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Best Buy: Customers returned Samsung tablets because they thought they were getting iPads

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:30PM EST

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Here come some more juicy tidbits from recently unsealed documents tied to the upcoming Apple (AAPL) vs. Samsung (005930) extravaganza! From rejected settlement offers to muscle flexing on both sides, things are starting to heat up in San Jose, California. In the latest round of documents examined by All Things D, a few new items of interest have been uncovered. Whether or not Samsung’s Android devices are really Apple “copycats” is often debated in court and on tech blogs, but some newly uncovered internal Samsung documents suggest that Samsung may have its work cut out for it while trying defend its designs.

Samsung was forced by the court to furnish a number of internal documents, and similarities between Samsung’s Android devices and Apple’s wares are apparently often a topic of discussion. The papers include records of several Samsung employees discussing the similarities themselves. According to one document, Samsung even had a number of reports from Best Buy stating that customers were returning Samsung’s Galaxy tablets because when they bought them, they thought they were getting iPads.

The South Korea-based consumer electronics giant is currently doing its best to prevent these damning documents from being used in the trial, for obvious reasons. If they are permitted as evidence, however, it could certainly spell trouble for Samsung.


Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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