Send in the iClones: Killer Instinct?!


Let's see, another day, another trade show, another shameless iPhone knockoff...

We've covered (and recovered) the disappointing iPhone-esque stylings of the new Blackberry, and the interwebs have pretty much beaten the Meizu into a sparking, frying pulp, yet it seems the mobile design world just can't get enough of Poppa Jobs' little industry revolutionizer.

It's been over a year since Macworld 2007, and what has Samsung been cooking up? Something totally unique, original, and game changing all their own? Something to keep pushing the industry forward? Er... not so much. Gizmodo brings us a quick look at the "new" Instinct, set to rock the Sprint network, in all its iPhone "homage" glory:

Samsung's Instinct may be the best stab at the coveted title of iPhone killah this CTIA.

Oh, really? Stalwart Apple pundit site Daring Fireball retorts:

I enjoy how in this initial report, based on a press release and press screenshots, Gizmodo dubs it a “decent iPhone competitor”, but then when they actually got to see one firsthand it ends up — surprise surprise — that it’s buggy as hell. Plus the web browser, despite the magic bullet of 3G networking, is “painfully slow”.

And provides a Twitter post from Macworld editorial director Jason Snell, both pithy and profound, to sum things up:

Dear writers, announcing an iPhone knockoff is not "upping the ante." It's not even calling. It's putting your watch into the pot.

So, is imitation the sincerest form of flattery or just a sign that no one else in the industry has any of their own Big Ideas anymore? Are you sticking with your iPhone, or just dying to rush out and snap up an iClone? What do you think?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Send in the iClones: Killer Instinct?!


shut up, and stop comparing the phone. if u want a iphone get it, u want instinct get it. but damn does err touch screen have to be compared to iphone. yall do more advertising then apple they self. to be honest i dont think i eva saw a iphone commerical. so for Godsake stop it

to hell with the iphone i saw the instinct june 25th and it wasent buggy or slow at ws the fastest load time (almost instant) iv ever seen on a phone.just because its buggy at a trade show (the iphone was too) doesent mean its going to stay that way.also i like the fact i dont have to go thru itunes for playing,loading or buying music.itunes is the worst,gave my ipod to my brother and bought a zune,much happier now.

the only worse thing bout instinct is lcd... so dam smal
anyway i hope ss launch super new haptic.