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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 9/6/2011 3:23:41 PM , Rating: 2
I've stated repeatedly that Apple has done incredibly well designing and marketing their products (most profitable tech company in the world, though not even close to the largest), but you still avoid the fact that they have no original products. As for sales and market share, it largely depends on what source you look at -- NPD has been back and forth, IDC hasn't noticed much of an upswing in shipments, and an article referencing (or non-referencing, more accurately) statements an executive of Apple makes are decidedly one sided. As for market share:

What they sell to their fans is not a product, but an identity. Millions of consumers feel that all they need to do is buy an Apple product and they're instantly an artist or DJ. You can watch them in line at a coffee shop spot each other with iPhones in hand, nodding to each other in a silent acknowledgement as if they belong to an exclusive club. Apple is no longer the 'rebel' as envisioned in their iconic 80s commercial, but now plays the role of the 'conformist'.

I have a close personal friend who has lusted after the iPhone for years, and months back finally got one. The poor chump has no idea to do with this marvelling piece of tech, besides play angry birds and use it as a phone (he can't even figure out how to set up his email and facebook apps). He didn't buy an iPhone because it had the capability in a phone he wanted/needed -- he just wanted to be part of the exclusive club, and meanwhile I chuckle every time he answers his phone upside down.

And head hunted..? I suppose not.. I've always avoided working in the tech industry, unless you count a few websites (why ruin a passion by turning it into work?). I was even originally going to be a lawyer, though the concept made me sick to my stomach. I'd rather avoid working in a office with a barcode pinned to my chest, honestly.

And, I suppose I may indeed be a brainiac -- at least when compared to your horrid grammar.

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