There is a little bit of bad blood though between Apple and Android and the fact that Steve Jobs ones said that Android is a stolen invention makes many wonder what the late man was talking about.
But that’s not the story anyway, the iPhone X sort of mimicking Android smartphones is what made me laugh a bit when the device was launched on the 12th of September 2017.
Apple’s iPhone is very recognizable with the presence of the iconic home button which is used as a full-backward button to navigate the device.
This had been going on for a decade now and suddenly Apple took it off makes me wonder what Apple was really thinking.
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While many Android devices makers have taken little copy of iPhones, even Samsung had to get sued during the release of its GALAXY s2.
Now do we say it’s time for Android phones to be copied too? Well it depends on how you see the iPhone X in question.
When Samsung for example launched its Galaxy S8 this year with the sudden disappearance of its home buttons and other function keys besides it, it wasn’t an entirely new trend because since Android 5.0, makers have started moving their touch buttons right into the screen so no physical buttons of any kind on these Android phones.
The addition of The Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and many more big names made us realise that Android was moving to another level of design and form probably.
And the absence of that home button on the iPhone X was like a big leap to join the league of the Droids? Well, Apple is a premium designer and wouldn’t copy but innovate.
Most Chinese phone makers usually build phones that mimic iPhones in many ways right from their designs, body frames and even the bezel level.
Now, it might be a win win for those that copy the Apple designs considering its lack of home button. Since Android phones have adopted the on-screen navigation style, then narrowing their bezels will eventually make them to continue to be in control of those looks from The far-east.
Apple’s premium phone which is well fitted with some exotic hardware and very powerful add-ons might be a big deal of a copy for these makers but the truth is making a nearly bezel-less smartphone (Which resides within the casing) though with less powerful hardware and components might be a really win win too for them.
Another thing of interest to me is the fact that these makers usually claim to bring their fingerprints sensor to the front (Which mimics iPhones) for the sake of convenience. Consider the Innjoo 3, Infinix Note 4 (which looked more like a Samsung Galaxy S7), HTC One A9 (I’ve mistakenly called this one an iPhone 6 while staring at it from behind) all of which adopted the so-called convenience opting to bring in their sensors to the front.
I wonder if they will still have those sensors living in the front considering the fact that Apple had even ripped off its own home button design which was a lookalike for those sensors in other maker’s gadgets.
My thoughts for this being that iPhones are quite expensive and not entirely affordable on the global scale makes many to opt in for those lookalikes.
Imagine the iPhone X which is nearly a whooping $999.99 compared to a conventional $70 Lookalike.
But it’s not a problem.
A mod economy country like South Africa for example, people would opt to use a nice gadget with premium look (would want premium values too) but considering the huge price that comes with this makes many to settle for the lookalikes.
I wouldn’t admit that these companies are trying to help sub sahara Africa gain a traction of the look of premium phones like the iPhone as they might have claimed, I just feel it is not very right to make us look more comfortable with a mimic or parody rather than the real thing itself.
Although many people have different tastes and what they’d wish to use in terms of gadgetry values. A mere lookalike casing doesn’t copy the entirety of those values within the case.
So a powerful LED touch screen, a powerful RAM, processor and strong hardware makes the differences.
Samsung had continued to seek its own path to becoming more innovative especially since its Galaxy S7 Edge which looked very awesome.
And the introduction of the stunning Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 makes me realise that the company is really a policy maker.
Others such as LG especially with its amazing G6, the V30, Google’s Pixel XL are all amazing and looks awesome making their own design and looking more like themselves rather than trying to be like others.
The near bezel-less might still be an obstacle to those copycat makers which might probably take them time to adjust to while we expect the premium makers to speed way forward.