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

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A380i – £139.95. Phone is pretty OK, shame about that interface again though…

· Dimensions: 110 x 53 x 13mm
· Weight: 93g
· Screen: 3.0 inch TFT Touch Screen
· Ringtone: 64Poly / MP3 Ringtone
· WAP/GPRS/MMS/SMS Enabled
· Built-in Speakers
· Computer Connection: Support Window XP, No CD or driver is required
· Power: 180-300 mins Talk Time, Up to 150hrs hours standby Time

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What do you get? 2 x 1600 mAh batteries, 2 SIM sockets, 102 page manual in English, 1.3 megapixel camera, e-book reader software, BMI and Menstrual calculator, Bluetooth and a ringone maker. Ironic as this sounds, this appears to be a clone of the A8+ (or maybe the other way round?) but with a better camera. A clone of a clone, what were they thinking? Anyway, the A8+ comes in a nicer box.

In Use. Why do we think they grabbed the iPhone icons and slapped them on the interface without thinking about their meaning? Because this is another clone with icons that don’t make sense, that’s why. Click on the maps icon and you get…yep, fun and games. The clock icon gives you user profiles, and the green phone icon pops up the contacts book. Yuk.

Conclusion. A nice slim line size and pretty icons. Feels solid in the hand, nice audio and again a pretty good phone for the price. But as an iPhone clone? No thanks.

iPhone Cred Score – 3/10

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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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