It isn't hard to see who is dominating this holiday season. Watch television for an hour and you're bound to see commercials for smartphones and tablet computers. But if you take a closer look you can see they're all just clones of Apple
I just envision product developers at electronics companies around the world waiting for Apple product launches to see what they're going to try and reverse engineer next.
It's just like an iPhone ... sort of
The smartphone copies started almost immediately after the iPhone was introduced and everyone saw the future. Now, most iPhone clones are made possible by Google's
Even mighty Microsoft
A tablet for everyone
Before Apple joined the tablet market with the iPad it seemed to be a business that could never really find its way. But since the iPad we've seen a plethora of copies including the super-hyped Samsung Galaxy Tab this holiday season. The Barnes & Noble
Of course, this is nothing new for Apple. In 2004 fellow Fool Alyce Lomax wrote of the attack of the iPod clones, which did little to derail Apple's dominance in music. It looks like a repeat attack on Apple's phone and tablet products this time around. We'll continue to see products keep coming out with fewer features, lower quality and lower prices. That's great for the discount shopper but not exactly a threat to Apple's business.
If imitation is the best form of flattery the electronics world is doing its best to flatter Apple this holiday season.
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