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I knew there was something I liked about the BlackBerry Bold Touch...

Summer 2011 BlackBerry Bold 9900/9970 pictured on top of the summer 2010 iPhone 4.

Fitting, given that when the original BlackBerry Bold 9000 launched, the design was widely seen as having been inspired by the original 2007 iPhone.

[Engadget]

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Steal

Apple is suing Samsung, in part for copying the look and feel of iPhone and iPad for their Galaxy S line of phones and tablets. The suit involves both patents and trademarks. This has led to some questions and some backlash.

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Android-based iPad knock-off gets hands-on

Phil from Android Central -- whom I adore down to his robotic little socks -- just loves to torture me by sending over links to stuff like Android-based iPad knock-offs that get a hands-on courtesy of one of his readers.

So what we've got here is a Chinese Android MID. It has four buttons -- the home button on the front (like the iPad's), menu and the volume rocker, and a power button.

It has a pair of speakers, one microphone, one microSD card slot, and one USB port.

The tablet has 1GB of internal storage. Not sure about RAM or ROM. It's built on Android 1.6. the kernel version is 2.6.29-00236-g4f8dbbb-dirty, and the Build number is 1.7.2. It has no market, but it has an "Apps Store."

Check out the link below for a photo gallery. Go on, I dare you.

(Hopefully when real Android tablets hit the market they'll be a little more differentiated than this...)

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Send in the iClones: BlackBerry App Store Edition

Our public frenemy number 1, CrackBerry Kevin, tipped us to RIM revealing details of their latest "innovation", the BlackBerry App Store (and no, we're not jaded that the company that once said touchscreens were a non-starter is now high-five'ing themselves silly over winning the self-awarded "breakthrough" prize for the Storm's SurePress at Mobile World Congress -- iSigh).

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Attack of the iClone Daily Double: WinMo 6.5 Phone iCon Looks Strangely Familiar...

One of these things is just like the other; one of these things is exactly the same...

Wow, we just got through listing the various ways Micrsoft is iCloning our beloved iPhone and its services, and now this? Bad enough they've taken the old hex grid from our AD&D days, but the iPhone Phone App, all green and rounded and gradient like?

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Attack of the iClones: Microsoft Retail Store Edition

First they clone the handsets. Then they clone the App Store. Then they clone MobileMe. (Not to mention Windows 7's "dock" block...) What's left for Microsoft to clone? The Apple Retail Stores, of course.

Enter: the Microsoft Store!

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Attack of the iClones: OPhone vs. iPhone

Android Central (via Gizmodo) brings us the latest in a long -- long -- line of... er... iPhone inspired smartphones. This one, however, will be running the Google mobile OS:

The OPhone is 1mm bigger than the original iPhone, has a dedicated camera button, 5MP camera, flash, microSD slot and 3.5mm headphone jack. Yeah. Sounds pretty flippin’ sweet to us too.

TiPb will reserve judgement until it launches, but it will be interesting to see Android on hardware other than the slider-trackball-touch G1. Won't it?

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Stephen Fry Pwns the iClones

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Nokia Leaks iClone: The Next Generation?

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