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GooPhone quickly follows iPhone 5s with a new knockoff Android phone
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Oct 26, 2013, 01:17 PM
 
Just over a month after the release of the iPhone 5s, notorious knockoff manufacturer GooPhone has debuted its own 5s lookalike. The GooPhone i5S mocks both the build of Apple's new high-end smartphone and the aesthetic of iOS 7, even down to app icon designs. The 5s doppelganger runs Android, though, and it retails for just $199 for an unlocked device.

Inside, the GooPhone is quite different from its inspiration, packing just a 4-inch qHD 960x540 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 5MP rear camera with LED flash. Rounding out its mid-range specs are 1GB of RAM, a 1500mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, and 3G connectivity. It also runs Android 4.2.2.

In all likelihood, the device will never hit American shores, due to the threat of litigation from Apple. GooPhone has previously copied iPhone designs, releasing another GooPhone with lower specs earlier this year. The Chinese manufacturer has even threatened Apple with legal action, claiming that it ha patented an iPhone 5-like design in China prior to that device's release there.

     
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Oct 26, 2013, 03:01 PM
 
There's a point where I don't feel sorry for the morons that buy this POS any more than I would feel sorry for the people that buy the $50 "Rolex" watch. If they're that stupid then they deserve what they get.
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Oct 26, 2013, 04:06 PM
 
This is Android at its best. Destroying American companies by allowing the Asian copy cats like Samsung profit from Apples hard work.
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 01:29 AM
 
Only morons would copy iOS7 and not improve upon it.
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 10:06 AM
 
Pathetic. Why bother creating anything if thieves will just rip it off like this. As one commentator noted, they could have at least improved it given the obvious effort they took to copy the authentic 5s. I have one question though - can these idiots make enough of them to satisfy demand (unlike Apple). Are these morons bleeding off parts and manufacturing capacity that could instead be making the real thing?
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 11:22 AM
 
Welcome to China, the land of monkey see, monkey do.
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 11:24 AM
 
Originally Posted by Paul Huang View Post
Only morons would copy iOS7 and not improve upon it.
Yeah, if only Apple had designed iOS 7...oh wait
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 11:43 AM
 
There will always be a knock offs but I think only a very small minority of population buy it. Majority of people in China still go for the real one. In my nearby grocery store in Connecticut, there's a knock off US-made Stop&Shop supmarket brand French cheese and there's the real deal Imported French cheese. I tried the cheap supermarket brand and it was so so. Later I tried the imported one and it was out of this world. Never go back to the supermarket brand again.
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 11:46 AM
 
You can afford not to.

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Oct 27, 2013, 11:56 AM
 
If you can't afford an Apple iPhone or even an imported French cheese ($6), then don't get it and stop supporting the knock-off.
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 12:31 PM
 
Ever get thrown off by that moral high-horse you're riding?

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Oct 27, 2013, 06:06 PM
 
@Harlot -- Ever get hoisted on your own petard? That happens when you least expect it. If you are not a fan of Apple's products, don't buy one ...simple. It's one thing to prefer (or buy) an Android-based phone -- which originally was a rip-off of Apple's iOS, made possible by insider information when Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on Apple's Board of Directors -- but it's another thing to advocate a complete and total fake iPhone product. There is no honor or integrity in a company that does that.
     
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Oct 27, 2013, 06:46 PM
 
I agree, entirely.
     
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Oct 28, 2013, 08:45 AM
 
I like the stock photos in the gallery, is anyone dumb enough to this this phone took those pictures?
     
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Oct 30, 2013, 11:23 PM
 
Seems a lot faster than my iPhone.
     
   
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