Results: no clones in this house!

Results: no clones in this house!
Smartphone clones are such a fascinating thing. They come in their own variety of "quality" (read: how accurate and on point with the original they are), hardware, and prices. They also often pop up way before the actual device they are knocking off is even announced. And they sometimes tempt us into thinking about buying one — just to see how close it is to the original.

Of course, when we say fascinating, we don't necessarily mean you should ditch Samsung or Apple and go for No. 1 or GooPhone. The question is, when you factor in the several times lower cost, is the clone still a foolish buy? Can the hardware really be that terrible? Could that phone actually be a good backup device to keep around just in case?

So, we've had the "Buy it Now" itch numerous times now, though we can proudly say we haven't scratched it yet. We thought we'd ask you, community — what's your stance on clones and knock-offs? Here are the poll results!

Would you buy a cheap clone of a popular flagship?

Absolutely not!
75.6%
I am sometimes tempted to do it...
12.41%
Sure, if it's cheap enough and looks convincing enough
8.03%
Yep! I love to dissect and analyze clones!
3.96%

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4 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3042; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

While most clones are much cheaper, I have seen some sellers cheating innocent buyers claiming the clones as real thing and asking for real price.

2. Shubham412302

Posts: 545; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

People always buy oppo and vivo clones of iPhones

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I see those brands as more of an upgrade TBH.

4. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Absolutely no! Especially when clones are used to deceive ignorant buyers that the knockoff is the real thing. Just no.

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