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Fakin’ It: iPhone 3G and Nokia N97

Recently our friend Keith, who knows a man that knows a man, showed us these two fake phones from China. They might be knock-offs but we were still impressed at how much effort had gone into them. The fake iPhone 3G even had pre-installed pirated films and maps of Shanghai on it, and boasted an accelerometer. The fake Nokia N97 came in a very official looking box and packed a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is better than some official phones. Watch the video and click on the next page for more info and pics.

Recognise the icons? Although it was a pain to use, this phone had obviously been given some love and attention. It felt really solid as it was practically all metal.

Seriously, why can a knock-off factory make something like this and yet so many official phones are really ugly.

There’s the official iPhone logo along with, “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” It’s kind of true, we guess.

Check out the 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s right folks, even knock-off merchants understand the merits of a good audio offering.

This proprietary charging port connected to an external battery pack that came with the phone. It’s the small details that count.

If it wasn’t for the different send and end call keys, it would be difficult to spot the difference.

This knock-off felt really heavy and we had trouble opening the keypad but it all worked — well, kind of.

You’ve got to be impressed by the Carl Zeiss mention on the lens cover. Unfortunately fake Nokia didn’t copy the dual LED flash.

We’re sad to report that the fake Nokia N97’s keypad was no more enjoyable to use than the official version.

Can you spot the 32GB inscription on the back. Again, the attention to detail is insane. Even the opening mechanism is the same.

3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port. We really wonder whether this came from a factory next to the Nokia factory…

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