If we had just one wish, it’d be for Apple and Samsung to cease their global courtroom bickering and instead pump the presumably astronomical legal fees into R&D.
In the meantime, in the absence of a magic lamp, the San Jose-based trial continues, and Apple has submitted an intriguing Samsung-penned comparison of the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S. Uh oh.
The 132-page document goes into painstaking detail about various features, including the lighting effect on icons, the “emotional satisfaction” of sound effects when setting an alarm (seriously), and the way attachments are displayed in emails.
To be fair, the document predominantly appears to be concerned with areas in which the iPhone outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S, as opposed to identifying elements that can be balls-out stolen.
Indeed, one suggestion for improvement is: “Remove a feeling that iPhone’s menu icons are copied [by the Samsung Galaxy S] by differentiating design.”
However, one page notes that the iPhone benefits from comparatively small keys and larger spacing on its virtual keyboard, while the Samsung Galaxy S’ large keys/small spacing combo yields typos.
Samsung also notes that the iPhone’s calendar icon is dynamic (displaying the current date), while the Galaxy S has a fixed icon.
And we all know how many Samsung smartphones have been sold based on the dynamic calendar icon, right? Billions and billions.