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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Samsung gets hit over the head again by Apple and a German court

Remember that striking new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 that was unveiled just a few days ago at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany? Well, Samsung has already pulled the promotional material and prototypes off the show floor.

SlashGear first noticed this yesterday, and a spokesman for Samsung simply stated, "Samsung has removed the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from our stand at IFA. We cannot make any further comment as we have not received an official statement from the court.” 

Bloomberg confirmed that a Dusseldorf court on Friday granted Apple's request to add the Galaxy Tab 7.7 to the list of banned Samsung devices in Germany. As a result, Samsung is forbidden from selling or marketing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in that country.

“Samsung respects the court’s decision,” said Samsung spokesman James Chung to Bloomberg. He went on to add that Apple's actions in this matter “severely limits consumer choice in Germany.” 

As its name implies, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 7.7" Super AMOLED display with a 1280x800 resolution. The tablet also packs a 5,100 mAh battery, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, up to 64GB of storage, microSD slot, 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, rear- and front-facing cameras, and GPS. 

A court injunction in early August weighed heavily in Apple's favor, as it banned all sales and marketing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union. That ruling was largely scaled back, however, and was limited to just Germany (the Dusseldorf court did not have the authority to expand it's ban hammer to other entities in the European Union).

Outside of the European Union, Apple has also succeeded in preventing the sales and marketing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung later decided to give up fighting the injunction and will instead wait until a final ruling is handled down on September 26 regarding its fate in the country. 

Apple is on the warpath when it comes to protecting the sales of its cash cow iPad. Using rather "diplomatic" language, the Cupertino, California-based company in an April lawsuit chided Samsung; "Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

Apple delivered an even more snarky statement to journalist Ina Fried expressing its frustration with Samsung's "copy machine". "It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”



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RE: Ridiculous...
By nocturne_81 on 9/5/2011 2:57:04 PM , Rating: 4
I will give you one fact -- all apple products are impeccably designed from the ground up, with a very high level of build quality (poisonous plastics aside). But to say that they got there first (in any context) is simply wrong.

To most of you, it seems you had no idea what a smartphone was prior to the iPhone or Android releases -- and choose to ignore a decade of prior development on windows mobile (the OS that made HTC) and symbian. There were a lot of incredible devices (I still have a few), but they were simply too complicated for most users, who weren't capable of loading custom roms and finding obscure apps on the net. What iOS/Android really did was change the smartphone into a service instead of a product -- using it as a platform to sell all sorts of content, making smartphones finally profitable.

And tablets are nothing new, either.. Every PC manufacturer has been coming out with a prototype every few years since the mid 90s -- some were really incredible, though most never made it to market, and those that did were a bit out of most people's reach at around $2k apiece. People just couldn't justify paying twice as much for half a notebook with half the power and capability.

Put an iPhone next to a Galaxy S, or an iPad next to a Galaxy tab... I'm sorry, there's just no comparison. Besides the slightly more solid feel of the iPhone, the Galaxy series trumps it in simply every which way.


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