Did Android Handsets Initially Imitate BlackBerry, and then Apple's iPhone?

Amidst the raging patent wars between Apple, Samsung and others there is much debate about which handset makers have original smartphone designs, and whether some have been blatantly copied.

A post by blogger Andrew Warner compares an Android prototype from 2007, prior to the iPhone taking off (which Sara Yin of PCMag describes as the 'ugly love child of a RIM Blackberry and a Windows Mobile') with the HTC Incredible that was launched after the iPhone had become so successful.

The inference is that both Android handsets simply mimicked the market leader of the day, and that Apple's current legal campaign has good grounds.

However, Ms Yin points out that the Incredible arrived over a year after the first Android smartphone the HTC Dream (and others inbetween) which looks nothing like an iPhone.

The recently released biography of Apple's co-founder by Walter Isaacson, showed Steve Jobs's first reaction when he saw the HTC Incredible (which does look rather like an iPhone sibling) followed by his determined intention to fight a legal war on this matter.

"I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this," Jobs stated.

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," he added.

Yet the battle is still ongoing, with Apple targeting mainly Samsung's Galaxy line-up of devices.