NYT Profiles Samsung’s Copying Ways Against Apple and Other Companies


Here’s a great Sunday read coming your way. The New York Times profiles the Samsung and its well-known copying ways; not just with smartphones but with TVs and more:

Still, the [$1.05 billion] ruling reminded South Koreans of something their country painfully lacked, a shortcoming magnified by comparisons between Samsung and Apple.

Although the name Samsung is synonymous with sophistication among South Koreans, the company has never created a product so innovative that it has defined an era in consumer culture, like the Sony Walkman or the Apple iPhone.

“Copying and clever upgrading are no longer viable,” the daily JoongAng Ilbo, the International Herald Tribune’s publishing partner in South Korea, lectured in an editorial. “Samsung must reinvent itself as a first-mover, despite the huge risks involved in acting as a pioneer, if it hopes to beat the competition.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–Samsung doesn’t innovate, they just mimic others and churn out products with military-like precision and speed. Read the article and let me know what you think in the comments.


  • TomCrown


  • It’s in the first sentence. You missed it. 🙂

  • GrandMasterFlash

    It’s always hard to make something no one has seen before. There is a lot of thinking that goes into all the nuances of design and development. Billions get spent on R&D. Billions can be avoided if you copy. 1 billion is a slap in the wrist but on the right track. now, why should you innovate Samsung asks secretly. ALL other competitors to Apple in the smartphone market are in trouble except the only one that copied massively. 1 Billion penalty for a company that earned 45 billion in the quarter on non-innovation. Brutal. For once I’m hoping Microsoft and Rim come back to crush Samsung. At least they gave it a valid go at it (for the most part). Competition is actually healthy. Samsung, just brutal!

  • I’m all for competition, but like you said it has to be done right. No one else shameless ripped off the iPhone and iPad to the extent of Samsung. Neither Microsoft, Nokia or RIM copied Apple to the extreme like Samsung did.