When the original Apple iPad was launched it did not take long for a few knockoffs to start appearing in China, such as the iPed, as well as the very similar GPad GForce. Now that the second-generation is out we now have news of a $93 iPad 2 KIRF. It is hard to know where to start with this device, but we will start off by telling you that it is lighter and thinner than the HP TouchPad and the Motorola Xoom.
You will notice that this fake iPad 2 not only has a white front, but back as well. However, the back cover is plastic, so a little like the iPhone 3G and 3GS in that respect. We know that you are not going to get much in quality build, as well as hardware, but we were surprised to see that this KIRF comes with an SD Card reader.
So what about those specs we here you ask: Instead of the dual-core A5 processor you get a lowly 800MHz CPU instead. The news keeps getting worse, as there is just 256MB of RAM and just 4GB of storage. However, you still get a 9.7-inch touchscreen, although this is resistive, so you might need to use a stylus to get better results. There is also a 1.3-megapixel camera, as well as built-in Wi-Fi — no sign of 3G support.
As for the OS, M.I.C. Gadget says that you will get Android 2.2, which is a little out-of-date for an Android tablet — but looking at those specs, it would have no chance running Honeycomb. So now you know why the price for this iPad 2 knockoff is just $93, but you can be sure that this price will be very popular in China, like so many other similar devices before it. There is a bargain to be had here, but we do not suggest that you purchase one for many reasons.
OK, so we know that the real deal is a much better choice, but for some in China the Apple iPad 2 is just too far out of reach, and for that reason this knockoff would be perfect. We would love to know how popular such a device would be in the US, as those on a low income might snap it up. However, we know that this is never going to happen — we have to wonder if Apple will lose any sleep over this latest knockoff?