Samsung vs Apple: Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 may launch Samsung to the top of the smartphone game. Even with the debut of Apple's iPhone 5, Samsung Electronics was still able to report higher than ever fourth-quarter earnings thanks in large part to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
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Ever since the debut of the smaller, lighter iPhone 4 in 2011, Apple fans have been growing increasingly disappointed with the amount of innovation with each new model. The 2012 release of the iPhone 5 was met with a resounding, "Meh."
On the other end of the spectrum, Samsung has been slowly but surely rising in the smartphone ranks. Initial models were quite laughable when compared to their sleek competitor, the iPhone, but as Samsung continued pumping out models their phones began to look strangely familiar. Apple Inc. took notice.
Samsung and Apple have been embattled in bitter patent infringement lawsuits since 2011, with Apple currently working on a sales ban for Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone before its launch in 2014.