Samsung takes a page off the Apple Stores book, opens a similar one Down Under

Samsung takes a page off the Apple Stores book, opens a similar one Down Under
The jury deliberations in the Apple-Samsung patent trial are underway, but Apple might as well open a new front, if it held patents relating to the look and feel of its retail outlets, the Apple Stores.

Samsung is opening a new store Down Under, that borrows the clean, minimalistic look of the open floor and display stands that Apple's retail locations are so recognizable with. Not that there aren't other stores out there with similar arrangement - boutique designer shops come to mind - but Samsung is reportedly even planning to title its crew of customer service reps "Samsung Smart Tutors", as they will all be "geniuses" in their Samsung gear knowledge, apparently.

Controversial? You bet, it's as if Samsung is sticking it in the face of a lawsuit evidence waiting to happen, now that the trial as at its end stages, but its Australian store is also loaded with TVs and other gear that Apple doesn't make, so we'll see if there will be any reaction to the Samsung store developments Down Under.

source: SMH via AllThingsD



1. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

el oh el

10. MeoCao unregistered

I don't see anything bad about it. Did Apple invent this kind of store?

15. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Shamesung. After doing these kind of shameless copycat, in the public they will tell " our designers did not sleep more than 3 hours / day to make this design & all our design is inspired by nature" LOL.

17. MeoCao unregistered

Luxury brands have such stores for years, in fact SS has many more products to show than Apple.

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Apple didn't invent minimalist store design. This isn't new design for Samsung stores, either. This looks better than an apple store. If only because doesn't look like a proctologist's waiting room.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why does Samsung keep trying to take a page out of Apple's book? That's what got them into trouble the first time.

34. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

it does seem bad on samsungs part, but now maybe they just wanna rub it in Apple's face and copy stuff as an insulting joke

2. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

been there nice place and stuff apple all carriers have something similar to that and so do microsoft stores they should just stop b*tching and instead of wasting money in court spend it in innovation

18. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Nokia also had their own store in Manhattan around 57th Street. This was before the Apple Store I think.

3. Aeires unregistered

Nice to see all that Samsung blue.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That's good old phone arena for ya. Watch apple try to sue for this too.

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Come on, so Apple's the only one allowed to make stores that showcase their devices?

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Article title is not free from usual bias that one sees here on this site ... and it's such bias that keeps driving me further away from iProducts :)

6. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Can I buy refrigerators there? :p

8. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

looking at the pleothra of electronics at their disposal, its obvious that samsung will open a store in the near future.

9. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

it doesn't look like an apple store at all. it's just a doppelganger of an apple retail store

11. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

hhahahahah there he is, the samsung smart guy :'D Now this takes copying to a whole new level...

12. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Seriously what the hell is wrong with that. Sony,s got sony world. Nokia has Nokia care. Why cant Samsung have their own store? There are so many stores out there that look like the apple store.

13. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Hasnt apple patented retail stores?

21. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

It's not about it being a RETAIL STORE, it's about it being a retail store that is copying the Apple one so hard that costumers walk out disappointed because they had thought they'd buy an iPad or a MacBook in it.

37. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

If one walks into a store with a HUGE blue samsung sign on it, and expects to buy a Apple device, one should not be dissapointed, one should be shot...

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ahh, another troll bait article. had they said "samsung opens store in australia" no one would care. but you say they are copying apple somehow, then here come the trolls, all ready to fight. they are not copying anyone. just about every store is opening with an open and low clutter design. its just easier to find things and it looks better. When apple gets a patent for store design then we can worry about who's copying who. However, just like many Apple patents, apple was not the first to have this design by far, websites just like giving them credit to get hits.

19. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

If you are trying to say this is anything other than copying Apple, you're in some serious denial.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

or the fact that apple did not invent the concept, and outside of tech sites, no one says "apple like store". Go outside once and a while.

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I have Gone to the Motorola Stores in CA, and trust me they don't look anything like Apple stores.. Samsungs keeps mocking Apple and and you still defend them.. hope Samsung get what is coming to them.. Once Burger King tried to do a Store back in the 80's to look like McDonalds. guess what happened. they change the design to what it is today

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im not defending anyone. Im just tired of apple getting credit for crap it didnt invent. Apple copied the look from other tech stores. Hell, VZW went to an extremely similar concept like 5 years ago. So have many up scale stores for a long time. You guys are exactly what I'm talking about. This troll bait article was designed to bring you out to start "look at samsung copying" arguments. Good job.

30. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Samsung is not copying Apple. They are copying Sony because the Samsung store is selling TV's that Apple does not sell in their stores. Sony sells TV's in theirs.

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

again apple prove that they can make people people think they were 1st at everything. ..Microsoft has minimalist stores so do Sony so do best buy etc etc.. believe it or not there has been stores like this before apple but as always apple likes to make people believe they were 1st and even "professionals" like you fall for it.

20. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

They obviously didn't copy Apple at all. I mean look at the store there's no screaming children, teenagers playing on computers they can't afford, and It looks like there are employees are not "busy" doing anything, completely different from any Apple store I've visited.

22. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Lmao Samsung is always a step behind. When are they going to be the first to do something do they won't look like a copycat

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