A true Okie from Muskogee, she is absolutely positively over-the-top certain that tornadoes are magnetically attracted to trailers– aluminum mobile homes. So it is with Apple. There’s some cosmic force which requires Apple’s competitors to copy the company’s products.
My iPad? iPad? Whose iPad?
The latest embarrassment of non-innovative technology is from startup Xiaomi, a company taking cues from Samsung, has become China’s copycat extraordinaire.
Xiaomi is considered China’s premiere budget smartphone maker, a non-creative, non-original knockoff manufacturer which has become the darling of tech critics.
At least Samsung and Microsoft had the courtesy to not use the word ‘pad‘ in the name of their tablets.
Xiaomi just introduced the Mi Pad, a 7.9-inch iPad-mini knockoff priced in China at $240 for the 16GB model. It was just a few years ago when tech pundits were certain that Apple could not produce a tablet with 10-hours of battery life and sell it for $499. Now we have copycats for half that price.
Mi Pad. Seems to rhyme with iPad does it not?
What does this Chinese copycat tablet look like? Based on the copycat name, it should be obvious.
Specifications of the Mi Pad are almost identical to the iPad mini. A 7.9-inch display, 4:3 aspect ratio, similar edge bezel, and a version of Android OS which looks like… drum roll, please… iOS 7.
Why Copy Apple?
Tech companies don’t need to spend money on research and development. All they need to do is copy what Apple does. Why? Because Apple gets it right. Seriously, a company can make money selling a $240 iPad mini knockoff if there’s no expense for R&D.
Look around. Mac OS was followed by Windows. iPod was followed by Microsoft’s Zune. iPhone was followed by Google’s Android OS. Apple’s iPad was followed by dozens of copycats.
Xiaomi’s Mi Pad specifications are impressive. 2GB RAM. 2.2GHz CPU. 8MP back camera, 5MP front camera. Larger battery. Same screen resolution and aspect ratio. Up to 128GB add-on storage. And a bunch of iPod-like colors.
What is it with all the Asian technology manufacturers? Can they not create their own technology devices? At least Microsoft did something original with the live tiles on Windows Phone. Samsung and Xiaomi seem to prefer to copy Apple at the atomic level.