I suppose that Samsung does exert more effort than Apple, for sure, just to ride the coattails. The company spends twice as much for R&D, much more for advertising. Samsung invests heavily in its own manufacturing; yet it only garners 30% of the profits. Apple gets the rest. The fact is - Samsung's incredible achievements to date were accomplished by following the leader. This will only take the company so far...soon it won't be able to follow. Only then will Samsung's true colors be displayed. -- Written by Ernie Varitimos, author of the Apple Investor blog.Follow @ConservatumThis article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.