China's Xiaomi unveils copycat 'Mi Pad' in bid to take on Apple's iPad

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  • Reply 61 of 85
    gwmacgwmac Posts: 1,799member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Supafly View Post



    Apple lawsuit in 3, 2, 1.

    Yeah, that would really do a lot of good in communist Chinese courts against a Chinese company with many former communist party leaders now working as executives in the company. China and the other Asian countries are  big enough that this company doesn't need to try and sell in the U.S. or Europe where Apple might be able to file a suit. As long as they sell in China, Vietnam, Thailand, and several other countries over there there is not a whole lot Apple can do about it. 

  • Reply 62 of 85
    b siskob sisko Posts: 1member

    Apple doesn't stand a chance in a Chinese court. These guys can do whatever they want to because they are covered by the Chinese government, and noone dares going up against them. God save us all when they decide to expand their territory (beyond Tibet).

  • Reply 63 of 85
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Originally Posted by B Sisko View Post

    God save us all when they decide to expand their territory (beyond Tibet).

     

    God’s hand be weld in the might of the US Navy, remember. Only China’s nearest land neighbors have anything to worry about.

     

    And even then, they can’t touch India. So it’s mainly just southeast Asia.

  • Reply 64 of 85
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,671member
    b sisko wrote: »
    Apple doesn't stand a chance in a Chinese court. These guys can do whatever they want to because they are covered by the Chinese government, and noone dares going up against them. God save us all when they decide to expand their territory (beyond Tibet).

    Mi mi.
  • Reply 65 of 85
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

    Mi mi.

  • Reply 66 of 85
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,671member
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    Lol. It's a well-known English expression, no? And by repeating it, it's also a copy. Seemed appropriate.
  • Reply 67 of 85
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

    Lol. It's a well-known English expression, no? And by repeating it, it's also a copy. Seemed appropriate.

     

    “Mi, mi”? Not to my memory… Oh, mi… me… I… I I… aye, aye! Aye aye, captain!

     

    Still not sure where you’re going with it. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 68 of 85
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,629member
    It's got the brawn, it's got the looks but it's got no brains.

    Tragically this travesty will sell...to people of a similar disposition.
  • Reply 69 of 85
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,671member
    Still not sure where you’re going with it. :lol:

    Maybe it's used 3 times in a row: "My, my, my." Followed by an acknowledgement from a person who praises someone on ...

    Whatever, stupid joke, stupid me. Perhaps someone else gets what I'm saying and could reply by saying: "my, my, my. You certainly tried, didn't you Phil?"
  • Reply 70 of 85
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,629member
    flaneur wrote: »
    Did Apple ever use a soundtrack that ugly and abrasive?

    Also, the little girl in the pink princess/ballerina costume is wretched. I fear for China's sanity as it "Westernizes."

    To "Westernize" is to become insane. To be controlled whilst believing you're in control requires you to be insane.
  • Reply 71 of 85
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,594member
    Payees companies have no shame! Everyone seems to want to take the easiest path to fame and fortune, with no moral compass guiding them, or original thoughts! Typical China, "we'll make it just like that one, only cheaper"!
  • Reply 72 of 85
    analogjackanalogjack Posts: 1,073member

    "...clearly inspired by Apple's iPad...", 'inspired', what an inspired euphemism.

  • Reply 73 of 85
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,254member
    I hope Apple shuts this down hard. Everything about this has been lifted straight from Apple's designs, trade dress and brand voice.

    This is about promising the experience of an Apple device at half the price. It won't deliver on the promise but the consumer isn't going to know that until Apple have been robbed of a sale.

    I understand now why Apple is constantly pushing for ever thinner form factors. It's one of the only things copycats can't achieve using off-the-shelf parts.
  • Reply 74 of 85
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,254member

    Xiaomi's current sales are largely based in China, but the company has signaled it plans to expand into India, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.

     

    I wonder what a correlation between this list of countries and local precedents on intellectual property theft would look like?

  • Reply 75 of 85
    tokyojimutokyojimu Posts: 479member

    Played with a Xiaomi phone the other day. Not bad. Much nicer than the Samsung Galaxy Grand I had to help a friend with. That thing was wretched.

  • Reply 76 of 85
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    mcdave wrote: »
    To "Westernize" is to become insane. To be controlled whilst believing you're in control requires you to be insane.

    Touché.

    And hoist one for R.D. Laing, another for Wilhelm Reich, and for Herbert, Norman, Malcolm, Tim . . .
  • Reply 77 of 85
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KC_150 View Post

     

    Can't believe there are too many coincidences in this world, even on the product shots!


     

    That TV UI has nothing to do with Apple TV.

    All the rest is carbon-copy.

     

    This brings copying to a whole new level.

    I hope they bring it soon to the US so that Apple can sue them.

  • Reply 78 of 85
    They even copied iPhone 5c colours and the background image colour gradient. What a shame.

    Background: This company is Xiao Mi ("sea-aww me"). They copied about everything Apple has. They copied iPhone, called it Mi Phone or MI-3 (number denotes generations).

    They copied iCloud, called it Mi Cloud.

    They copied Apple TV, called it Xiao Mi Box.

    They copied iOS, called it MIUI ("Mi User Interface")

    They copied Apple ID, called it Xiao Mi ID.

    They copied AirPlay, called it Mi Lian (Lian means link in Chinese)

    There's probably a lot more but whatever they do, you'll feel a striking resemblance to Apple's way of doing things EXCEPT the price point. They somehow sell very cheap hardware but they are profiting via their services.
  • Reply 79 of 85
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    I ordered one, I have a friend in Hong Kong who's company does marketing for them and we got in some pre-orders for the first demo batch to be shipped in June, we even got a free 64GB Mini SD card, case and screen protector, unfortunatly they just had blue left, wanted the pink one, oh well. Yes, okay it's a copy, evil, etc. but those spec's were just to friggen amazing for a device that starts at 250 for the 16GB model and 275 for the 64GB. Nvidia K1, Android 4.4.2, 2048x1536 4:3 rez, Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 5MP camera (front), 8MP Sony f/2.0 shooter(back) and a 64GB Class 10 SD Card, wow, I mean guys come on. MIUI is also probably one of the best Android skins out there if you had to use Android, my son has it installed on his Nexus 7 V2, even installed by himself, so proud. In all seriousness though even though this looks like an iPad Mini, the specs were just to good for me too pass up, the Nvidia K1 is an amazing CPU, if not the fastest available, to be determined though. I will let you all know how it is once it comes, I'm actually kind of excited, it's sooooo cute and powerful, will defiantly stick on a MIUI bunny sticker on the back, how could you not. I also bought two stuffed MIUI rabbits, T-Shirts and keychains, Xiaomi's web store is filled with so much cool bunny stuff that I went a little nuts. Don't be to mad at me, I just couldn't resist buying the fastest 8" Android tablet on the market for only 275 dollars, especially from Xiaomi as their phones are pretty top notch, well as far as Android phones are concerned.

    [IMG]http://www.androidfiguren.de/WebRoot/Store12/Shops/62924100/50B8/F86D/FE36/75A9/0857/C0A8/2981/8909/01_m.jpg[/IMG]
  • Reply 80 of 85
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    dunks wrote: »
    I hope Apple shuts this down hard. Everything about this has been lifted straight from Apple's designs, trade dress and brand voice.

    This is about promising the experience of an Apple device at half the price. It won't deliver on the promise but the consumer isn't going to know that until Apple have been robbed of a sale.

    I understand now why Apple is constantly pushing for ever thinner form factors. It's one of the only things copycats can't achieve using off-the-shelf parts.

    Actually the Mi Pad is only .5mm thicker than the iPad Mini Retina, there are also a few Chinese company's releasing 7mm phones and tablets this month making them thinner than Apples offerings. Dont underestimate the Chinese. Though the Mi Pad is defiantly a iPad look alike there is nothing off the shelf about it, Xiaomi is a fairly large company and believe it or not a lot of development went into making this. This is not your typical Chinese knockoff company, they have Chinese government contracts which means Apple won't have a chance in suing them in China, also a big reason why you will not be able to buy this in the states.
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