Samsung copies Apple. Again.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
While I much prefer to work with my Mac, I still use a PC netbook, mainly for Skype calls and light working away from the office. I've got a Samsung N150 netbook running Windows 7, complete with the random smattering of apps preloaded by OEMs. Now, really, the netbook isn't so bad for its specs, but I must admit it's a far cry from the performance of even an iPad 1.
But, being the good owner I am, I decided to check for updates and let Windows try to keep itself running. I thought I'd check out the included BatteryCare app while I was waiting, and it, too, decided it wanted to update. Fine, whatever: update thyself, and I'll wait. And then I was dumbfounded to see the Apple Update icon pop up on my taskbar ... only to notice that the BatteryCare app that Samsung included was using Apple's Update Icon!
Congrats, Samsung. This netbook, white plastic and red lid and bulging battery, would never be mistaken for an Apple product. But you still had to rip off something from Apple in it!
So being the good blogger I am, I hastily took a screenshot to save the stolen icon for posterity. And at that exact moment, the BatteryCare updater crashed.
Guess they still haven't figured out how to copy Apple's software stability yet...
Update: As pointed out in the comments, BatteryCare is not made by Samsung. However, it was bundled with the laptop when I purchased it new, apparently as part of the Battery Life Extender package Samsung distributes for the netbook. Regardless of whether it was made by Samsung or not, it was obviously sanctioned by someone in Samsung for inclusion in their netbook, which is a rather bad choice seeing as it includes an icon that was ripped off from Apple.