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TechnologyThese 5 Apple knockoffs and look-alikes are actually worth buying

15:40  24 august  2019
15:40  24 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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5 knockoffs worth buying that often merit a double-take to tell which is designer and which is not. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, you may opt for a classic gold watch that looks expensive and classy. Just look for knockoffs of more expensive designer styles, so you’ll look fashionable without

Not to be confused with counterfeit, fashion knockoffs may look like the originals, but they aren ’t illegally imitating any trademarks or brand identities. Since these fashion pieces are ripped trends from the runways, keep on reading for the 5 knockoffs worth buying that often merit a double-take

There's a reason why Apple tech is so popular. The company's computers and mobile devices are incredibly powerful. But they're also trendy, in part, because they're so beautiful to look at.

These 5 Apple knockoffs and look-alikes are actually worth buying© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. One of these costs about $130 more than the other. Rick Broida/CNET

No, seriously. Take one look at the clean, simple design of a solid aluminum MacBook Pro and try to tell me that it isn't beautiful. It's impossible! Can't be done! It's too pretty!

Naturally, this kind of beauty comes at a high cost. But if you're interested in the aesthetic look of Apple's best (and you're less interested in cutting-edge performance), you can get attractive-looking, Apple-inspired tech at a fraction of the cost. Here are some of the most Apple-like accessories, Androids and PCs we've ever seen.

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An industry building look -alike mobile phones for as little as is tickling China’s pride in rebellious creativity. “Chinese grass-roots companies are actually very innovative,” says Yu Zhou, a professor at Counterfeiting and off -brand knockoffs flourished. Tiny companies would buy a Mediatek chip

However, a closer look at the tech inside these MacBook chargers suggests it might be worth it to pay the Apple Tax if you need a replacement. By comparison, the cheaper knockoff skips the filtering, ground connection, and the more complex circuitry used by Apple to regulate the power flowing into

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An Apple iPhone look-alike by Xiaomi

This Android phone saves you hundreds

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There's a lot to love about the current range of Apple iPhones: They're gorgeous devices with blazing-fast processors, awesome depth-sensing cameras and Face ID. But there's something not to love about them, too: their prices, which start at $749 and run all the way up to $1,500 for the current-year Face ID models.

There is a much more affordable alternative, however, that's clearly inspired by the iPhone's design: the roughly $330 Xiaomi Mi 8 (right). It's got a look-alike notch in its AMOLED screen and a look-alike stacked dual 12-megapixel camera setup on the back. It even offers facial recognition.

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With that market cap, Apple is worth over 1% of the world’s GDP according to the latest estimates from the World Bank that peg the world’s output at .6 trillion. But that aside, Apple ’s market cap makes it larger than the GDP of each of 183 out of the 199 countries for which the World Bank has GDP data.

The Android-based Xiaomi Mi 8 isn't perfect, and there's a more powerful version available (the Mi 9) with a 48-megapixel main camera and 2019's Snapdragon 855 chip (versus the Mi 8's older Snapdragon 845). But that new phone doesn't have the same look-alike feel, and it runs roughly twice the price.

An inexpensive smartwatch with an Apple-inspired look

All the basics for less than a hundred

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The Apple Watch is an amazing device -- it features a wide array of sensors, integrates seamlessly with your iPhone and… well, let's admit it, it's a sexy-looking status symbol, too. But it's an expensive status symbol: The fourth-generation Apple Watch starts at $399 at the Apple Store. It's marked down a bit at Amazon and elsewhere, but even the Series 3 sale price starts at $199.

If you're looking for a similar smartwatch that won't break the bank, you should check out the $80 Amazfit Bip. I know, it's got an absolutely ridiculous name. And, yes, I know: When you get too close to it, the bezeling doesn't really come close to that of the Apple Watch. But we're talking reasonable facsimiles here.

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When you're looking for a new pair of glasses, you may get sticker shock from the prices at your optometrist's office. Buying glasses online can be a cheap way to get the eyewear you need without paying a hefty price. I actually tried to buy the same pair from my eye doctor and was quoted 5.

An alternative Apple Watch users might want to look into is the knockoff bands available online. They appear to be exact replicas of Apple ’s official bands It’s not bad, but it is noticeably different when you hold both the real and knockoff bands in your hands. Besides this , the magnetic closure works

And according to CNET's own Scott Stein, this "complete fitness smartwatch that's a remarkable bargain" has a great set of features, too: This Apple look-alike offers weeks-long battery life (your Apple Watch will need to be charged nightly), GPS, water-resistance and an always-on display.

It's not a fully polished device like the Apple Watch. Some won't like the plastic design, limited watch faces and lack of apps. But if you just want the look of an Apple Watch with its basic features, the Amazfit Bip is a great option that'll save you a ton.

These 5 Apple knockoffs and look-alikes are actually worth buying© CNET

One of these costs about $130 more than the other.

These AirPods-like buds you might mistake for the real thing

Fewer features, but they'll save you a fortune

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Apple's AirPod wireless earbuds are iconic. Their design is immediately recognizable. And the earbuds have a great set of features: They pair with your phone automatically, have well-balanced sound and last for upwards of 24 hours on a single charge. They're also pretty expensive, starting at about $159.

If you're looking to save major scratch but you still want to keep that AirPod aesthetic, there's a small handful of devices available. CNET's own Rick Broida says the $29 AirSounds (pictured above, alongside Apple's AirPods) "sounded pretty darn good," and can invoke Siri with a double press of its power button. If you squint, you won't be able to tell the difference between the two brands.

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Maybe Apple could look to some of these professional fakers for future iPhone inspiration. Of course, iPhones aren 't the only things attracting Chinese counterfeiters. Some have even copied the entire Apple store. Let's take a look at other ways Apple 's been copied in China.

Apple 's new lightning cables are a somewhat annoying, proprietary cable that cost an obnoxious a cable, but The Wirecutter points out Apple 's official cable is still way better than the knockoffs . The Wirecutter did a series of tests and researched a bunch of options, and on top of finding that most

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Anker Liberty Air: Better sound than AirPods for much less

The AirSounds get the job done on the cheap, but a better-sounding option is the Soundcore Anker Liberty Air. They look a lot like the Apple AirPods, but feature a noise-isolating design with soft silicone tips, a charging case and bass performance that is better than the AirPods in CNET's testing. And at around $80, they're half the price of Apple's buds.

$79 AT AMAZON

This beautiful MacBook Pro look-alike

Solid aluminum construction starting at $899

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Apple computers have long had a reputation for being solid, powerful devices with outsized prices. And though the new-for-2019 models have great new features -- the 2019 MacBook Air now has Apple's True Tone display and the 13-inch MacBook Pro now has a touchbar -- you can't buy either of them for under a grand.

But if you just want the look -- and the cachet -- of the MacBook on the cheap, feast your peepers on the $899 Huawei MateBook D. Yeah, we know: The brand is currently caught up in both legal and trade-deal wrangling between the Trump administration and China. And while we haven't tested this specific model, we have been very impressed by its step-up siblings. This one's got an Intel Core i5, 256GB of storage and even a decent Nvidia MX150 GPU, but you can find lesser configs for $700 or less. The catch? Yes, it runs Windows 10. Keep in mind, though, that back to school deals have the newest MacBook Air models selling for around the same price.

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When you look at what people actually do with other products from the Windows/Intel/Droid/Linux camp, you will see that for the average person there What I have done to prove this point is to look at corporate spending on hardware and support and Apple wins by a huge margin those companies

This particular knockoff is also thinner than the current, official iteration of the iPhone. At 9.3mm thick, the iPhone 4 is about 2.3mm thicker than this one, which is a mere 7mm. The iPhone 5 /4G/4S/4GS/Mega Awesome Edition is set to roll out in September/October, right alongside iOS 5 .

$899.00 AT AMAZON

A speaker that looks pretty familiar

It doesn't answer to Siri, though

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It won't talk to you. But this Bluetooth smart speaker certainly harkens to a HomePod in its rounded edges. Even better: You don't need to keep this one plugged in, as it comes with up to 10 hours of battery-powered, wire-free playtime. And oh: This one's waterproof, too.

We haven't yet gotten our hands on this particular model to review, but we like Anker products in general. No, this won't sound nearly as great as the HomePod. But considering the 89% savings -- $32 versus $300 -- we're OK with that. (And hey -- if you're freaked out about smart speakers listening in on your conversations, maybe a dumb one isn't so bad.)

$32.00 AT AMAZON

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