These are not the droids you're looking for: 4 infamous smartphone clone manufacturers

These are not the droids you're looking for: 4 infamous smartphone clone manufacturers
Whether we're talking watches, expensive perfumes, jewelry, or even clothes, somebody out there (usually somewhere in Asia) is likely hard at work, churning out copies of it. With smartphones, we simply refer to them as clones, and believe it or not, they're more common than you'd think.

Is manufacturing seemingly complicated high-end smartphones so easy? Not really, which is why most of these copies are usually inferior (sometimes, considerably so) to the real thing. Also, despite their different 'brands', they're typically manufactured by a small number of factories that simply offer enterprising individuals the service of copying an established brand's smartphones. That said, there are a handful of smartphone clone companies that have persevered during the years, and can be still seen pushing hundreds of copies of even the very newest smartphones. These are the companies you should steer clear from, not least because the images they use for marketing their knockoffs are often those of the actual, real device. And yes, when you do realize just that, it'll be too little, too late.

So which are the companies that have been the biggest and most consistent offenders? Find their names in the hall of shame below.

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14 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Gotta love Goophone lol. Btw, why would you want to buy a clone phone? Just for bragging and showing off purposes? Crap build quality, crap specs, crap software, crap experience. I'd rather buy a mid range phone from Xiaomi or Huawei instead of getting a clone phone lol.

3. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sadly, there are also those who are selling these cloned devices as the original ones, and those who don't know much about phones usually fall into it. Last year, one of my employees bought the Note 3 for $400 and he was happy with his purchase until i delivered to him the sad news, it was a replica, a horrible replica.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Damn, that's bad. It must had been pain for your employee to know that he wasted $400 for a replica. I think the companies are responsible to teach the consumers on how to differentiate between their original products and a clone.

8. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It was. Especially when you realize he makes $700 a month and that he wasted more than half of his salary on a replica. I believe the responsibility should fall on the country's customs, they shouldn't allow such products to enter the country in 1st place, just like they make sure any other defected commodity go through their system.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Ummm no. I don't think any company is responsible to tell someone how to know a clone. If you don't want a clone you can prevent ever buying one. You buy the product from a reputable retailer or carrier. Its that simple.

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Xiaomi is also very good at making high quality clone from Apple product :)

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because its cheap, good looking, with not so bad spec :P but its better to get xiaomi or zenfone ¯\(º_o)/¯

2. likha

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

some clones has good specs ... close enough to the real deal ... and they sell it as if it is the real thing .. so they cheat people by selling clones as actual device

4. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They have good specs on paper, but it never performs well due to the cheap components that these companies use. Add to that the fact that these companies are known for cheating with their specs sheet.

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Many people will fall for the "quad core" processor and high megapixel camera like "16 MP" camera, but what they don't know is that these cheap shitty knockoff clone companies will use cheap components to cheat with their specs sheet like what Maherk said. A "quad core" processor can be a low end crappy quad core Mediatek chipset and a "16 MP" camera can be a 2 MP camera.

5. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So Apple sued Samsung saying their phones "look to much like their" and here GooPhone makes a phone that looks exactly like your and you do nothing. What does that say? Says Apple simply sued Samsung because Samsung is Apple's only real competition and Apple feels they are suppose to own the market they enter. Apple lost its argument in every country but one, how coincidental is that? Anyways, I wonder how many GooPhones have been purchased.

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Apple sue GooPhone, in US or China? I'll like to see that happen lol.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and i think goophone, no.1, and HDC is same company (their site is using same template and selling same phone, or they just copying each other? ¯\(º_o)/¯ )

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