Show me an automobile that worked like the 1969 Chevy Imapala before the Model T Ford.
Seriously, the expectations you put into your request are ridiculous. I hate to burst your bubble, but Apple didn't invent the form factor. They made a very slick and top-line version of that form factor, and for that they definitely deserve credit. That doesn't constituting treating the company like they invented the wheel.
Yes, WinMo sucked before (and arguably after) the development of iOS. No one disputes that. But Samsung made WinMo phones well before a better platform (iOS and Android) came along. And Samsung was at least good enough at it that Apple has been paying them to make their screens for the iPhone. So please spare us all the overblown nonsense.
Don't get me wrong, I like many of Apple's products (typing this comment on one). But Apple is the one who started this fight, and Samsung has always just been a proxy in Apple's war on Google. +Mike Elgan
is plenty aware of this as well, which is why these hyperbole-filled posts of his are disappointing to me. Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola-- these companies pretty much created the smartphone market. And last year Apple went nuts with patent lawsuits trying to take these companies down (and failing). So this sneering at some of the companies who took abuse in 2012 finally fighting back is short-sighted, short-memory platform bias.
If you like the iPhone better than Android phones, that's fine by me. But let's all be serious, practical people and recognize that this isn't a battle that Samsung initiated, and it's not the isolated case where Samsung is the only company that seems irrationally focused on others. For cryin out loud, Apple's slow/stagnant growth last year was due to too much focus on its patent wars.