The judge probably represents a typical consumer. Not very sophisticated in matters of technology and prone to follow the herd in opinion and taste. In the mid 90s, forest green and tan color schemes on convertibles and SUVS were the hot color in automobiles. Before that it was two-tones, gold and silver, for example. These denoted "luxury". In the early 2000s, these deep, rusty metallic reds were the hot color. I just saw a brown car with this deep, rich metallic paint that looked something like a root-beer flavored Tootsie Pop. I'm predicting this color will be the "must have" color for automobiles over the next couple of years. Like all the "luxury colors" that came before it, eventually the popularity will flame out. Too many people will have it, too many brands will copy it. When your neighbor can get a KIA in the same exclusive color as your Porsche, suddenly it doesn't seem so luxurious.
Apple has consistently been able to hit this mass-consumer appeal sweet-stop in design. They're good at broad appeal. Samsung, Motorola, ASUS, Acer - none of them have been as good at competing for this broad appeal. That is simply the truth.
But remember, Apple launched themselves back into viability by being the "Think different" company. Now, everyone thinks like them. Being into Metallica was "cool", until Metallica becomes so big and mainstream that being into Metallica just isn't cool anymore. Apple is fast approaching that wall.