Originally Posted by jjallenupthehill
So - having looked at the whole picture, what is the overwhelming conclusion that any normal person ought to draw?
Come on - be sensible
That's the thing...the whole picture. While some Samsung products have been similar to competitors, most current ones are not. I've never even seen that phone you linked to in person. They make a very wide range of products. You cannot effectively argue, for example, that the SIII infringes on iPhone design.
You pick and choose things here and there and then claim that's proof of copying. The size, shape, and arrangement of icons is simply logical with a capacitive touch device that size. I had an iPhone theme on my Palm for awhile, in my opinion the diffferences are not as great as you claim, and certainly those icons are not the great invention you imply them to be.
I am not going to sit here and claim that Samsung never copies anything. However I will stand by my statement that Apple has been just as bad if not worse throughout much of their history. Take a look at their notification bar for example. Look at the pending lawsuits agains them for technology infringement.
I feel I am being perfectly rational as I will not deny Samsung used Apple for inspiration on many design aspects. However there is a difference between inspiration and design infringement. Where I feel you are not being rational is that you refuse to admit it goes both ways.