I went bearish on [RIM] partially because of the company's apparent inability to do anything other than put out cheap imitations of [Apple] products. And, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted when introducing iPad 2, RIM is not alone ...Practically every smartphone and tablet produced since the iPhone and iPad did nothing other than cheaply imitate Apple. Steve Jobs produced products that people love. The so-called competition could do nothing other than hope to pick up Apple's scraps with cheap knock-offs. Clearly, it didn't work. As Samsung gets embarrassed in court, don't forget about the other offenders. RIM and HP look equally as bad with inventory write-downs and strategy shift after strategy shift. It's a strange irony: As usage of mobile devices goes through the roof, much of the industry sits in disarray. If it did not promote Android as an open system, Google (GOOG) would likely qualify as part of the larger mess.
Using this type of logic, I should chide [Amazon] for the same, yet I do not ... A couple of differences exist between an innovative company like Amazon playing copycat and the old guard or beleaguered companies like RIM and Motorola doing likewise.
Vindication for Steve Jobs: Apple Punkslaps Samsung
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