Apple this week pulled out what it hopes will be a trump card in its courtroom battle with Samsung over allegations that the rival device maker copied the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad devices. The supposed trump card is a 132-page internal Samsung document from 2010 in which the company directly compares the Galaxy S1's shortcomings to the iPhone in a variety of areas, with recommendations on how to improve them.
The document, which is uploaded to Scribd and first reported on by CNet, covers nearly every aspect of the Galaxy S1 and is titled "Relative Evaluation Report on S1, iPhone." In it, Samsung said it discovered a total of 126 issues, the majority of which related to "basic functions." Seemingly trivial things like the fact that Samsung's Memo and Calculator apps weren't supported in landscape mode were compared against the iPhone in a series of side-by-side diagrams. From making calls to browsing the Web, as well as nearly two dozen items related to visual interaction effects, Apple's iPhone provided the better experience.
Samsung's document is by no means damning, however. There's no doubt Samsung will argue it was simply putting in the proper research by comparing its device against the iPhone.