I’ve begun to get a lot of emails this summer since these Chinese replicas have started coming out. It’s becoming pretty obvious that the iPed is becoming the front runner and is the clone which is the best known of the bunch. People have started to ask me if this model is relatively decent and worth the money. I will try to address those concerns in the following article.
Here’s the thing with the iPed’s. This terms has become a sort of catch all phrase and many sellers are selling many different models under this same umbrella. You have to really look at and examine what you’re getting.
Because some of the earlier models have slower processors, older operating systems, and less memory. Your happiness with the knock off tablets depends on defining how much you want to spend and then defining what you want. For example, you can get a basic android knock off tablet for that is going to allow you to play videos and music, check your email, read ebooks, watch YouTube, browse the web, take notes, do word processing, etc. If this is all you need, then you’d likely be very happy with one of the cheaper models.
But, if speed, high definition, and 3G is important to you, then you may want to splurge for the rockchip iPeds which use the fastest processor. (You can see examples here.) These models are less buggy, much faster, don’t have the lag time, and can use 3G. They’re also not that much more expensive, coming in at around 0. This is still tons cheaper than the original price tag of over 0 and this version is, at least in my view, very close to the original and is manufactured by Foxconn, the same company which makes the original version.
That truly depends upon what your wants and needs are. If you are looking for a cheaper way to use the features of the original in similar housing, but you don’t want to pay a premium for the name brand, then the Chinese knock off will certainly accomplish this. The feedback and customer satisfaction on the rockchip models is quite high. With that said, people who just want a basic tablet and ebook reader are usually happy with the cheaper models if the absolute fastest speed isn’t an issue for you.
It’s important to understand that the Chinese knock offs use the open source android operating system. So, you’d be getting your applications and games from android market. Some people like that this is an open source and some don’t. Another consideration is that the clone tablets have a smaller screen at seven inches (although there are some 8 inch iPeds) rather than the 9.7 inches of the original. Some people actually like the smaller size and others don’t.
I think the real question becomes if you’re just looking for all of those features in a tiny tablet and if the status of the original is important to you. The clones can most definitely provide the features in similar housing with an open source operating system that is growing (android.) They are also a lot cheaper. I find that some people buy the clones just to play around with the features while they are waiting for the cost of the original to come down. Many times, they find they’re quite happy with their knock off and end up just keeping it. It’s my opinion that the iPed can definitely be worth buying. But it helps to identify which chip and version is most appropriate for you.