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Apple gets smacked down again

Apple is on the warpath when it comes to protecting its two biggest moneymakers: the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung has been Apple's favorite punching bag [1][2][3][4] [5], but Motorola has seen its fair share of attention from Apple as well. Now Motorola can add another victory to its tally in the fight against Apple.
An Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission found that Motorola's Droid family doesn't infringe upon the following three Apple patents:
U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 [Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces]
U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 [Multipoint touchscreen]
U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 [Object-oriented system locator system]

Not surprisingly, Motorola was quite pleased with the ruling and released the following statement:
We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.
Apple could not be reached for comment.

Sources: CNET, U.S. ITC

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By Solandri on 1/16/2012 1:42:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not really sure what the point is debating along these lines. The difference between the top phones is so small the only people who are going to notice or care are Apple/Android fanbois. But for sake of accuracy, the Galaxy Nexus topped the iPhone 4S in CPU benchmarks. The Galaxy Nexus went on sale in November, a month after the iPhone 4S. The Galaxy S2 was released about half a year before the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S still ranks highest in GPU speed. I really wish Anand would come up with some 2D GPU benchmarks though. I don't particularly care how smoothly my phone can play 3D games. I do care how smooth the scrolling animation is.

I do agree the iPhone has better developer support. I don't see that lasting though. China just passed the U.S. to become the largest smartphone market. Chinese buyers don't have as much income to buy the (relatively) expensive iOS apps though. As lesser developed nations start to make up a larger share of smartphone sales, the only direction the price for market apps can trend is down.

For me personally, I find much of the iPhone hardware to be crippling for my needs. A 3.5" screen is too small. I prefer a real keyboard (virtual keyboards with auto-correct suck for typing passwords and coding/CLI commands). The black blacks on the AMOLED are very sexy for showing photos on the phone. And I like being able to use microSD cards for storage (buy a 32GB card once, and just transfer it to the next phone I buy instead of having to pay a $100 premium with each phone upgrade).

But that's just me. Different people have different priorities, and I don't begrudge anyone who prefers the feature set of the iPhone.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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