"My old man still asks to this day "Is that an iPhone?" " That is nothing but an indicator of apple's marketing genius. They managed to embed themselves in the public's consciousness and therefore became synonymous with touch-screen phones.
"the phones Samsung released after the introduction of the iPhone looked very similar to the iPhone, since they sported the same radius of corners as the iPhone, whereas Sammy's previous efforts hadn't." Ignoring the fact that Samsung was proven not to having the same radius, this was a classic example of selective image choice, ignoring all the non touch screen phones samsung released after the ihpone and ignoring the touchscreen phone samung released before the iphone. Sure the Galaxy S (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9000_galaxy_s-3115.php) bears some resemblance to the iPhone 3, but it actually bears more resemblance to the Samsung F700 (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_f700-1849.php)