iPhone Mini (from china & windows mobile)

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    (iPhone Mini pictured above)

    I've been thinking of getting one of these. I know its not a real iphone, I just like the size and full screen. China is pumping out a TON of cell phones. Anyone try any of these generic phones. I have t-mobile, and its a 1900mhz phone, so it should be no problem. Looks like they run Windows Mobile. Even though its not an iPhone there are tons of Windows Mobile apps out there. Not the best OS, but I can deal with that.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this or anyone have one?

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    Awang A688
    $105
    http://www.solomobi.com/viewproduct.asp?pro_id=2296

    3 pages of iPhone copies. Some are even brass enough to put the apple logo on it. LOL.
    Page 1 of 3
    http://www.solomobi.com/category.asp?lx=cate2&cate_id=106

    More Here:
    http://www.actfind.com/products/who...ng-Control-Function-Tri-band-Dual-Cards.html#
    http://www.actfind.com/products/wholesale-PDA-Mobile-Phone-OEM-Unlocked-GSM-Cell-Phone-1GB.html
    http://sunstar-shop.com/productshow.asp?id=498

    Videos in use (various models)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIE7r6WDS_0&feature=channel
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI3Zs62K8EI&feature=channel
     
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If china can make a iPhone mini, why cant apple? With a highres screen the screen can be smaller and still be the same resolution so the apps and os would not need to be rewritten.

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    Because it goes against the definition of the iPhone business plan and they specifically stated that they wouldn't be making one? :confused:
     
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    As much as the iPhone nano crap has boiled my blood I would actually be open to getting one of these as a backup phone. Think it would be kinda cool to see people's reaction when they had their regular iPhone and you whipped this thing out.

    I still stand by my opinion that it's a moronic thing for Apple to even consider.
     
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    A lot of those make me lol and wonder how they would play out with someone using them and in the wild.
    I'm also curious as to if a company has been able to put the iPhone OS on a knock off iPhone mini or regular knock off iPhone.

    Because Apple said so.:p
     
  6. macrumors 68040

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    Because it would suck.

    If Apple produced an iPhone Nano they would do it ala the Macbook Air, ie. keep the same size screen but make it thin and light.
     
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    FWIW, they don't appear to be Windows CE or Mobile based. Although once in a while you'll hear one of these use the WM startup song, just because they like it. Weird.

    Re: Apple saying "no". Their public statements aren't worth diddly. We all know they like to keep secrets, so we never know for sure what's real and what's not. No, I don't think they're doing a nano, either, but who knows?

    I'm actually surprised that Apple hasn't jumped into the home phone segment (again). Verizon's new Hub home voip touchscreen phone with widgets looks pretty darned cool.
     
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    You sure? Looks like Windows Mobile to me. (wink)

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    There are many add-ons to make Windows Mobile work just like an iPhone look and feel. Seems like they just load Windows Mobile, the iPhone look and a few other hacks like the slide to unlock. Its not complicated or magic. These tools are already out there.
     
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    Yea, people's reaction would be krayzie. Then you could tell them that you are beta testing it for apple you are not allowed to show them...

    You will drive some people nuts. I like to do things like that because you know that they are going home and telling their friends, it is the trick that keeps on giving...
     
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    The reason why I say the ones I saw above are not WM, is because the statusbar at the top doesn't look right. It's very common for Chinese clones to pretend to have WM.

    Can you post a link so I can look at the particular devices you showed? Thanks!

    Believe me, I know. When I'm not making custom apps for my grownup kids' iPhones, I'm having fun making them jealous with the cool Today screens and fancy menus on my WinMo i760... including one of those slide-to-unlock screens with an animated background.

    :)
     
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    Just like they said about the other Apple products before it came out? It wouldn't really go against it, it's just his thought and apparently everyone loves those mini fake iPhones
     
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    I don't.
     
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    Then don't bother going into these threads.
     
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    They are selling knock-off iPhones and you ask if they are legit?:rolleyes: Too funny.
     
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    I have a friend who bought one of these little knock-offs and he loves it. Given what he said about it and how small it is (compared with the Apple brick) I'll be getting one at some point this week. These detractors are wrong about pretty much everything else, why bother listening now?
     
  17. macrumors regular

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    I have played with one here in singapore and while they are really cute the actual interface is a nightmare. It's not even up to a standard phone. I would have got one just for the novelty as you can make calls with it and play terrible sounding music but the sms'ing is pretty much to impossible. That said you need a stylus to use one and I didn't have one. The keyboard is tiny.
     
  18. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you get your friend to write up how he likes it, what service, some photos, does it have a web browser, etc. Just a day in the life of him using it.

    Thanks.
     
  19. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I know the phones are "legitimate" fakes. They do exist. I don't know if the stores are real.
     
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    Apparently I wasn't very clear. I was pointing out the irony of asking if the stores were legit when they sell knock-offs, which are not legitimate.
     
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    This one even has the apple logo and they copied the packaging. The Chinese are too funny.

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    LOL. That's actually one of the good copies.
    There are some out there that you can't even consider saying looks like an iPhone.
     
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