Saw a Japanese news report earlier today on YouTube via TokyoMango about a Chinese iPad knockoff called the APad (or iPed?) that’s been popping up recently. The reporter goes to the big shopping center in Shenzhen to check out the device at a shop selling it. To be honest, I think I’d be more likely to buy one of these than a real iPad, especially since I’m thinking of heading over to HK or China sometime before August anyway.
The device’s casing looks almost exactly like the iPad, and it has a camera and full touchscreen. To make it even better it also runs Android meaning that the thing is probably super customizable and would give you more freedom than a real iPad ever would without maybe jailbreaking it or something. Sure the specs might not be as good as the real thing, but considering that it costs less than USD$100 I’d say it’s not a bad deal. I’m not likely to spend 500 bucks on an iPad that I realistically wouldn’t use that much, but if I have a chance to get an APad I think it’d be worth having another toy to play around with.
On a side note it’s funny how often Japanese news has stories on Chinese knockoffs and counterfeits. I always get the impression that rather than just providing information they’re trying to just point fingers at China for “being bad.” Knockoffs are an awesome alternative to people who can’t or won’t by the original devices, and it’s hard to believe that the APad is actually going to have any effect on iPad sales. Especially considering the iPad isn’t even officially available in China yet.