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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lenovo steals Apple's iPhone design for "oPhone"

China leads the world in intellectual property theft, and Apple's IP is a juicy target. But usually rip-off counterfeits are produced by disreputable, back-room shops and illicit factories nobody's ever heard of. Now, it appears, that international computing giant Lenovo is getting into the act. The company's new Android handset is called the oPhone, and the software interface looks a LOT like the iPhone's.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks quite a bit different to me.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:20:00 AM  
Blogger Cookie said...

Yeah, crossed with the awkwardness of windows mobile :s ugly!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... I wonder where did Apple steal their product design from? Wait, when an American company does it, it's paying homage or borrowing, but when and Asian company does it...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cry me a river Apple fanboy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO China!
#1! #1!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping Android would provide something great to rival the iPhone. Not just another crop of half baked ideas and knock offs. It looks like Android is still a year or more away from being great.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iphone was a trademarked named used by Cisco for their mobile phone before apple just took it.

apple's Iphone looks suspiciously familiar to LG's prada phone which came out first and won design awards before the iphone was even announced.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I hate Apple crap products

who cares?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger cooleye said...

Looks like another typical UI to me.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Tuesday, March 24, 2009 1:19:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Yeah I'm with everyone else on this one. I doesn't really look all that much like an iphone. Actually I immediately thought of Android first when I saw it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 2:19:00 PM  
Blogger Daniel Platt said...

"Iphone was a trademarked named used by Cisco for their mobile phone before apple just took it."

I believe that to have been a publicity stunt that worked to Apple's and Cisco's advantage.

Cisco currently do licence the trademark to Apple.. otherwise they'd have sued by now.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 2:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah... Like Apple came up with this nice GUI without copying. Like I've never seen large black numbers or Yahoo Wigets before.
If Lenovo gives me a stylish phone with keypad and a flash port that accepts 16G with unlocked Android GUI then count me in. I'll be the first in line to buy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 2:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone so afraid of doing Multi Touch. Apple's pantent is a fraud and can't stad up in court. There's plenty of prier art. Anyone ever seen the Minority Report with Tom Cruise or lets go back even further to Jonny Mnemonic. Small companies started doing multi touch monitors long before apple stole the idea. You see these screens on most News Channels like CNN.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:03:00 PM  
Blogger Xiao Han said...

Lol, if the author using the word steal because Lenovo is using similar look icon in the UI, I would not surprise that when Japanese car manufacturers making their FTO, MR2 etc. copy DB9, Ferrari's shape.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

steal ? sorry this is just an interface. did you really see the Ophone, it is way better looking than the Apple Iphone.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:42:00 PM  
Blogger Patola said...

Why do you insist on this nomenclature - "intellectual property theft"? It is a paradox, there can't be theft if you don't subtract anything from the other part. Besides, intellectual property is a generic term for different concepts. Specifically for patents and copyright, they are artificial rights conceded with one purpose in mind, incentivate innovation with the reward for the innovators. However, if it fails to meet this purpose or if it is deemed harmful for the society, it should not be there.

'Intellectual property' also does not give the same rights as (real) property.

That said, what is called 'intellectual property' is not property at all. There is an abyss among these concepts, and only by brainwashing and persistently using these terms you can convince people otherwise.

Ok, now to the point:

You get to the weakest example of intellectual property - computer interfaces, which ideally should be copied everywhere with no restrictions -, get an interface that 'looks like' (to me it seems very different) and tries to conclude that it is 'theft' by LeNovo? This is a long, long, very long shot, inappropriate for such a nice blog. I have been following your blog for a long time, but it is a pity that you buy all this 'intellectual property' ideology by the status quo holders.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the U shaped boner phone icon. It's hotttt...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

China filling the void that Microsoft has done for the last 20 years.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger Stevey Ayo said...

yeah this is why i hate apple fanboys... EVERYTHING looks like the iPhone to them especially if its better, case in point

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha!!! Unlike communist Apple, Android is OPEN SOURCE so you have choices like Fire Fox. I can change the interface on my Fire Fox. (I like the Walnut ad on.) So instead of all black background how about white with black letters. Red would be sweet! Hey... I think I'll change the interface every week! :P

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm still waiting for obama to bail me out maybe i could afford a low end tracphone

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 4:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Oh'guitar said...

They're not all that similar.

And they both suck.

I reiterate the sentiment of above poster who said

"who cares?"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lenovo (the PC manufacturer) sold it's phone business. Lenovo Mobile is a stand alone company.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice try fanboy. the "grid of icons" style homescreen was Palm's that apple stole from them

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 3:38:00 PM  
Blogger Legit Freebies Guy said...

What a ripoff!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 9:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The interface looks very different than the iphone's. The only resemblance i see are the icons. BIG WHOOP. They copied Apple's icons. Do you want some monopoly money in return? Crybabies.

Thursday, April 30, 2009 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhm, don't the Chinese do trademark or brand research?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:54:00 AM  

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