So, Apple have scored their first major hit in the patents brouhaha that has been going on for a while.
I had no idea that we would ever have these patent wars on our hands in the mobile industry. I however did not like the way that every Tom, Dick, and Harry began to ape Apple’s iPhone after that device was released years ago. Suddenly, it was as if all manufacturers lost their heads and creativity was largely thrown to the dogs. Every smartphone wanted to be a slab. Every smartphone wanted to do pinch-to-zoom.
It was mediocrity at best, and stupidity at worst. Apple made a huge impression because they were creative and did something different. But everyone now wanted to make a similar impression by aping Apple. That’s “insiwination.” No; that is not a dictionary word. It is a word that I coined years ago. In Yoruba language, an “asiwin” is a mad man. Insiwination is my coined word to give special effects to madness. Aping Apple is madness.
Why must every smartphone be a slab? Why must everyone be outdoing themselves to copy the iPhone? Dolts! Even if you had to create a slab, must you ape the iPhone?
Followers of this blog know that I don’t like iOS much. It is pretty much unusable for me. But I have never denied that iOS is innovative. I don’t give a dog a bad name to hang it. In its current state, iOS is not for me, but that doesn’t make it bad or terrible.
You can argue all you like, but I insist that a company like RIM should leverage on their strength – the hardware QWERTY keyboard (which they have perfected to a fine art) and their range of services. We all don’t want iPhone-look-alikes. I want a BlackBerry, not an iPhone. If I want an iPhone, I will go buy one. I insist that Windows Phone is truly innovative. Even though running a slab-based UI, it is different. Like it or hate it, Windows Phone is innovative.
After reading news of the Apple-Samsung judgement, I got angry. I got angry, not with Apple, but with the stupid, stupid mobile manufacturers who have become good at only one thing: aping an outsider who sneaked into your court and stole your game. Sorry losers, all of them. Shame. This could have been avoided if they had innovated and been creative, instead of being lousy copy-cats.
Hopefully, with this present reality, our mobile manufacturers will head back to the drawing board and get creative once again. Perhaps then, consumers can begin to enjoy real choices once again.
Sue them, Apple. Sue their sorry behinds. All of them.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.