You hear right. It's a clone but a poorly built clone using low budget materials. Perhaps I should've used the word copy rather than clone. It seems to me that you take things in more of a literal sense. If you honestly haven't touched a Samsung smartphone, take a stroll down to your nearest AT&T store and compare their (Samsung & Apple) materials and build quality side-by-side. If you have any sense of quality, only then will you know what we rant about here.