Xiaomi needs to try much better not to look like a blatant Apple copycat
0. phoneArena 22 Jul 2014, 10:09 posted on
Xiaomi blasts out Apple look-alikes product after product, its CEO wears a black turtleneck, blue jeans, and pulls out a ‘one more thing’, and yet Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra claims the company is not copying...
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1. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Ok I agree on the other ones, but centrally positioned logo? SRSLY?
3. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 764; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
I was wondering the same thing, phones and tablets do look a like. But that TV doesn't remind me of an Apple screen. Besides all brands have a centrally positioned logo, Pioneer, Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, B&O, Loewe.
Look Loewe copied Apple as well
69. joey_sfb (Posts: 2906; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
There are similarities between XiaoMi and Apple. I just don't buy in on one company having exclusive rights to a market with designs.
All TV are rectangle shape, all cars has four wheels and a steeling wheel.
Looking like Apple product there is plenty of Apple clone product with Android OS sometime with iOS itself but there should have a quality that does not exist in other brand that make people rush to purchase a XiaoMi product.
For the MiPad its the only tablet with Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.
For the RedMi series its price cheaply with good spec and establish MIUI interface, Duel SIM, removable battery and MicroSD slot.
Mi4 again high end spec at half the price of other high end brands.
I think Samsung better get their act together if they want to earn my money again. Remove those stupid bloat ware. XiaoMi can get by with none of them.
55. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
You have to look harder and you will notice that the Xiaomi products actually look slightly better than the Apple products.
65. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4011; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I almost fell out of my chair.... Too funny!!!
75. Furbal (Posts: 294; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
The mi pad is the only one i see copying, but thats because it is..
28. Ashoaib (Posts: 1980; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
this is called competition... what apple is bringing, xiaomi is bringing to...
when TV was invented, other companies started manufacturing TVs too, thats called counter product not a copy
84. Ethos (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
apple copied well old known SONY sony WAS main brand for innovation in the past ...
41. pwnarena (Posts: 884; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
you have to take the phrase as a whole (stripe + centrally located logo). it's not just about the logo.
seriously, we can't just disregard the similarities. xiaomi is obviously a copycat design-wise.
they can't improve if their cheap tricks are tolerated.
60. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 358; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
The comparison between the TV and iMac is still a stretch. Apple's design influences may be subtly present in the Mi TV in the thicker grey bar but overall the two are drastically different in design... The iMac sports a FAR more rounded design, and the logo is much more in your face. The Xiaomi logo is hardly different in presentation than my Samsung TV across the room, my AOC monitor, and probably the majority of TVs on the market. It's just an obvious way to present a logo.
There is a fine line to be drawn between the near carbon-copies of the iPad mini's design and the iPhone advertisements, and a subtle design influence that gets lost in the other nuances of a product's only to be found by somebody looking to start an argument on the delicate subject of copying and Apple.
76. pwnarena (Posts: 884; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
well based on the evidences shown above, you can't deny that xiaomi is a copycat and they have to change,
it's great that they're offering excellent prices but it's degrading to offer products that look like the products of another company. they already made some fame now. it's about time to establish their own identity.
82. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 358; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
I can definitely agree that Xiaomi needs to dramatically change much of their company's design language. My point was that it's absurd to hold the mild resemblance between the Mi TV and the iMac on the same level as their other products.
5. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 123; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Damn!!!! My Sony TV and my LG monitor have centrally positioned logo. I knew everybody's copying apple.
50. StanleyG88 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
Yeaa.. I had a SONY TV with a stripe on the bottom and the SONY name on it in the center, guess they copied APPLE? OOHH Wait, the TV was made in 1974, "three years" before APPLE even existed.
51. LikeMyself (Posts: 273; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
See no one can match the reliability of SONY TVs! I also have a 29" which is displaying near perfect colors(480p I think) like an HD TV for 20 years!!
54. xPnoyStar (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)
I have a 40" sony tv :) 5-6 years and it is still working.
Already has HD ^^
6. NexusX (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2013)
if xiaomi ever releases a phone in the states, apple would most definitely sue them into oblivion
19. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
For me it felt like The Verge article. So much worse than typical Phonearena (or any techsite) article.
26. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1287; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
The source is actually from The Verge.
46. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
The Verge is a thousand times better than Phonearena could ever be.
52. aditya.g0110 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
i VISIT PHONEARENA JUST FOR THE COMMENTS :D I BET YOU WILL NOT FIND SUCH HILARIOUS COMMENTS ON ANY OTHER WEBSITES
56. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Well of course, they actually try making some new articles while PA just rehashes them. Also, then there is Alan and his literal copying and pasting of the 9-5mac homepage.
8. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 837; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Wow. Somebody is still thinking that , there is something that can be copied from Apple(except of the rectangle).LOL
By the way, can somebody explain why is this Xiaomi-articles flood in all the tech media. sites??? Hundreds every day. Even more than Apple articles.
If you can't explain it, I could help you:)
18. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Okay, let me guess...Uh...Oh, I know!
It's very normal for posting these kind of articles, I'm Popeye The Sailor Man...doot doot!
11. afrohoxha (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Just google "Xiaomi gets the Steve Wozniak endorsement"
12. Ninetysix (Posts: 1584; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
LOL @ One more thing. Steve Jobs is that you?
72. joey_sfb (Posts: 2906; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Its a private joke and also imitation is the best form of flattery.
Chinese do not have a sense of self righteous when it comes to coping good design and presentation.
14. Planterz (Posts: 780; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
There's not one single device that doesn't share at least a few similarities to other devices.
Victor H needs to get his eyes checked, once his head is extracted from his anus.
The buttons are in different places, and aren't the same. The internals are completely different, never mind the fact that one runs iOS and one runs Android.
The tablets share a screen because it's cheaper to do so. This is an extremely common practice. Only a handful of companies actually produce screens, and it's very common for manufacturers to produce screens (and other components, such as processors) for companies they're in direct competition with.
Stupid article by an idiot.
32. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
This sort of response is uncalled for.
Xiaomi does seem to utilize the same design language as Apple in some key aspects of their products and marketing efforts.
I don't think this is a black mark on Xiaomi as Apple cobbles design elements from many sources themselves.
Maybe the real issue is that few companies are spending enough effort to come up with their own, more unique, design languages.
36. Planterz (Posts: 780; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
This entire "article" is uncalled for. It's blatantly biased, uninformed, and just plain stupid. PA should be ashamed to publish this, and Victor H. is a poor excuse for a journalist.
77. pwnarena (Posts: 884; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
you're blind. can't spot the similiarity? i guess nobody will ever hire you as their product designer. or maybe the likes of xiaomi will.
i really despise people who don't know how to respect other companies' ideas. copycats deserve to die!
i'm always for android but with companies like this who don't spend effort and smarts to do something original, android continues developing dark spots.
miPad ? what? can't still see their effort to copy?
15. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
What's the point of this article actually? To prove that one of the successful Chinese manufacturer is copying Apple all the time? Last year, HTC One and Blackberry Z10 both look similar and you guys didn't post anything about it, Pantech phones look like Samsung phones as well and you guys didn't post anything about it, the Xiaomi Mipad looks like the iPad Mini and you guys are like "OMG, this Chinese manufacturer is copying Apple! OMG, we must post an article about this!" One thing I don't understand is the centrally positioned logo, how is that copying?
Look, it's 2014 already, "copying" is getting old now. I think we should say "Inspired" instead of "copying" or "copycat". Even if they are copying, what have they done to you? U mad or you're just too butthurt to see just a minor inspiration of Apple design from the manufacturer? Why not just get the damn phone and enjoy it?
PA, please...I'm not arguing with you guys, but sometimes you guys just don't know what you've done. Please post useful articles next time, this kind of article is totally unnecessary. I'm disappointed with you, Victor and PA.
25. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 926; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
"Inspired" means "taking some cues," not slavishly copying, a la miPad-iPad Mini.
39. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1377; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
It's very possible that they're using many of the same components, like screen or case. Should they put the screen in upside down so the camera is on the bottom right instead of the top left? During the first Apple/Samsung trial they were saying the original Galaxy S copied the iphone, and that was far less similar than these, and their argument was people would be confused. So how far away does the design have to be for them to be happy? And at a certain point, the design has to follow ergonomics, otherwise it'll be hard to use, lest we end up with triangle shaped tablets and phones.
Look at the latest Chevy Impala and Ford Taurus. From a distance they're hard to tell apart, but I haven't heard of any suits there. That's what happens in competition, one company offers something, and another offers something similar if not downright identical, to capture some of the potential customers.
38. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
For that matter, if the iPhone 6 looks anything like the leaks so far, it's borrowed heavily from the M8.
42. nasznjoka (Posts: 339; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Even though I don't prefer any ios device but this kind of foul play can not be tolerated. This is direct copying and should be descouraged thanks to theVerge pointing that out. This really show that iphones are on the league of their own while its not. St###id chinese copying everything
63. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1377; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Normally if it takes someone to point something out, it's not obvious.
17. alexsupertramp (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)
Victor H. needs to try much better not to look like a ducking s-hithead.
looks like this duck got no work on his hands.
23. Planterz (Posts: 780; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I agree with you, except for the fact that I really, really REALLY hate Supertramp. Good god they suck. Worst band to ever eff up a classic rock station's playlist. They suck more than KISS, and that's saying something.
30. alexsupertramp (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)
good god..! i agree with you but the alexsupertramp i am inspired from is Christopher Mc Candless.Google is your friend.
20. Planterz (Posts: 780; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Hey, PA, you're hiring right? Because I can think of thousands of people more qualified than Victor H (including myself).
24. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 926; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Spot on, Victor. It's easy to make a cheap phone when you work in a country that doesn't care if you blatantly rip off patents and copyrights, not to mention, bypass millions, or even billions, of dollars in R&D because you can just reverse engineer.
For those who would argue, just look at the ridiculous number of products that come out of China that are blatant rip offs of Western products. I say rip offs, because China would have nothing, if not for the technological advancements they have stolen from Japan and Western nations. Cars, TVs, phones, computers, tablets, etc. roll off Chinese assembly lines every day, for use inside China, because they are blatant copies and those companies would get sued into the Stone Age if they ever darkened the doorstep of Europe or the United States.
27. Planterz (Posts: 780; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
There are tons of clones out there. Xiaomi doesn't make them. Rounded corners? Camera in the top corner? This is copying? If that's the case, then my Oral B toothbrush is a blatant copy of a Reach, My can of Cambell's tomato soup is a copy of Dinty Moore, and my Sketchers shoes are a blatant copy of Nike, what with their laces and soles and all.
34. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Apple with millions or billions of "R&D".....LMAO.
Sure, they may spend money on R&D, but they haven't ever created anything ground-breaking. They just rode the trends until their marketing department made them the "trend". They are living on a legacy, not a very good one at that, and they will eventually be nothing more than a footnote of history.
31. Planterz (Posts: 780; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I don't think the response to this "article" is what Victor H. was expecting.
33. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Actually it's the PERFECT strategy. The devives look damn fine with a bit of extra touch on the outside, and something FAR BETTER on the inside, which is MIUI. So anyone in China lookingin for a premium or God forbid an Applesque device without the insulting price tag, there are Xiaomi's GREAT alternatvies, cause these products are actually performing like few other.
And what if Apple notices, Xiaomi says SUE ME and make me famous. It's the perfect strategy.
37. avyfa (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
Lol, i can agree with tablet and phone, but TV? Really?
43. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I can agree with the tablet. The phone as a whole, meh. Sure, if you are trying to relate the two. But the TV, no, not at all. Presentation, absolutely.