Samsung knocking off iPad's smart cover

Discussion in 'iPad' started by radiogoober, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
  2. JeffMorse macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    Obviously a blatant rip, but who can blame them? It's a friggin brilliant design.
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  4. Virgo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    SMDH. Exact same colors, exact same design, even calling it a "smart case." WHY?
  5. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Well, if your gonna copy something, copy it right!! :D
  6. SPEEDwithJJ, Jul 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

    SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    Maybe Samsung is challenging Apple to sue the crap out of them & force them out of business?!?! :confused: :eek:

    Imagine a smartphone/tablet world without Samsung! :D
  7. radiogoober thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    I think it's pretty funny/pathetic that Samsung is basically trying to trick people into buying their products.
  8. hismikeness macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
    Even calling it the smart case. Verrrry little effort went in to hiding the blatant knock off.

    I bet 5 of 10 normal consumers would confuse the picture with the tablet standing upright as an iPad, and not a Samsung. Maybe 7 of 10. Hell, I had to double take. :eek:
  9. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ha, wow no kidding!

    I bet you're right about that! I didn't think it WASN'T an ipad until I read your post. Which is odd because the OS is obviously not iOS, but I didn't bat an eye.
  10. Samppaa macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2010
    First when I saw this on 9to5mac I thought it was a joke, but noticed it wasn't lol. Like someone said, smart case for apple legal :D
  11. cole01 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2008
    If I'm not mistaken I don't think this is made by Samsung.....but still, blatant knock off Smart Cover. :confused:
  12. tstarks33 macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    Samsung did not make it, but saying "Anymode knocking off iPad's smart cover" doesn't have the same ring to it :)
  13. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    I wonder if people actually read the article...

    Samsung did not make the cover. No, but they did certify it. So, they basically approved it. Try to bring it to US and apple will sue.
  14. tstarks33 macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    Yeah, but I wonder under what theory they'd sue. It's not like Apple owns the rights to all tablet covers. Also, not sure consumers would be confused, since this particular cover isn't used on ipads.
  15. Maschil macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
    sometimes i like the idea of copying if it makes a better project.. but to make a copy and make it worse... eh.....leaves a sour taste in my mouth...
  16. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    it isn't samsung. and, it actually is very different than the apple one. yes, they have the same colors. yes, it folds across the screen. neither of these cover features are especially innovative.

    the korean cover has a back side (unlike the apple cover), and does not make use of magnets (as far as i can tell).

    i know. it looks similar, but so do all clamshell computers. it's the little things that clearly set the apple product apart from competitors.
  17. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I notice that too so I'm not sure why people are comparing it to the Apple Smart cover. There are so many similar third party covers/cases for the iPad already. You just have to look at the numerous threads here of various cases to see how many of them have similarities to Apple's Smart cover.
  18. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Its a Samsung accessory, not made by Samsung, but by Anymode. Also, Apple isn't innocent of this either. Actually, if anything I'd say that Anymode ripped off Incase because their cover has a back.
  19. ethics101 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    Disgusting? Yeah since you work for Apple and competition hurts you and your company. Oh wait...I swear people some times. :rolleyes:
  20. *LTD*, Jul 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

    *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Samsung's certified Smart Cover, err . . . "Smart Case"

    This is interesting, given current events.

    Family ties earn this Smart Cover knock-off a Samsung certification and a place on their store shelves

    “Anymode Corp. is in the business of designing, manufacturing and selling a blatant Smart Cover rip-off,” Christian Zibreg reports for 9to5Mac.

    “Conveniently dubbed the Smart Case – obviously because Apple trademarked it – the accessory comes in five pastel color choices. It too can prop a tablet upwards and it folds like Apple’s accessory as well,” Zibreg reports. “The Smart Case is designed exclusively for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 – and not by a coincidence, warns our reader Jun.”

    Zibreg reports, “Apparently Sang-yong Kim, the Anymode CEO, was ‘born in Samsung family.’ …Furthermore, reader Jun explains, Anymode is selling its products in Samsung’s A/S center all over Korea. One final thing: Samsung has apparently certified the Smart Case.







    Sang-yong Kim, the Anymode CEO, is indeed the nephew of Samsung’s chairman Kun-Hee Lee. (Korean Article) Asia Economy:


    Anymode is not even attempting to conceal the Samsung link. The company describes itself on a LinkedIn page as:

    …a privately held firm founded in Korea in 2007, with “strong affiliation with Samsung Electronics for key accessories supplier globally”. And with strong business partnership with Samsung Electronics, “business has been grow rapidly and becoming one of fastest growing company that covers international retail channels with key distributors world-wide”, their business profile on LinkedIn boasts.

    Youngbo Engineering is Anymode’s parent company where Sang-yong Kim is also president and CEO. Youngbo too provides solutions for Samsung, including mobile phone accessories such as earphones, batteries, Bluetooth items and other products, says the LinkedIn page. Furthermore, reader Jun explains, Anymode is selling its products in Samsung’s A/S center all over Korea. One final thing: Samsung has apparently certified the Smart Case, as evident in the use of official branding in the two bottom shots.


  21. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    "Wow" pretty much sums up my reaction too. I couldn't believe it when I saw the articles on this copy!:eek:
  22. LanEvo macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    If it sells for less than half the price of the current Smart Cover and fully functions, I'll buy one. $40 a pop for a cover that easily dirties and the hinge gives off dust is not that great to deal with..., but hey I own one, and really enjoy its features...
  23. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007

    They didn't copy Apple, rather they copied Incase.
  24. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Wow, that's a blatant rip off. No two ways about it.

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