Great designs — especially by Apple, Motorola, and Sony — inspire many clones/knockoffs . Our editors have scoured the net for some of the more interesting ones. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment.
i-Bob: iPod Nano Clone
A Chinese company has created an iPod Nano clone called the i-Bob. Just about everything looks the same except for the click wheel/screen and its also ultrathin at just 7mm thick. There are three models available, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB. All models feature a 1.5″ OLED Display and support MP3/WMA/WAV/WMV/ASF file formats. [Source]
DNET DA793 – The SLVR Clone
DNET’s latest handset was designed to resemble Motorola’s SLVR L7, right down to the keypad. This clone includes a 1.8-inch TFT-LCD display, 1.3-megapixel camera, RS-MMC slot, and an FM tuner. It measures 101 x 43 x 18 mm was showcased at CeBIT. [Source]
Nintendo DS Clone
A China-based company decided to create their own cheap knockoff of the Nintendo DS, you switch games by literally removing the screen. At least the case looks halfway decent.
M-Cody M-20 Digital Audio Player
Similar in size and shape to the iPod Nano, the M-20 features a white OLED display, touch-sensitive navigation buttons, FM tuner, line-in recording, SRS WOW sound enhancement, and 7 preset EQ modes. It supports MP3, WMA, WAV, and OGG audio files. At 35.5 x 80.7 x 7.5mm and 35g, the M-20 gets twelve hours of playback on a full charge. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced. [Source]
POP Station – PSP Clone
One of the worst PSP clones we’ve seen, the POP Station has built-in games that look to be from the early 80’s.
DNET’s iPod Mini Look-Alike Phone
Apple’s simple yet functional designs have sprung many look-alikes including DNET’s DM751 music phone. In place of the click wheel lies a circular keypad along with dedicated music keys. It’s currently on display at CeBIT, no other technical specs have been released. [Source]
iPod Shuffle Clone
AOpen’s Mac Mini Clone
This Mac Mini clone offers a 1.3-GHz or 1.6-GHz Intel Pentium M processor, a built-in DVD-RW drive, 2.5″ hard drive, and mini-PCI 804.11 a/b/g . It’s available now with prices starting at $499.[Source]
The Generation NEX is an NES clone that’s also compatible with Japanese Famicon cartridges. Unfortunately, the mediocre hardware doesn’t support many games. [Source]
One of the most innovative RAZR inspired clones we’ve seen. This GSM handset sports a slider-type design, large TFT-LCD display, 1.3 Megapixel camera, and 60MB internal memory. Its a tad bit lighter than the original V3 (95g), weighing just 90g and slightly thicker (95 x 48 x 15.5 mm). Available now in China at the price of $215 USD. [Source]
Meizu Mini Player
Simple but very stylish, the Meizu Mini Player is an iPod Nano clone done right. Featuring a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 512MB ($87) – 4GB ($200) of memory, video playback, SRS 2.0 sound enhancement, OGG support, 20 hour battery life for music playback, and supposedly dual processing chips. It measures just 48X79X10mm and is available now in China. [Source]