Apple is getting grief for what appears to be an underwhelming launch of the iPhone in China.
It is not really a surprise – China is awash in fake and gray market iPhones. When you walk down the street, the street hawkers greet you with “Watch, DVD, iPhone”.
Why settle for the WiFi-less plain old iPhone sold by China Unicom when you can choose from the much wider variety of iPhones available in China?
There are flip iPhones:
A “Lengthened edition”:
The hardware quality is very good – the straight knockoffs are pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing. But what is really cool is there are multiple fake iPhone software loads that are evolving quickly:
Note the Finder, Windows Media and Firefox icons (the Firefox icon launches Opera).