Would you ever buy a cheap clone of a popular smartphone?

Would you ever buy a cheap clone of a popular smartphone?
There's something truly fascinating about the shady realm of smartphone clone manufacturing. Whether it's the sheer volume and diversity (there are actual tiers of quality and faithfulness in copying), the speed at which clones of popular flagships are released (sometimes before the original thing!), or just the way these are priced, there's always something to ogle at, wondering whether you should press the “Buy it now” button.

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 that itch numerous times, to get our hands on a suspiciously cheap Galaxy S7 edge and see if it can hold a candle to your everyday midrange phones. How about you?

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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21 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

a clone is a no for me but if a device is inspired and has some nice features from another popular device while costing a fraction of the price and somehow is good yah sure it would be a tempting buy

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I might buy a phone that has similar features that comes with a high end phone but not a phone that looks like a particular phone.

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Absolutely **WOULD NOT* Buy.

4. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yes. If it had flagship specs like, the 5T.

15. ah_sukk_it

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 18, 2018

I would absolutely not buy a clone POS phone like the oneplus trying to be a "ME TOO widescreen/dual camera iphone lg copy!" garbage oneplus phones

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Still wonder why chinese brands have fetish about apple.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 1812; Member since: May 04, 2015

I've bought a clone before but it was actually made by quite a solid company at the time which was the Jiayu G5. It was a clone of an iPhone 5 of some sort and was stock android with the 3000mah battery option that made it a little thicker than the regular one. 3000mah in 2013 was huge for a 4.5" phone (it still is actually). That battery was the clincher for me and it didn't disappoint. None of their other phones were clones and all were quite good with a loyal following. I'll never buy another clone again but for its time it was a novelty.

7. libra89

Posts: 2133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nah. That seems pointless to bother with doing.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1247; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sure, if the phone is good I couldn't care less what design it copies. I am not a sheep of any company. I use phone made by them, thats where our relation ends. Not a bloody fanboy, thank you very much. If the phone itself is good, who cares?

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I've seen a few Samsung clones. They looked like the real deal until you turned them on and used them. Screen was dull and appeared lower resolution. Limited storage. Camera was terrible in comparison. Whole device felt slow. Some core software features were missing. So no, I'm not touching a no name clone from China.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I am sometimes tempted to just because I would like to see what people would say about me having and "iPhone" that is running Android.

14. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

CHEAP CLONE = USER EXPERIENCE NIGHTMARE + DEAD AFTER A FEW MONTHS A few years ago, one of my neighbors asked me if she should get a free tablet that was being offered as a staff appreciation gift. I advised her to avoid it like the plague and get something else. But she thought, "It's free, what do I have to lose?" and got it anyway. A week later she sent it back after experiencing the nightmare user experience I had told her she would experience. Similar thing happened to another friend who bought a cheap tablet. Both tablets were cheap clones. Cheap clones are cheap for a reason: low quality display, low quality memory, low quality processor, low quality battery, non-optimized software, etc. Better to buy an entry level device from a reputable company (Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, TCL, etc) that will give you a decent user experience for years than to buy a cheap clone that will give you a hellish user experience for the few months it lasts.

16. theot14430 unregistered

Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery.

18. emjoigently

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

There was that time, perhaps 5 (ten?) years ago, when those websites selling weird Chinese Android phones cheaply fascinated me. Alot of the brand names I saw then turn up here in a more "respectable" way now. I want a Doogee Phone. They appear to be awful, but I want that moment when someone asks "What phone is that?" "It's a Doogee." And then I will be happy for the rest of my life. If it's cheap, and turns out to be crap, what's the harm? You've paid a bit of money for a bit of novelty. No big deal.

19. gamehead unregistered

nope!

20. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Back in 2002 or 2003, as a student with less money thought of purchasing cheap chinese phone, but later bought Samsung C230 after a couple of years, never thought of buying a clone, those are hideous

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