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iPed: The Chinese Knock-off iPad Running Android

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 42 comments

Apple hasn't released the iPad in China yet but it's clear local manufacturers are eager to capitalize on Apple's advertising.

There are tons of companies planning tablets to take on the iPad. Some of them will be running full versions of Windows while others will Android or Chrome OS-based. One tablet running Android is currently doing the rounds in China and it's shameless hoping to profit from the popularity of the iPad, which just launched in Japan last week.

Meet the iPed:

Dressed like an iPad, the packaging for the knock-off device is so similar to the Apple packaging that you have to look twice before realising it's not the real thing. Though the device is a little curvier around the edges than the iPad, it's clear the makers went to great lengths to make this as similar to the Apple creation as possible, right down to the dock, which includes a little iPod icon dubbed 'iPed.'

Probably the most attractive feature of this device is the OS combined with the price. Running Google's Android OS and costing just $105, it's cheaper than the majority of Android smartphones out there, never mind the iPad.

However, though it's dirt cheap, that drop in price doesn't come easily; the hardware isn't on par with what you get in the iPad. It runs on an Intel CPU, packs 128MB of RAM and comes with 16GB of storage. It's also got a 7-inch display rather than the 9.7 inches offered by iPad. It's not the fastest of machines but for $105, you can't really be expecting much.

The iPad has yet to launch in China so it'll be interesting to see how many people purchase one of these before the lawyers in Cupertino wake up.

Video below.

iPed Demo

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    Shadow703793 , May 31, 2010 8:46 PM
    man4857So the Chinese can't innovate, but they can copy?

    They've been doing it for years. However, they did invent gunpowder :lol: 

    For some reason, for $105, this seems far more useful than the iPad, esp. considering this is running Android.
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    nforce4max , May 31, 2010 8:57 PM
    Bahahaha and it runs Flash XD

    It wont be long before I start seeing these flood eBay in mass.
  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , May 31, 2010 8:43 PM
    So the Chinese can't innovate, but they can copy?
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  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , May 31, 2010 8:43 PM
    So the Chinese can't innovate, but they can copy?
  • 30 Hide
    Shadow703793 , May 31, 2010 8:46 PM
    man4857So the Chinese can't innovate, but they can copy?

    They've been doing it for years. However, they did invent gunpowder :lol: 

    For some reason, for $105, this seems far more useful than the iPad, esp. considering this is running Android.
  • 12 Hide
    drutort , May 31, 2010 8:48 PM
    we taught them well how to mass produce and do it quite cheaply... so go figure... is anyone really surprised by this though? im only surprised how fast it made it lol
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    house70 , May 31, 2010 8:48 PM
    Ha, ha!
    Indeed, the OS is the most attractive feature.
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    nforce4max , May 31, 2010 8:57 PM
    Bahahaha and it runs Flash XD

    It wont be long before I start seeing these flood eBay in mass.
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    waylander , May 31, 2010 9:06 PM
    anon42384723948So they can't be sued for having such a similar looking product with an obviously similar name? or is it because they're safe behind the great firewall of china?


    Sure Apple can sue... winning is another matter. Considering how many clones come out of China of other products that can't be stopped (womens designer handbags being a prime example) how much success do you think Apple would have? Personally, I think it would be a waste of money trying.

    As for innovation... the ipad isn't innovative... it's a big itouch. Apple is known as a company that takes every day technology, wraps it in pretty consumer friendly packaging then markets the hell out of it.
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    lashton , May 31, 2010 9:18 PM
    drutortwe taught them well how to mass produce and do it quite cheaply... so go figure... is anyone really surprised by this though? im only surprised how fast it made it lol


    No we didn't wow is everyoine really like this in the US!
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    ready4dis , May 31, 2010 10:16 PM
    man4857So the Chinese can't innovate, but they can copy?


    Can't innovate? And the iPad isn't just a fancier version of tablet PC's and such that have been around for a while now? Nobody innovates anymore, they just take ideas and make small changes. For some reason people think apple innovates, they haven't innovated, they just play to morons who follow like lemmings.
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    Anonymous , May 31, 2010 10:30 PM
    Funny, I thought the Chinese didn't need Google and pretty much told them they could care less if they stayed in China but they sure are happy to use the Android OS. Hypocrites!
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    2 billion penguins , May 31, 2010 10:44 PM
    Actually is more attractive to me then an ipad, mainly because of android though.
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    lucky015 , May 31, 2010 11:05 PM
    While I don't copying a product as closely as possible is the greatest idea, Being from a country that tends to get things last, If a company chooses to halt the delivery of a product in a country after the release in another then every other company should have free rein to copy it until such point as it is actually available on the market. If they cant make enough of them to release then they shouldn't be releasing it yet. Same thing with under-stocking.
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    NeeKo , May 31, 2010 11:21 PM
    dearthownFunny, I thought the Chinese didn't need Google and pretty much told them they could care less if they stayed in China but they sure are happy to use the Android OS. Hypocrites!

    Dont confuse government with population!!


    As for the iPed! simply awesome, costs 1/5th and performs 90% of the iPad!
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    Anonymous , May 31, 2010 11:34 PM
    Ekk...It looks like it lags a lot and the touch screen isn't very responsive.
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    Shadow703793 , May 31, 2010 11:54 PM
    waylanderSure Apple can sue... winning is another matter. Considering how many clones come out of China of other products that can't be stopped (womens designer handbags being a prime example) how much success do you think Apple would have? Personally, I think it would be a waste of money trying.As for innovation... the ipad isn't innovative... it's a big itouch. Apple is known as a company that takes every day technology, wraps it in pretty consumer friendly packaging then markets the hell out of it.

    Don't worry, The All Mighty Steve Jobs will stop the Chinese :lol: 
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    mkyam , June 1, 2010 12:54 AM
    The quality of the iPed is the same as the quality of this article...lame.
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2010 1:02 AM
    Its all business, there is no need to innovate if it makes money. We the west taught them the core basics of capitalism and they are out playing our game.
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    alikum , June 1, 2010 1:27 AM
    The minute you start production in China, you can kiss your technology and Intellectual Properties goodbye. They learn and copy fast, and will come back at you in a very short time.
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    sceen311 , June 1, 2010 2:15 AM
    ready4disCan't innovate? And the iPad isn't just a fancier version of tablet PC's and such that have been around for a while now? Nobody innovates anymore, they just take ideas and make small changes. For some reason people think apple innovates, they haven't innovated, they just play to morons who follow like lemmings.

    Apple can't Innovate? What other 9.7ish inch screen devices run for 10hrs? And get away with 4 buttons and a switch to do all that an ipad does?

    And no the ipad isn't a fancier version of a tablet pc, it's a cell phone stretched out.

    Also lemmings don't run off cliffs, they make it look like they do so the predator following them only think they did, meanwhile the lemming is chilling on a ledge just off the side of the cliff safely waiting predator to pass.

    People that think lemmings actually run off cliffs, are just morons that were tricked into believing a false myth.
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