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The iClone Shootout – five iPhone phonies, a camera, and some interesting conclusions

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CECT P168+ – £107.95. Naff box, interface, what interface…?

·  Flow Touch Screen – Slide to Unlock (just like the iPhone)
·  Comes with a Free 256MB Transflash (Micro SD) Storage Card
·  Unlocked Quad-band Phone (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz) for Worldwide GSM   Support (850 Mhz optionally supported but untested)
·  Built-in Bluetooth
·  Dual SIM card slots (both SIM cards aren’t active and online at the same time but they can be switched without turning off the phone)
·  Comes with a spare lithium battery so you don’t have to worry about power
·  Ring tones Type: Polyphonic (64 channels), Monophonic, True Tones, MP3
·  Music player: Support MP3 player,with mp3,midi,wav format
·  Movie player: Support 3GP/MP4 movie player with full-screen
·  Camera function: Digital Camera Built-in with video recording capability with sound

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What do you get? Free 256 MB microSD card, 2 x SIM slots, 2 x 1800 mAh batteries, 26 page manual in English, Bluetooth, magnetic box catch, 2.0 megapixel camera.

In Use. There’s that darn goldfish again. Unfortunately the rest of the interface is a right dog’s dinner. Unintuitive, confusing and with a touch screen that leaves a lot to be desired. In fact thump screen would be more accurate. Again, the voice quality on calls and internal speakers are good and Bluetooth is pretty useful in a pinch. The camera is OK, but again nothing to shout about, especially for 2.0 megapixels.

Conclusion. Slightly better feel to the handset doesn’t mask the fact that it’s a pale pretender to the iPhone crown. Nice music player.

iPhone Cred Score – 2/10

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Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


11 Comments

  • Holy carp Red! Did you really spend 700 quid to do a dodgy iPhone-knockoff comparison??? If so, WHY? Oh and thanks, the world needs this kind of thing. :D

    Just on a side note, and perhaps I’ve been using Nokia cameras for too long, but the camera quality of the real iPhone really isn’t that good. It’s not terrible, but the image is soft and the edges are quite bad.

    But what do I know/care, iPhones aren’t coming to Australia until the 12th of never anyway.

  • Hi everyone,

    Just to point out a small error made by Red, (only a small one) when using these phones, you can actually activate the number pad whilst on a call so you can “press 2 now” to be put on hold by your bank or internet operator etc, if you need to.

    Another point I’d like to add, the real iPhone works out at £899 (269 plus 35 per month for 18 month), so in comparison, the clones really do represent excellent value for money. Lets face it, in 12 months time you’ll probably want to change it for something else new and exciting and even more fashionable.

    Regards
    Simon

    http://www.digitalplayworld.co.uk

  • DTM, heh no I didn’t have to drop £700 on the iPhone, thanks to my new best friends at O2 who found me an eval unit at very short notice.

  • I just returned my HiPhone as it was sluggish and limited compared to the P168+.

    For pose factor its the best and build wise its very solid.

    If you want to see the full review of the P168+ then email me. I’d do a more coherent review of the HiPhone if interested.

    Mark

  • Hi

    Returned the HiPhone and now sold the P168+.

    The replacement is the M888 which looks wise isn’t very slick but function wise its very good. Loading Mini Opera 4 onto the phone makes it a serious competitor to the iPhone.

    M

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  • would you mind updating this….there are definetly some new phones out there. iphone c6? wifi gps? can u get back to me..thanks

    • I am with you. I haven't used Iphone yet coz it's not good for our third world countries. So, we mostly go with others. The most selling phone in our country is Nokia. So, I would also like to get new updates as I want to replace my old set.

      Regards

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