Originally Posted by holymadness
If Samsung came up with all the ideas for the iPhone before Apple, why didn't Samsung produce the iPhone? Or a phone even a tenth as innovative? For years?
That's irrelevant. Samsung clearly looked at the success of the iPhone and moved closer to its look in the 18 months or so between the release of the iPhone 3G and the Galaxy S.
But the point is that they had similar designs of their own in the past, so the look and feel of the Galaxy S is also rooted in their own past work. Not just these prototypes, but also in the clean styling of their photo frames and TVs, and of at least one of their music players. Yes, the success of the iPhone informed their choice of which of their in-house styles to follow, but no, it's not a case of 100% copying.
Touchwiz is their more blatant attempt to make the phone feel more like an Apple device, and I do think sanctions are in order there, but even with Touchwiz you'll note that the patents that Apple were able to get a verdict on are ones that are raising an eyebrow with the observers of prior art and 'obviousness'. Bounce back, pinch to zoom and double-tap to zoom? Patentable?