The iPad has had massive success and has not only changed the image of tablets, but has also taken the worlds of eBook readers, laptops, netbooks and portable media players by storm. The iPad, like any other popular gadget, runs the risk of knockoff and clone gadgets that’ll try to mimic the iPad and garner the same success. While knockoff iPad brands might offer lower prices, there are several reasons you’ll never want to be the owner of a knock off iPad or an “iPad-like” product.
The iPad is more than just a design
There are currently already a few knock-off iPads on the market, but there is also a rise of iPad competitors made by very legitimate companies. The problem with knockoff iPads and iPad copycats is that they focus too much on copying the iPad’s design and not its functionality. If you’re a shallow enough to just want an iPad look alike there are other options out there [lol], if not, it’s best to opt for the real thing.
Your knockoff iPad will always live in the iPad’s shadow
With major retailers like Kmart and BestBuy coming out with their own iPad knockoffs [Kmart’s Augen and BestBuy’s Rocketfish iPad clone] people are only destined to purchase these ripoff iPads, but these copycat iPads will always live in the shadow of the real thing. Owners of these knockoff iPads will always have to explain them as being “like the iPad” or people from afar will always ask them why they didn’t opt for the real thing.
You get what you pay for
Kmart’s Augen only costs a low priced $150 and the ePad costs a low priced $119.99-$150 on eBay [compared to the iPad’s entry level $500 price tag], but there is a huge difference between price and value. While the $150 that you shell out for an iPad clone might get you a device that looks like an iPad, you might want to stop and think about how your iPad clone will handle apps, media, and how it’ll browse the internet.
Unless you are a hermit that lives in a goat village – away from civilization – you won’t want to be caught dead with an iPad clone. When most people see an iPad, they are immediately attracted to it – and often ask lots of question, but the only question they’ll ask of an iPad clone owner is “What the heck is that?” You’ll constantly be forced to explain your decision as to why you bought a ripoff iPad – and having no money won’t suffice as a good answer.
You’ll likely end up buying an iPad anyway
You’d better served saving the $150 you’d spend on a “high-end” iPad knockoff and buy a proper iPad instead, because you’ll only end up buying an iPad anyhow. Most people think that by buying a low priced iPad knockoff they’re buying a low-priced iPad, but your iPad clone will never live up to the standards of an actual iPad. After buying the iPad clone, your desire for owning an iPad won’t disappear – but $150 will. It’d be better to spend $200 on an iPod touch than to fork over $150 on an iPad clone if you want to get a feel closer to the Apple iPad.
For more, read The Fake iPad Clone is Here: The Shenzhen Huayi iPad Knockoff, 5 Knockoff Gadget Names that Are Clever Enough to Fool You, and 4 Fake Nintendo Wii Knockoffs that Are Actually Being Sold and Bought.
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