We've heard and read some really unusual things ever since this patent war between Apple and Samsung started, but this recent report is just so strange that we can't decide between laughing and weeping.
One might say we are being overly dramatic, but we would have to disagree. The things Samsung's documents are revealing
are outlandish enough on their own, even without us adding sensationalism.
Some time ago, Samsung was ordered to produce certain internal documents to be used as evidence in the case in San Jose, California.
Apple's lawyers are understandably giddy about this, and we can see why: some papers include reports from Best Buy, reports that said customers were returning Galaxy tablets because they thought they were getting iPads when they bought them.
Now, we guess this might be a point in favor of Apple saying that the products look too much alike, but that's not necessarily true. What we are truly baffled about is this: there is no way the product entry didn't clearly spell out the manufacturer and device name. We'd weep over humanity having apparently lost the ability to read, but that cannot be the case. The customers needed to have had at least some knowledge of written words if they puzzled through the website enough to reach what they wanted. This is most likely a case of people buying tablets as a gift to someone who later returned them because of not having received the tablet they wanted. If so, then there clearly are more than enough differences between the two slates. If there weren't, why would the recipient have felt the need to replace it at all? We'd go as far as saying that the worrisome documents aren't these reports, but the ones about some of Samsung's own employees discussing the similarities.
We'll have to see what comes of this if the files are permitted to be used as evidence. Knowing Samsung's luck, they probably will be.