Clearly, Apple is the techno gadget design mover and shaker, and that explains why you’ll see headlines about a $159 iPhone X clone or a $99 Apple Watch clone. Everybody wants Apple gear for less, and the competition responds with so-called clones at discount prices. Clones? Rubbish!
Copycat, Not Clone
What’s the problem? Everyone likes a bargain, right? Well, the problem should be obvious. Those knockoffs are not clones.
Without getting into the whole human cloning or sheep and dog cloning issue, clones come in different packages. For example, there’s the biological clone.
Cloning is the process of producing similar populations of genetically identical individuals that occurs in nature when organisms such as bacteria, insects, plants or animals reproduce asexually. Cloning in biotechnology refers to processes used to create copies of DNA fragments (molecular cloning), cells (cell cloning), or organisms (organism cloning). The term also refers to the production of multiple copies of a product such as digital media or software.
Alright, there is some high technology there, but we’re not talking about cloning hardware in the same vein as some knockoff manufacturer pushes an iPhone clone or Watch clone or Mac clone onto the market. Yes, hardware is not easily cloned. But design is.
That brings me to the iPhone and Watch clones.
In computing, a clone is a hardware or software system that is designed to function in the same way as another system. A specific subset of clones are Remakes (or Remades), which are revivals of old, obsolete, or discontinued products.
So, based on a definition, we’re not talking real life hardware clones, but merely products that may look like the originals and have similar functions, but are not exact duplicates of the originals.
That knockoff iPhone X clone has a Notch. It’s a phone. It has a screen and camera but definitely is not a clone.
- 5.85-inch, 21:9 display with 720P resolution
- 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
- Android 7.0
- A rear fingerprint sensor
- 16-megapixel / 5-megapixel rear dual-camera system
- 13-megapixel front camera
- MediaTek MT6750T processor
720P screen? Not even the latest version of Android. No Face ID facial recognition system. So, exactly how is it a clone?
How about that $99 Watch clone with 45 days of battery life and a $99 price tag?
The Bip is not a hybrid watch or a stripped down device, either: it has a 1.28-inch touchscreen display, an optical heart rate sensor, true GPS for location tracking, a 3-axis accelerometer, IP68-rated water resistance, and notification support from both Android and iOS devices. The company says that the watch can reach 30 days on a single charge, and up to 45 days with “minimal notifications.”
I can get two days from Watch.
You can’t buy the Bip yet, but it comes packed with Watch-like features.
- Ultra-Long Standby Battery: a full charge of 2.5 hours can last for maximum of 4 months on watch mode, 45 days on running mode and 22 hours on GPS + running mode. No need to take charger or power bank. Furthermore, it weighs only 32g with the strap which makes it comfortable to wear while sleeping, working, doing sports or on the go
- Real-time Activity Tracker: the built-in Sony 28nm low-consumption GPS + Glonass module allows more accurate location detection, route mapping, distance measuring, speed calculating, pace tracking, real-time heart rate monitoring etc. It has IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating to meet basic needs of outdoor and it also provides detailed statistics of fitness activity
- Reflective Whole-day Stand-by screen: it shows statistics while you raise your arm and it smartly auto-adjusts screen brightness according to your surroundings which saves your eyes from stressing out and saves your battery power
- Notification Reminder: When your phone receives calls or messages, you will never miss it because the watch will remind you by vibrating on your wrist. Moreover, you will be instantly notified when your phone receives app notifications from Facebook, Wechat, WhatsApp, Instagram etc
- Customized Xiaomi MI Fit3.0: by pairing the watch with your phone, you can make your personal settings and synchronize your activity data (daily activity, distance, speed, steps, stride frequency and other professional sports data) on the mobile phone, which helps to analyze and improve your sports level
Whoa! That’s packed with features but I’m inclined to wait until a few iPhone users elsewhere on planet earth cough up a C-Note and weigh in on how well it works before I get involved in the knockoff world.
Why? My iPhone and Watch work rather well together, and there’s a nearby Apple Store for service, support, questions, etc. Amazon is good for knockoff Watch bands and iPhone cases, though.
Let’s just make sure we understand that these so-called clones are not really clones as much as they are cheap knockoffs, each of which misses the basics of what Apple puts into their devices.