| Imitation may be the best form of flattery, but it certainly does not make good business sense. We have seen quite a few of the best designs from Nokia, Motorola and Samsung being ripped off and reproduced but the extent of this will only be visible once you have completed reading this story. |
Lets begin with the extremely popular Motorola RAZR V3. With the number of sales records that it has broken ,we would not be surprised to see an imitation of this handset. And indeed as the accompanying photograph shows, we have Gplus EV 500M which definitely takes a lot of its styling cues form the RAZR V3. The V500m is only slightly thicker then the RAZR (14.5 mm as compared to 13.9 mm) also the camera of the V500M is 1.3 megapixels. The size of the TFT display as well as several other characterstics match. Easily making the Gplus the choice of the poor man who wants something with style.
It would be unfair to target Gplus for something that is being done openly by a lot of other manufacturers also. Lets go on to the D508 from Samsung - the slider handset that made waves in the market when it was released. This one has not just one but two clones to its name. The Tatung TC 809 and DNET DG212. What is suprising in these cases are that not just the overall design but even the positioning of the different functional keys are the same. Of course the clones manage to keep costs under control by not having any major spends for design. This as well as the cutting of costs by sacrificing a few of the high end features easily makes them much cheaper to sell.
Moving onwards to the Samsung E720 , another clamshell which was widely appreciated on release - the clone here is the Tatung TC-709. The TC 709 only sacirfices on the primary display by having a lower specification color display - of 65,000 colors as compared to the 262,000 colors of the E720.
While the industry majors have been keeping a blind eye to these products so far, one simply does not know the extent to which they bear losses because of the under cutting of these smaller companies. It remains to be seen how long the majors can continue to ignore the issue since giving a free run will only result in more clones.
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