Samsung designer: the Galaxy S II is no copycat iPhone

Samsung designer: the Galaxy S II is no copycat iPhoneSamsung's design process has come under severe scrutiny over the past year after Apple's claims that several of the Korean firm's products, including the top-of-the-range Galaxy S II smartphone, have ripped off Apple's designs and infringed on its intellectual property.

However, an executive in Samsung's design department insists there's simply no substance to the allegations, and that Apple's baiting is an affront to his “dignity” as a designer.

Lee Minhyouk is Samsung Mobile's vice president of design, and while he acknowledges he has a long way to go to reach the level of Apple's design guru Jonathan Ive, he's adamant that he'll get there one day – and that his design work for Samsung is all original.

“I've made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products [for the Galaxy range],” Minhyouk told the Chicago Tribune. “Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?”

“As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. [The Galaxy] is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it. It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused.

“I'm confident that one day Samsung will make a product that defines our time, and I hope it's one of mine.”

Via TechRadar

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tomwatts  Mar. 24, 2012 at 15:37

You do realise that's the original Galaxy S, right?

coffoholic  Mar. 25, 2012 at 15:30

I am not an apple fan but as a gslaxy note owner I think I have the right tell Mr Minghyouk his designs are rubbish. Who in his right mind thinks that the volume button should keep working when the screen had been locked or that screen lock button should be able to turn off the phone again when the screen is locked get the basics right before you taking pride in your rubbish design idiot.

coffoholic  Mar. 25, 2012 at 15:32

Sorry for the typos and missed words

blizzard7  Mar. 25, 2012 at 19:21

I am not an apple fan but as a gslaxy note owner I think I have the right tell Mr Minghyouk his designs are rubbish. Who in his right mind thinks that the volume button should keep working when the screen had been locked or that screen lock button should be able to turn off the phone again when the screen is locked get the basics right before you taking pride in your rubbish design idiot.

Agree here and there, disagree about the volume lock. When I'm out and listening to music on my Sensation and then I walk into a louder area of town or I bump into someone, I want to be able to push the volume buttons through my pocket to change the volume without having to take my phone out.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 25, 2012 at 23:27

I have to agree with Blizz on the volume button front. Also, can't you change the volume with the screen locked on pretty much every phone?

pseter  Mar. 26, 2012 at 16:24

funny!

How do you copy an inferior product and end up with a better product ?
I have had both iPhone 3gs, 4 and Nexus S and Galaxy S2. The Nexus is nicer and lighter and interface and usability I found better too.

And then there is the Galaxy S2 which is 2 classes above the iphone, in terms of the screen os etc..... it's like saying that AUDI, BMW, Mercedes are copying from Hundai, Honda or Toyota.... FUNNY !

Sure when the 3GS came on the market, it had no competitor but now Samsung has leaped over Apple and iPhone.

Now apple is copying from the Android family, and the only innovation apple is making lately is the hype about new functionality that I had on my android for the last year...

Just my 2c

martinjjames / MOD  Mar. 27, 2012 at 14:57

You do realise that's the original Galaxy S, right?

Son of a *!$@... the result of tiny thumbnails and poorly named files. D'oh! Has been fixed now - thanks for pointing it out :)

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