Chinese company debuts 7-inch ‘Commemorative Steve Jobs’ Android tablet styled after iPhone 4

“Living in China and reporting on gadgets, we get to see our fair share of unofficial merchandise from Chinese manufacturers,” Andi Sykes reports for Gizchina.

“Sometimes though a Chinese made gadget crops up which combines the ancient Chinese art of the knock off with a complete lack of consideration for the law and copyright infringements,” Sykes reports. “This ‘Commemorative’ Steve Jobs Android tablet is a perfect example.”

“Not only have Shenzhen Lingyun, the company behind this 7-inch Android tablet, made a tablet which resembles the look of the iPhone 4 and 4S, but they have gone the whole hog and place[d] the image of the late Steve Jobs on the screen and are marketing it as a ‘Commemorative Steve Jobs Android Tablet’!”

‘Commemorative’ Steve Jobs Android tablet
‘Commemorative’ Steve Jobs Android tablet

The tablet’s specs and more info in the full article here.

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53 Comments

  1. “complete lack of consideration for the law and copyright infringements” Not to mention a complete lack of respect for the dead! What a damned insult! Talk about sticking someone’s nose in it.

  2. I just don’t understand how so many companies in Asian countries have zero concept of or respect for intellectual property. Or any kind of product quality in general, for that matter. Their ripoffs are truly awful, yet they continue to churn them out. I always thought Asian culture was based on pride and honor. It seems like some of them have lost that.

    1. You don’t understand their mentality. They feel this is payback for all the terrible things the British did to them. They consider all white people the same as the Brits (well, considering how America supports the UK that is not incorrect). I guess it’s sort of the same as how some Jews today still feel about Germans.

    2. I don’t recall the Japanese being like this. I remember decades ago they had a problem with perceptions of quality, and they did manufacture a lot of cheap junk. But that is long gone, and they are synonymous with well made products now.

      It seems like the Japanese place a much higher value on honor and integrity than the Chinese. Hopefully they will see the light as they progress.

      1. Chinese at times treat copying as paying respect to the original, id est as flattering act. However, this ancient tradition of pupil and teacher mentality does not cross well with contemporary business practices. It should not be applied to something that you can sell — or else it is just a rip off.

      2. The Japanese were just like the Chinese copiers of today, only worse. The Japanese actually renamed a town USA (not U.S.A.)
        and would print “Made in USA” on products. That changed, I’m sure, after significant U.S.A. pressure.

        1. Haha! Classic urban legend: http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/usa.asp

          Most of the reason Japan was known for crap was because of two things… they had very little in the way of quality raw materials after they’d been completely destroyed by the USA and xenophobic tendencies in the USA which prevented people from paying higher prices for higher quality.

          Japan is a culture of improvement. They take an idea and improve upon it. They do it with everything, including food, religion (Zen Buddhism), cars and other domestically sold goods.

          Small improvements are a big deal, even if they cost more initially to make. Much of Steve Jobs inspiration for perfection comes from admiration of the Japanese way of production and continuously changing it. It’s not done until it ships!

          Japan’s culture puts a HIGH value on quality over quantity. For example, they appreciate french cuisine for its emphasis on quality. Japanese bakeries rival the ones I’ve been to in Paris.

          When they were exporting cheap goods like cameras to the USA, building their economy they kept the quality stuff domestically. Their citizens wouldn’t buy the cheap stuff. It wasn’t until the Korean war when Americans saw the equipment the Japanese were using and said… holy crap, that’s really good. This, as well as other things changed the perception of Japanese goods.

          The pursuit of perfection in Japan is a very strong cultural value. And no, they’re not all 70-hour workweek workaholics.

          1. You are right on. Plus they adopted the teachings of one W. Edwards Deming with a vengeance, a man largely ignored by American industry. I’ve heard American managers in companies attempting to improve their product quality by adopting Demings methods say “We don’t have to do that, do we?”. And thus the seed is sown.

          2. I agree with much of what you say, except for the broad cultural brush you paint implying all Japanese or all Americans are this or that. Every culture has its high and low moments. Good point on the general move toward quality production in Japan. Yes the Chinese (and Indians) build a lot of cheap knock-offs. It causes a lot of problems protecting their own industry. They want to become the world’s designers, like an Apple has become, not the world’s manufacturers. Asia is not one country with one mindset. China has a long way to go to do world class business, though it dominates manufacturing. The annoying Steve Jobs Android is a glaring example of an inept system of standards that is not really helping China. At least Apple and others set a good example.

    3. Any developing industrial area rips off the IP of a more established one until they’re big enough to buy legislation and legal backing to prevent upstarts ripping them off.

      Publishers and theatre companies upstart American colonies ripped off UK works, and you got the big publishing houses and Broadway in New York. When they got big, they tried enforcing patent and IP laws on audio and motion picture equipment makers. They moved en masse to the west where the laws weren’t as established, and that’s why music and movie studios are in California.

      Japan did the same to the US industries after WWII. And now it’s China’s turn.

      It’s not just an Asian thing, and Americans are not innocent in this if you know your history.

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