Ever since the first iPhone arrived back on the scene in 2007, Chinese manufacturers have been making clones. But, until a couple of years back, they were running really basic proprietary operating systems. One manufacturer in particular has seen a huge opportunity and is arguably the most popular of all iPhone clone-makers.
Goophone, unlike the previous cloners, makes use of Google’s open source operating system. For a couple of years now it’s been releasing iPhone lookalikes running Android, but with a heavy iOS-inspired skin on top. Seeing an opportunity to take advatage of low supply of the gold iPhone 5s, it has released its own gold version of the Goophone i5S. Its design is near identical to the iPhone 5s, except its Touch ID button isn’t a fingerprint sensor at all. It’s just made to look like one.
So, if you’re an Android fan who’s secretly jealous of the iPhone’s design, this could be your perfect device. Except that it probably performs terribly, and won’t feel anywhere near as solidly made as an iPhone.