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Fake iPads are now available in Beijing for about $200 list (and $125 after negotiations), Bloomberg reports.They look pretty real, but they run Android (!), and they’re buggy and slow.
Fake iPhones, called “Hi-Phones,” were a huge hit in China, especially before the real thing arrived.
The Wall Street Journal’s Owen Fletcher also writes about the fake iPads and has a picture, too >.
Owen says the devices
come in an imitation iPad display box and have an iPad-style menu button at the long end of the screen…. They at first asked prices of more than 1,200 yuan ($177) for the devices, but could be haggled down to around 750 yuan ($110).
The fake iPads were labelled as having 64 gigabytes of memory – unlikely given their low price – and their screens appeared a little smaller than that of a real iPad. Their desktops displayed applications such as Google Maps, the Android Market and Chinese instant-messaging program QQ, but their touchscreens could be unresponsive. Dragging a finger sideways to open a new section of the screen didn’t always work.
See Also: The Truth About The iPad, Day 100
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