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

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i32/HiPhone – £149.95. About as good as they get right now…

· Dimensions: 116 x 61 x 15.8mm
· Digital camera and Video camera
· Screen: 3.2 inch TFT Touch Screen
· Motion sensor & ‘Shake’ facility
· Super sensitive Touchscreen with picture zoom function using fingers
· Ringtone: 64Poly / MP3 Ringtone
· WAP/GPRS/MMS/SMS
· 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 1200 mAh batteries, 2 x SIM sockets, 95 page English manual, 1 x 512 MB MicroSD memory card, Bluetooth, multitouch screen and accelerometer for auto-rotating media.

In Use. Hmm…well if you want iPhone clone, this is without doubt the closest you’ll get right now. Almost identical form factor (just around 4mm thicker, due to the battery probably), an interface which is super useable and full of iPhone friendliness, and a feature set which gives great value all round. The auto-rotating video and photos, the multitouch to zoom in and out of images, the accelerometer ‘shake’ to advance a music track, it’s all people poser power in your pocket folks. Even the little Apple logo when it starts up. Oops, should we mention that?

Conclusion. Well we’ve got to say that this handset is so close as to be almost indistinguishable from the real iPhone in many ways. In fact, I think I can hear the sound of Apple’s legal team beating down the path to Shenzhen as we speak. But do remember folks, this is close in the same way that a VW Phaeton is close to a Mercedes S600. They’re both German, well built and fully featured…but…! Anyway, do check out the video.

iPhone Cred Score – 6/10 (would have been higher but for the truly naff camera)

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Next – so, what conclusions can we make from this…?

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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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