Say whatever you will about the whole Apple / Samsung court case, it is becoming very clear that Samsung had a clear case of iPhone envy at one point. Apple today released this 132 page evidence document to the court, and as such, it got released to the public. Titled “Relative Evaluation Report on S1, iPhone”, this document by Samsung’s Product Engineering Team in 2010 gives some pretty harsh criticism to the Galaxy S’s interface, and compares it step by step to the iPhone.
As you browse through the document, the Samsung engineers often give a “Directions for Improvement”, which has slowly started filtering into Samsung’s later skins over Android. The opposite is also true though – many of the elements of Android which were considered to “complex” have also found their way into iOS, for example the pull down notification tray.
The final thing to remember about this kind of document is that it does not prove Samsung copied the Apple look and feel – it can be argued that this is simply part of a thorough product comparision procedure, which is pretty standard in any research and development environment. For all that we know, there might be a similiar document comparing Samsung’s TouchWiz with Windows Phone as well.
So what do you think? If this the kind of document that will give Apple a slam dunk? Or do you think Apple is barking up the wrong tree?