Send in the iPad Clones
Zac and I spent time living and working in China. We both were amused and amazed at the Chinese ability to quickly clone the latest trends and technologies. It’s been 3 months since Apple announced the iPad in San Francisco. The iPad has been available for purchase for 3 weeks. Today, the 国产苹果iPad, “Domestically Produced Apple iPad” is available in China from 远鹏 (Schezhen Yepo Time Electronics Company). Price is 2740 RMB ($400 USD) listed on www.taobao.com.
The Chinese “iPad” is a Windows 7 PC with an Intel microprocessor. The look, feel and weight is similar to an Apple iPad. The details in English can be seen thanks to the Yahoo! BabelFish translation service.
The Chinese iPad has already become the target of Jay Yarlow on Business Insider. Jay calls it a “Crappy Fake” because it is more square in shape, thicker and heavier. Hmm…. The Chinese “iPad” is $100 cheaper (a positive), it has a slightly bigger screen (a positive), heavier by 0.2 kg, 6 to 7 oz, (a negative), is about twice the thickness (a negative) has USB ports (a positive)…? I agree that the Apple iPad is slick technology. I am not sure if the these trade-offs are significant enough to really matter to a Chinese consumer. While iPhone/iPad software will not run on this “iPad”, Apple has never penetrated the China market. A Windows PC with Windows software “iPad” may be a better solution for the China market.