Editor’s note: The following was written and researched by fellow Pocketnow reader, Robb Cabansag.
The recent stories about Apple resizing an image of the Galaxy Tab in recent court papers prompted me to download the 44-page PDF of the motion filed in the EU. After going through the document I am flummoxed that a judge could have ruled against Samsung based in-full or even in-part of the contents.
I’ve gone through the entire document and based on the imagery alone (I don’t speak German), I’ve found more than a few discrepancies that to me, border on falsifying evidence.
Before I get started I want you all to know I’m not pro or con anyone in this battle. Heck I don’t really care for Apple or the Android OS, but I do believe in Android’s right to exist and Samsung’s right to bring new products to market.
I have also been in the design field for almost 20 years and can clearly see the manipulation and photographic trickery used throughout the document.
Let’s get started. Shall we?
First on pages 3 and 4, you’ll see pictures of both the gray and white Galaxy Tabs. One obvious feature on the front side of both is the white Samsung logo.
If you look at the photographs on pages 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 32, 35, 36 & 39, you’ll notice the logo has disappeared. I can only assume that it was “shopped” out to make the Galaxy Tab’s front look more like the featureless iPad’s.
Moving on to the comparison images on page 26, you can clearly see the Galaxy Tab is scaled out of proportion as it looks more square then even the iPad next to it. Keep in mind the Galaxy Tab’s screen ratio is 16:10 while the iPad’s is 4:3.
Now on to the image that started the controversy
I’ve taken the liberty of placing an image of the Galaxy Tab in scale to the left of the iPad. The Samsung device is clearly longer and thinner.
Also, notice Apple is using a screenshot of the My Apps screen and comparing it to their home screen. They are obviously trying to imply that the initial user experience is the same, when in truth the Galaxy Tab home screen is much different. Note, that the two images used are most likely renders of the Galaxy Tab. So neither screen is exact to the shipping product. All I can go on is what I’ve seen at the Samsung website, and nothing there looks remotely like what Apple is showing.
The image of the Galaxy Tab has also been flipped horizontally. It’s tough to see until you lighten the image, but the camera and side buttons/ports are on the wrong side of the device. In portrait mode, the buttons/ports should be on the top right side, not top left.
Lastly, apart from having obviously edited images in this document, Apple also tries its best to liken the Galaxy Tab to the iPad through creative shot angles. Looking at the images on pages 27, 36 & 39, it is clear that Apple is shooting the iPad from as extreme a perspective as they can while shooting the Galaxy Tab as straight-on possible. On the “box” shot of the products, Apple has gently nudged the bottom of the iPad box up ever so slightly and took the picture from slightly right of center to minimize the height difference between the two devices.
While not as egregious as flat-out doctoring images, this practice is clearly intended to mislead the viewer and make the devices seem more similar than they actually are.
Apple should be ashamed of itself for trying to deceive the court and the public in this manner. It should be ashamed of itself for trying to stifle a product that can only help drive innovation in the tablet space through competition.
As an aside, an Engadget user posted a comment pointing to an article about a Samsung digital photo frame circa March 2006, a full five years before the iPad 2 existed.
It doesn’t look like Samsung’s design sensibilities have changed much over the years. Thin out the bezel and this could be the Galaxy Tab.
Let’s look at this another way
Who should be suing who?