But over all, the Note feels like a laundry-list tablet. It has a higher feature count than any other tablet, but those features are stuffed into a machine with less coherence than any other tablet.
Clearly, Samsung had no Steve Jobs on hand to veto anything. Features that don’t work well are mixed in with the winners; features you’ll never use are jammed in with the useful ones. (Why on earth have the all-important, ever-present Android buttons — Back, Home, App Switcher — now been joined by a fourth one that takes screenshots? Does Samsung think people take screenshots as often as they go to the Home screen?)"
sigh… Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them
Lead Samsung attorney Charles Verhoeven also highlighted some surprising differences between Samsung smartphones and the iPhone, differences that a key expert witness for Apple seemed unaware of. On the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, the rounded corners aren't rounded equally, as the iPhone's are, Verhoeven pointed out.
He asked key Apple witness Peter Bressler, an expert on industrial design, if he had noticed how much the top corners are a tighter curve than the bottom corners on the Galaxy. If part of a circle, the top corners would have a radius of 10 centimeters; the bottom, 13 centimeters, he said.
"I couldn't dispute your measurements," Bressler responded. "I haven't measured the corners" on the Galaxy, he testified.
Yet lead Apple designer Christopher Stringer, in testimony July 31, had insisted the rounded corners of the iPhone were one of its key differentiating elements. "Did you say equally rounded corners," Verhoeven had questioned him during his July 31 testimony, as if smitten by the idea for the first time. "Corners with exactly the same radii," Stringer had affirmed.
Apple had settled on the design because it was "beautiful" due to its simplicity, balance, and symmetry, and part of the symmetry was equally rounded corners, he said.
Furthermore, Apple's design patents, which have Stringer's name on them, show only rectangular phone bodies with equally rounded corners. The point has been so prominent in the early days of the trial that it came as a something of a shock that no one had measured the rounded corners on Samsung's models, except, of course, Samsung.
Bressler, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and founder of design firm Bressler Group, was introduced to the jury as having designed cellphones. Verhoeven later elicited the fact that he had not designed a smartphone and pointed out that none of his designs had been put into production. Only two or three had even been given shape as models. "Five or six" were made into mockups, Bressler corrected him.
Samsung is a “chaebol” – one of the family-run conglomerates that dominate South Korean society. Almost Mafia-like in their obsessive secrecy and reach, chaebols have influence in most markets and industries in the country and wield huge political influence
Lee Kun-hee’s children hold key positions in the company. His son, Lee Jae-yong, is President and Chief Operating Officer of Samsung Electronics. Lee Boo-jin, his eldest daughter, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hotel Shilla, a luxury hotel chain, and President of Samsung Everland, a theme park and resort operator that acts as de facto holding company for the entire conglomerate.
Further branches of his family tree are inextricably tied to the business. His siblings and their children are executives at major Korean groups. One nephew is chairman of CJ Group, a holding company with interests in food, drink and entertainment.
Another runs Saehan Media, one of Korea’s largest blank media producers, while his older sister owns Hansol Group, the company’s biggest paper manufacturer which also holds assets in electronics and communications. Another of his sisters is married to the former chairman of LG and his youngest sister heads up Shinsegae Group, the largest consumer retailer in Korea.
The South looks better, thanks to the success consumer technology and semiconductors has brought, it but the grip of the chaebols is pernicious and corruption lies beneath every facet of Korean society.
You’re welcome to love Android and hate Apple. Just don’t be fooled into thinking Samsung are the good guys."
- great writing. » Samsung: power, corruption and lies – Mic Wright – The Kernel