It seems that unscrupulous counterfeiters – are there any other kind – are already exploiting the good natured greed of technophiles everywhere by producing fake iphones or, as this video shows, the "tphone". There are even reports of these ersatz devices appearing on eBay. I can’t blame them for trying though, as we all know that the iphone is going to define mobile technology in the same way that the Apple ipod changed the face of mp3 players. In any scenario, there’s money to be made off of the back of what will be a world wide craze.
And it seems like they haven’t done a bad job either. The phone looks
stylish and the windows interface looks quite smart. However, unlike
the iphone, this piece of equipment has those dreaded buttons, at
least four at the last count, and a stylus. The whole ethos behind the
iphone is that, like the ipod, you only use your fingers to navigate,
this time using a touch-screen rather than a touch-sensitive wheel.
A more serious aspect the all if this is the fact that the fake tphone is a blatant infringement of copyright (no… really?) and I don’t expect that it’ll be compatible with any other Apple products released in the future. However, there are companies out there making legitimate "clones" of the iphone – that is devices that don’t pretend to be iphones, yet will make the operating systems of their phones compatible with Apple software. This is a smart move for the manufacturers as again, they’ll make money from those who can’t afford a proper iphone. But as a consumer, I’d still be wary of any claims that a non-Apple phone will work soundly with Apple products.