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SXR
Dec 21, 2007, 11:49 AM
Hey,

Recently, I ran across an advertisement that came in with the mail and I found something that Is the exact same thing as the iPod nano ( even the pose on the picture is identical ) but doesnt break any patents. They are really going nuts trying to copy this iPod Nano 2G ( and others probably )

I think its ridiculous. Look at the two pictures and compare.. This is no chinese rip-off , its sold in the Netherlands and people are buying them because they want an iPod ( or the cool design ) without spending so much money. ( im not making that up , I know people who have them. )

http://michelvanderveen.com/fakeipod/fake.jpg
http://michelvanderveen.com/fakeipod/nano.jpg

EDIT: Im so sorry for the huge picute, but i never got around making a picture smaller since I usually dont work with pictures so I dont know how to. Apologies - sorry for the annoyance.



119576
Dec 21, 2007, 11:50 AM
Your pictures make me cry. [TIMG] tags please!

Also; there are many iPod 'ripoffs' floating around...

SXR
Dec 21, 2007, 11:53 AM
Your pictures make me cry. [TIMG] tags please!

Also; there are many iPod 'ripoffs' floating around...

I know , but any that do the exact same pose and are no chinese rip-offs like EXACTLY the same? This is clearly based on the nano but they didnt break any patents.

cornerdealy
Dec 21, 2007, 12:00 PM
yea the pics are way too big and it's no surprise that there are ripoffs of ipods.

lofight
Dec 21, 2007, 12:08 PM
I really hate the people who make theese fakes!!
the ba******

::Lisa::
Dec 21, 2007, 12:15 PM
Yeh, I agree. There are tons of them floating around. I bought my iPod on eBay and was very careful what I bought as there was tons of them on there when I bought and they all had iPod in the title.

P.S. Maybe you could remove your pic in your post and just put the link to the picture instead and put a 56K warning. Especially since a lot of people are still on 56K and would take forever to load for them.

yellow
Dec 21, 2007, 12:16 PM
EDIT: Im so sorry for the huge picute, but i never got around making a picture smaller since I usually dont work with pictures so I dont know how to. Apologies - sorry for the annoyance.

I changed the image tags to links. Contrary to myth, there are still people using dial-up.

SXR
Dec 21, 2007, 12:29 PM
I changed the image tags to links. Contrary to myth, there are still people using dial-up.

Thanks, I appreciate your work on this forum. :) Once again , apologies for the large picture ;)

Yep , I hate those rip-offs , too. But this is a good sign , they know that the iPod is GREAT , so they copy that. Clickwheel , UI , all patented so thats the only thing they dont have. Also , the hold switch is exactly the same but the quality is very bad. Ive tested one out , and I would be able to use it for one time on a trip or whereever I dont wanna take my iPod.

GSMiller
Dec 21, 2007, 01:58 PM
That's somewhat similar to the iPod, but I think the Super Shuffle from Luxpro (http://www.engadget.com/2005/03/10/the-super-shuffle-huh/) takes the cake in the knock-off iPod category.

Consultant
Dec 21, 2007, 02:04 PM
Thanks, I appreciate your work on this forum. :) Once again , apologies for the large picture ;)

Yep , I hate those rip-offs , too. But this is a good sign , they know that the iPod is GREAT , so they copy that. Clickwheel , UI , all patented so thats the only thing they dont have. Also , the hold switch is exactly the same but the quality is very bad. Ive tested one out , and I would be able to use it for one time on a trip or whereever I dont wanna take my iPod.

None of the fakes have clickwheel. It looks like they have a clickwheel, but they don't. Yup the quality is bad, and probably will die. When I visited China I got a cheap $10 watch because it had a cool design (doesn't look like rolex or any famous watches), looks good, but turned out what looks like shiny metal is actually plastic and broke in a month, and the watch hands fell off.

Knockoffs are a waste of money...

Jasonbot
Dec 21, 2007, 02:07 PM
That's somewhat similar to the iPod, but I think the Super Shuffle from Luxpro (http://www.engadget.com/2005/03/10/the-super-shuffle-huh/) takes the cake in the knock-off iPod category.

This thing made me lol back in teh day- the fact that it was more feature packed than the standard one!

But the best apple knock off has to be the Meizu Mini1 iPhone imitation. It's been delayed for longer than the iPhone!

akm3
Dec 21, 2007, 02:21 PM
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Be very concerned when people DON'T try to copy Apple.

-Allen

SXR
Dec 21, 2007, 02:29 PM
None of the fakes have clickwheel. It looks like they have a clickwheel, but they don't. Yup the quality is bad, and probably will die. When I visited China I got a cheap $10 watch because it had a cool design (doesn't look like rolex or any famous watches), looks good, but turned out what looks like shiny metal is actually plastic and broke in a month, and the watch hands fell off.

Knockoffs are a waste of money...

I said , none of the fakes have a clickwheel because it's patented.

marclapierre13
Dec 21, 2007, 02:59 PM
Ive seen better knock offs before. still dont come any where near a real ipod

marclapierre13
Dec 21, 2007, 02:59 PM
Ive seen better knock offs before. still dont come any where near a real ipod

Unspeaked
Dec 21, 2007, 03:27 PM
But the best apple knock off has to be the Meizu Mini1 iPhone imitation. It's been delayed for longer than the iPhone!

I thought there was a big article about that in Popular Science and the reporter was actually able to track one down?

Jasonbot
Dec 22, 2007, 01:57 AM
I thought there was a big article about that in Popular Science and the reporter was actually able to track one down?

What did the reporter say about the device? Was it any good :p

SXR
Dec 22, 2007, 03:00 AM
Ive seen better knock offs before. still dont come any where near a real ipod

What do you mean with better knock-offs? The ones that break Apple's patents? This one is , lets say, inspired by the 2G nano. Exactly the same pose on the picture , and the whole device looks like the nano exept for the clickwheel and UI.

Apple can't bring that "Xiron MP3 Player" down , because it doesnt break any patents. They know , however, that that Xiron junk clearly wants to be an iPod.

Unspeaked
Dec 24, 2007, 12:55 PM
What did the reporter say about the device? Was it any good :p

I just flipped through it on the newsstand, but if I recall correctly, he thought it was a decent phone, but didn't really compare to an authentic iPhone.

It was a fraction of the price, though, and he said it was very popular in the markets he saw it for sale in.

I don't think it was multi-touch, but it did have an interface closer to the iPhone than a lot of phones from, say, Nokia or Motorola. It was all in some sort of Chinese, though (Cantonese? Mandarin?) so it was difficult for me to read much of the menus in the photos.

SpookTheHamster
Dec 24, 2007, 01:02 PM
I've seen many more obvious knock-offs than that. The control style on that is more similar to a Toshiba Gigabeat.

http://www.engadget.com/tag/keepin%20it%20real%20fake/

karmapolice63
Dec 24, 2007, 01:14 PM
Holy Eastern European Ripoffs Batman! It looks like a snazzy device but the interface looks like crap. I much prefer the iPod.

macbattle
Dec 24, 2007, 02:01 PM
At least these ripoff give us something apple will never ever give us, SD card support, which is a shame.

Unspeaked
Dec 27, 2007, 03:58 PM
At least these ripoff give us something apple will never ever give us, SD card support, which is a shame.

But how would they convince us to buy a new one every six months if we could simply expand the capacity of our existing iPod...?!

;)

bloodycape
Dec 27, 2007, 08:31 PM
I just flipped through it on the newsstand, but if I recall correctly, he thought it was a decent phone, but didn't really compare to an authentic iPhone.

It was a fraction of the price, though, and he said it was very popular in the markets he saw it for sale in.

I don't think it was multi-touch, but it did have an interface closer to the iPhone than a lot of phones from, say, Nokia or Motorola. It was all in some sort of Chinese, though (Cantonese? Mandarin?) so it was difficult for me to read much of the menus in the photos.

The Meizu M8 is not out yet. And that company produces some one of the best mp3 you can get from China, and compare fairly well with other mp3 on the market. There product is so good that Walgreens sells them.

But how would they convince us to buy a new one every six months if we could simply expand the capacity of our existing iPod...?!

;)
Sarcasm? If not with actual design changes, more features, and more internal memory. After all SD card slots are nice but more internal memory is nicer.

iMpathetic
Dec 27, 2007, 08:46 PM
One time, I saw an iPod nano in orange. That's what I thought it was, but it was just the most effing copycatish copycat ever.

I hate these ripper-offers.

Unspeaked
Dec 28, 2007, 11:54 AM
The Meizu M8 is not out yet. And that company produces some one of the best mp3 you can get from China, and compare fairly well with other mp3 on the market. There product is so good that Walgreens sells them..

They must have been reviewing something else, then. But it was very iPhone like. I think it was the cover story of that issue...

bloodycape
Dec 28, 2007, 03:59 PM
They must have been reviewing something else, then. But it was very iPhone like. I think it was the cover story of that issue...

I have a copy of that issue. The device is running a windows CE 5.0 based OS modified by the company to make it look iPhone like or at least that is what PDAdb.net is claiming. They are also claiming that it might come out by February.