Android Phone Blatantly Rips Off Apple

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For years, China has been the de facto source for counterfeit Apple ( AAPL ) products. From fake iPhones to a full-fledged fake Apple Store , the country is renowned for its shameless phony Cupertino products that are sold to unsuspecting rubes looking for a deal.

But a new clone that blatantly rips off the unmistakable look and feel of an iPhone has put Japan on the fast track for fake Apple product supremacy. And it uses Google's ( GOOG ) mobile OS to boot!

Ladies and gentlemen, Minyanville is proud to present the ioPhone5, courtesy of the Japanese manufacturer Losys.





At a glance, the ioPhone5 looks exactly like the "unapologetically plastic" iPhone 5C, which was unveiled this past September. Boasting unextraordinary specs beneath a cheap-looking plastic case, the iPhone 5C didn't fly off the shelves quite as quickly as its more powerful cousin, the iPhone 5S. However, the device did generate enough buzz and its share of fans that it obviously inspired a smaller foreign outfit to ape its size, design, and name. Even the graphic design on the back of the ioPhone5 looks exactly like an Apple product, with a monochromatic arrow logo in the same spot as a half-eaten piece of fruit.

But the ioPhone5 -- man, that name! -- can't live up to the modestly specced iPhone 5C.

Running Android 2.2, the ioPhone5 sports a 480 x 854 resolution display, 512MB of RAM, a dual-core Mediatek chip, 4GB of flash storage, and a 2-megapixel camera -- putting it firmly in the low-range phone camp. Comparatively, the iPhone 5C also features a dual-core chip, but has a screen with 640 x 1136 pixels, roughly twice as much RAM, four times as much storage space, and an 8-megapixel camera.

So unless you love both Android and plastic with equal measure, you're better off getting the iPhone 5C.

But, wait! Before you make up your mind, perhaps this snappy promotional video -- which isn't afraid to rip off Abba either -- will sway you to the ioPhone5.



The ioPhone5 can be yours for a mere 15,490 yen (roughly $150).

See also:

Nintendo Needs Apple and Google for More Than Just Smartphones


Can't Afford Apple's iPad? The $38 Tablet Is Coming Soon


Amazon's Three Big Ideas for 2014



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