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Knockoff iPads Hit the Heart of Beijing

Postby long_way » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:59 pm

Knockoff iPads Hit the Heart of Beijing

August 18, 2010, 7:37 AM ET

By Owen Fletcher
From China Real Time:

Makers of knockoff gadgets in China love to abuse Apple’s brand recognition, sticking the U.S. company’s logo on Windows laptops, straight-up counterfeit iPhones and sometimes other handsets that look nothing like an iPhone.

So it’s not entirely surprising that vendors in a downtown Beijing bazaar are now selling “iPads” – or clunky, slow-running tablet computers that run Google’s Android operating system but have Apple’s silhouetted apple stamped on the back. The devices also come in an imitation iPad display box and have an iPad-style menu button at the long end of the screen.

Salespeople at several stalls on the fourth floor of Beijing’s Silk Street Market, a major tourist spot better known for fake Louis Vuitton bags and Burberry scarves, were displaying the fake iPads on Tuesday. They at first asked prices of more than 1,200 yuan ($177) for the devices, but could be haggled down to around 750 yuan ($110).

The fake iPads were labeled as having 64 gigabytes of memory – unlikely given their low price – and their screens appeared a little smaller than that of a real iPad. Their desktops displayed applications such as Google Maps, the Android Market and Chinese instant-messaging program QQ, but their touchscreens could be unresponsive. Dragging a finger sideways to open a new section of the screen didn’t always work.

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