In 2006, LG teamed up with Prada, to create the LG KE850; now 5 years later the design is still considered modern.
The Prada phone was arguably the first full touch phone and one of the first 'smartphones' on the market. A year later Apple came out with the iPhone, a full touch-screen phone with a similar design and interface. Then in 2010, 4 years after the Prada phone came out, Apple released the iPhone 4; a direct look alike of the phone LG released back in 2006. Chrome around the sides of the phone, a horizontal speaker on the top of the phone and an almost featureless front and back, are just some of the similarities between the two.
Criticism arose when the iPhone was first released, with many online forums arguing the similarities between the two handsets. Weeks later LG accused Apple of copying the Prada phone's design and threatened to take legal action. When the iPhone 4 came out, their was no comparison between the two phones, but in fact Apple had taken another step to far, copying the LG Prada phone even more. Now after 1 year on the market Apple is suing Samsung, over the designs of their phones, being to similar to the iPhone's.