iPhone design ripped off Samsung? Not so much

Apple last week filed suit against Samsung for copying the "look and feel" of the iPhone with its line of Galaxy smartphones and tablets. In light of that, the photo below began making the rounds in the blogosphere and takes a hearty laugh at Apple for allegedly ripping off the Samsung F700. There's just one small problem...

Apple last week filed suit against Samsung for copying the "look and feel" of the iPhone with its line of Galaxy smartphones and tablets. As expected, Apple's lawsuit contains photos which show an uncanny resemblance between Apple's iPhone and a number of Samsung devices.

In light of that, the photo above began making the rounds in the blogosphere and started going viral in nerd circles. The photo takes a hearty laugh at Apple, intimating the absurdity of suing Samsung when Apple supposedly ripped off the Samsung F700, which had a 2.8-inch display mind you.

There's just one small problem. While the photo above might make great fodder for those reflexively inclined to believe that Apple has no case, the fact is that the photo is utterly misleading.

The Samsung F700, contrary to the photo above, was not first shown at CeBIT in 2006. Rather, the device was announced in 2006 but wasn't actually shown until February 2007 at the 3GSM World Congress, a full month after Apple had unveiled the iPhone to the masses. Moreover, the device didn't actually go on sale until December 2007.

The F700 did come with 3G right out the gate along with a 5MP camera, so it's not like the device was a complete dud. But the idea that Apple copied the look and feel of the F700 is downright laughable.

Indeed, a Gizmodo review of the F700 from February 2007 notes that Samsung's offering looks "awfully familiar." Moreover, AppleInsider cleverly observes that prior to the original iPhone announcement, the entirety of Samsung's mobile phone lineup resembled Nokia handsets.

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