To clarify, because I feel guilty about my hasty phrasing, what I meant in this post about a lack of “individuality” in Apple products (namely the iPhone and iPad) is that there are very few style options to choose from and little visible difference between models. Admittedly, Samsung has gone a bit extreme with this by launching eighty billion (approx.) versions of the S and S2 series. Though Malcolm Gladwell notes the merits of giving consumers lots of choice (at least when it comes to spaghetti sauce), there has got to be a happy medium in there somewhere. Other companies making iPhone clones definitely does not fit into my happy little diverse gadget world.
I felt like I wasn’t representing both sides fairly, so I needed to get that out there. Android fangirl though I may be, I aim to treat all sides with respect. I salute you, Apple, your products just aren’t my bag.
I feel that drawing inspiration and useful functions from other companies isn’t a crime. But I also feel that not putting (enough of) your own spin into said inspired things makes it really difficult for consumers to view your company as innovative. So flaunt your differences, Samsung, because the world already has one Apple.