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



Desay M888 (plus Gamepad) – £129.95. Chunky, loud but actually not that bad…

* Network Frequency: GSM 900/1800MHz (All UK & Europe Networks except “Three”)
* Languages: English, Simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese (English is the Default language when shipped)
* LCD Size: 3.2 inch, Touchscreen, 262k colors, 240x320px
* Ringtone: 64 chord midi, mp3, wav, wma, amr;
*Incoming Call: MP3,MP4 (video), jpg and animated gif options.
* Dual loudspeakers – Very Loud!
* Video:  MP4,  3GP, Full-screen play, supports full 320×240 resolution, forward and pause (unlike the P168 & A380 that only supports 176×144)
* Music: MP3 with equaliser
* Camera: True 2.0 Megapixel with night mode


What do you get? 2 x 1270 mAh batteries (sensing a trend here are we?) but just a single SIM slot. 62 page Chinese manual, free 256 MB microSD card and a GameBoy and NES emulator with full gamepad option. It even comes with 10 GameBoy Color games pre-loaded.

In Use. Man, that speaker system is loud. You could broadcast town hall meetings on this puppy and deafen the front row. As with all the clones, the MP3 player is pretty good all round, nice controls, etc. A bit clunkier than the other clone handsets but at least the interface is logical and pretty, and closer to the iPhone standard. Great voice quality again, and the only handset with an external memory slot, so presumably supports hot swapping. 

Conclusion. For the price, and bearing in mind the GameBoy compatibility, this is a pretty nice bargain. It’s never going to impress the smooth arty creeps with black roll neck sweaters, but hey, you’re above all that rubbish anyway right?

iPhone Cred Score – 4/10



Next – this clone of a clone does OK as a phone, not so good as an iPhone…

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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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.


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