I went bearish onPractically 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.
RIMpartially because of the company's apparent inability to do anything other than put out cheap imitations of Appleproducts. And, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted when introducing iPad 2, RIM is not alone ...
Using this type of logic, I should chide
Amazonfor 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.
Amazon stands as one of the few companies not rendered inferior by Apple. That's because Amazon has a strategy other than trying to leach off of Apple's magic. Jeff Bezos is smart enough to know that he cannot compete with Apple on hardware sales. As such, he did not put out Kindle Fire because of Apple; he put it out because of Amazon. Bezos introduced an innovative strategy to drive his company's core -- e-commerce sales. It just so happens that one track he took as a means to this end is a mediocre knock-off. That's something for which Bezos gets little credit. Much like Jobs often did, Bezos took something that already existed, tailored it to his needs and furthered his company's supremacy. It would be fantastic if the Apple-Samsung verdict spawns similar innovation. Tech companies need to conceive ways to not simply attempt to replicate, but utilize their peers' successes to drive their versions of triumph. In a perfect world, the most dynamic firms will take it a step further by introducing products and services we never could have imagined until they put them in front of us. Set by Jobs, that's a lofty and potentially impossible bar to reach. But, as not only the Samsung results, but Apple's overall dominance proves, Silicon Valley has no other choice but to reach for it. Follow @RoccoPendola At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.