of alleged copying of its industrial design exhibited in Samsung’s work introduces a strong likelihood of customer confusion between the two brands.

While gadget lovers whose morning routine includes skimming through tech news cannot grasp how anyone could possibly mistaken a gadget with the Samsung logo for one with a bitten apple on it, to those outside the tech circles – you know, the general public, average consumers and Joes Schmucks of this world - the similarities are painfully obvious.

Specifically, one in two thought they saw an iPhone when presented with an image depicting a Samsung phone… Read More

 

Confidential Apple, Samsung sales data revealed in court documents

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2012

The Apple v. Samsung case is a peep show of sorts, a pornographic public showing of the two technology giant’s closely kept secrets to the extent that we have for the first time been allowed to examine a bunch of early device prototypes, read internal communication about Apple’s engineering process, including tidbits like Apple’s ‘kitchen’ brainstorming, and laugh over such mundane things as stickers on court exhibits.

And now, a very important and confidential piece of information has also been publicized, Apple’s and Samsung’s sales numbers… Read More

 

Here’s how much Apple is demanding in damages per each Samsung device

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2012

It was recently suggested that Apple wanted Samsung to pay as much as $2.5 billion in damages for allegedly copying its iOS devices: $500 million in lost profits, $25 million in royalty damages and a whopping $2 billion for the profits Samsung “unjustly received” using Apple’s intellectual property.

A new report breaks down the figure on a per-device basis, as outlined in an exhibit prepared by accounting consulting firm Invotex Group, which specializes in calculating royalty rates for litigation… Read More

 

Industrial design expert on why Samsung is the copyist

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2012

Samsung has been called the copyist by Apple many times over, the first time in court documents the iPhone maker filed as part of patent infringement claims brought against its frenemy in April of 2011.

But evidence is mounting that Samsung slavishly copied some areas of the iPhone experience, like the iPhone’s gorgeous icons.

On Monday, Apple brought in an expert to testify before a northern California court where the iPhone and Galaxy makers locked horns in the patent trial of the century… Read More

 

iPad slaughters competition, gains share in Q2

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2012

The iPad is increasingly looking like a big success story for Apple though investors have been largely ignoring the fact due to their fixation with the iPhone, which fell three million units short of predictions in Q2 2012.

During the June quarter, Apple sold 17 million iPads, an 84 percent increase over the 9.25 million iPads sold in the year-ago quarter and up from the 11.8 million iPads shipped in Q1 2012. In just twelve months, Apple increased its share by almost seven percentage points, from 61.5 percent in Q2 2011 to a whopping 68.2 percent in Q2 2012.

Samsung and Asus also gained, the former on the heels of its Galaxy Tab lineup that Apple thinks copies the iPad’s look and feel, and the latter based on strong sales of own products and the Nexus 7 which Asus makes for Google… Read More

 

Samsung: we went public with excluded exhibits because you asked for it

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2012

As we reported yesterday, Samsung has gotten itself in some hot water with Judge Lucy Koh who strongly condemned its attorneys’ decision to influence the jurors by publicizing previously excluded evidence. Samsung was hoping to sway the court of public opinion by releasing a set of slides and a media release which it hoped to use in the litigation to establish that Apple sough inspiration for the iPhone’s design from Sony, as its product chief suggested in a pre-trial interview.

The Judge demanded that Samsung’s legal team reveal who exactly drafted the press release and who authorized it. The Galaxy maker today filed a brief responding to Judge Koh’s request which explains Samsung’s reasoning behind the unusual move…
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Samsung’s product chief dumbs down litigation with Apple to rectangles

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2012

Wired sat down with Apple’s Jony Ive to talk design ahead of the trial of the century which kicked off in northern California today and the publication is now extending the courtesy to Samsung, interviewing its product person to hear the other side.

Samsung’s Kevin Packingham discussed patent and design accusations between his company and Apple, the result of which is bound to have serious ramifications for both parties. Unsurprisingly, the executive played down Apple’s concerns that the Galaxy tablets and smartphones copy the iPhone and iPad slavishly, pointing out there’s really just one way to go about the candy bar form factor… Read More

 

The Apple-Samsung mega-trial kicks off today, here’s what the jury will see

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2012

A high-stake technology trial involving Apple and Samsung is set to kick off today in a U.S. District court in San Jose, northern California over design and patent infringement claims involving Samsung’s Galaxy lineup of smartphones and tablets and Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

In the run-up to the mega-trial a bunch of court filings was made public, revealing Samsung’s overly aggressive court strategy but also offering a unique glimpse into Apple’s prototyping and industrial design processes. When all is said and done, this is what the jurors will see… Read More

 

Some Samsung tablet buyers thought they were getting iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2012

A new set of court documents filed ahead of the July 30 mega-trial between Apple and Samsung reveals that retailers like Best Buy informed Samsung that an unknown portion of buyers were returning Samsung’s tablets because they thought they were getting iPads. Furthermore, court documents also show that several Samsung employees did discuss the similarities between Galaxy products and Apple’s iPhone and iPad themselves… Read More

 
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