Hands On With A Fake Chinese iPhone (PHOTOS)

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One of our colleagues just got back from a trip to China, and she brought us back a gift: This fake iPhone 4.From far away, it looks pretty real — never mind that Apple hasn’t actually started selling the white iPhone 4 yet, because of some manufacturing problems.

But after holding it for five seconds, and trying to use the software, you get a real sense of appreciation for the real thing. This “SciPhone” is not only a fake, but a crappy fake.

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title=”Now, don’t miss…”
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