The Hai Pad Is (Almost) As Shamless An iPad Clone As Could Be

The Hai Pad Is (Almost) As Shamless An iPad Clone As Could Be

Although there are a lot of gadget makers looking to come out with their own answers to the iPad in the coming months — most notably RIM with the BlackBerry Playbook and Samsung with the Galaxy Tab — you’ve got to give them credit: the tablets they are releasing aren’t just iPad clones.

You can’t say the same for this tablet though, plucked out of a cheap electronics shop in the alleys of Shaghai: it’s an iPad clone through and through.

Sure, it’s not running on iOS: Android 2.2 FroYo has instead been deployed as the tablet’s default operating system. Nor does it have the same innards. Gone is Apple 1GHz A4 CPU in favor of a wimpy 800MHz Freescale iMX515 CPU, and the storage has been massively downgraded to just 4GB as well.

Otherwise, though, this is about as close to a doppelganger in design to the iPad as you’re liable to find. Ultimately, though, I think the most amazing thing about this iPad clone is the fact that it makes a point of not emblazoning itself with an Apple logo. Given the usual shamelessness of China’s Apple-knockoff makers, that just seems positively quaint.

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John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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