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Google’s Nexus Tablet Isn’t Helping Wrap Rage

Like road rage, wrap rage is one of those things that comes out after a long day in which just nothing seems to go right, and all you want to do is open a package, but you can’t! You can’t, because it’s like a tiny Fort Knox for the gadget inside, specially designed to cause the most frustration possible when trying to open it. No, that’s not a joke; plastic clamshells are made with two requirements:

  • Make it easier for employees to stock
  • Make it harder for shoplifters to steal

The customer doesn’t figure into that equation at all, despite the fact that we’re the ones paying for it. Earlier this year, plastic clamshell packaging was voted the worst piece of design ever done by the users of Quora. Most manufacturers besides Apple don’t see anything wrong with that, but stores like Amazon and Walmart are trying to convince their manufacturers to actually think of the customers for a change. In the meantime, the latest news in the field is Google’s Nexus tablet, which is supposed to compete with the iPad, but unlike the iPad is thoroughly frustrating to even take out of its box. Below, a montage of frustrating Nexus unboxings, followed by a nice iPad one, followed by a hilarious clip of Larry David trying to open a clamshell on Curb Your Enthusiasm:

Via The Atlantic and The Atlantic Wire

The iPad Is Now Legally Cooler Than Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet

Apple has been suing Samsung in ten countries all over the world to stop the sale of its tablets, because they are too much like the iPad. It’s had mixed success so far, winning an injunction to stop the sale of Samsung tablets in the EU, then seeing that applied to just Germany, getting a ban for the tablets in Australia, then seeing it temporarily lifted, and getting a ban for US sales. The latest battle happened in the UK, where Apple lost because the judge couldn’t really buy Apple’s claim that anyone would mistake the Samsung tablets for iPads:

They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different. – Judge Colin Birss

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

 

It technically counts as a win for Samsung, but does it really count as a win in real life?

 

Via CBS News