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  • Brazilian "iPhone" Knockoff Actually an Android Device


    Apple and Brazil have an interesting relationship. Their largest manufacturing partner Foxconn has a number of facilities there as production costs become cheaper than the traditionally inexpensive Chinese labor.

    Which is why this Brazilian “iPhone” is rather odd.

    A Brazilian electronics company called Gradiente claims to have exclusive rights to the “iphone” name in the country, and has released their own iPhone. The phone in question is an Android 2.3 device which is two full iterations behind the current 4.2 Jellybean build of Android utilized on recent flagship releases. The company claims it has the rights to Apple’s phone namesake until 2018 and will continue to use the name as part of corporate restructuring process according to the Associated Press.

    “In Brazil, Gradiente has the exclusive right to use the iPhone brand. This company will adopt all the measures used by companies around the world to preserve its intellectual property rights.” — Graiente Press Release
    Gradiente’s deceptive tactis are likely a last ditch effort to help the struggling electronics company buy time during the tail end of their restructuring process. Still, with specks like a 320 x 480pixel display, 700MHz single-core ARM processor, 2GB of storage and complete lack of multi-touch will only fool the technologically deft.

    However, Gradiente has a history of releasing subpar ripoffs, and cheap electronics. The company, founded in 1964, even released it's own licensed, but rebranded NES system in the 80's. Innovation doesn't appear to be one of the company's strong points.

    Sources: Gizmodo, Associated Press
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Brazilian "iPhone" Knockoff Actually an Android Device started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. regkilla's Avatar
      regkilla -
      Leaching off Apple iPhone's name much?





      SMH
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      You said it will "only fool the technologically deft"... what???
    1. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      You said it will "only fool the technologically deft"... what???
      The difference one letter can make LOL He probably meant daft.
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by runey71 View Post
      Stop being a troll. No one said it looked anything like an iPhone. It's called an iPhone because in Brazil Apple don't own the rights to the name. Read the article next time.
      +1
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      Next time read the article first. It's not supposed to look like it, they are just using the name as stated a couple of times already.
      But he called it a knockoff hinting it is trying to be an Apple iPhone.
      If you do not want people to misinterpret then do not call it a knockoff.
    1. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      But he called it a knockoff hinting it is trying to be an Apple iPhone.
      If you do not want people to misinterpret then do not call it a knockoff.
      Heaven forbid someone actually read the article. Knockoff can mean many things including how it looks and also what it is called.
    1. RokeSmoreMeefer's Avatar
      RokeSmoreMeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by runey71 View Post
      Heaven forbid someone actually read the article. Knockoff can mean many things including how it looks and also what it is called.
      Heaven forbid someone use correct article titles around here. Knockoff doesn't mean many things, the term is used to describe a product that was created to look like a name brand product but be sold at a much lower price. This is NOT a knockoff, it is simply a crap phone released under a brand name to which the manufacturer owns the rights. It neither looks nor functions like an iPhone.
    1. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RokeSmoreMeefer View Post
      Heaven forbid someone use correct article titles around here. Knockoff doesn't mean many things, the term is used to describe a product that was created to look like a name brand product but be sold at a much lower price. This is NOT a knockoff, it is simply a crap phone released under a brand name to which the manufacturer owns the rights. It neither looks nor functions like an iPhone.
      Ok I'll concede on the definition of knockoff. Seriously though it's just an article title. Ever seen a misleading title in a major newspaper? Nothing in the article itself even remotely suggested that this phone looked like or operated like an iPhone. Only that it was called an iPhone. If you hate the site so much then just stop visiting. Pretty simple really. Lots of other Apple news sites out there for you to knit pick on. Happy trolling.
    1. energiesource's Avatar
      energiesource -
      Thought jellybean was 4.1