GooPad's eight-incher gives Apple fans cheap relief
Knock-off, early at work
Knock-off iPad manufacturer GooPad has followed Apple and unveiled a mini version of its i-style slate. It packs similar specs, ish, but as you can imagine, has a far cheaper price than the real thing.
The GooPad Mini may be devoid of the highly-sought fruit logo, but with an 8in display at 1080 x 768 pixels, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of Ram and 8GB of storage, it certainly throws a comparable punch.
There's also a 2Mp rear-facing camera, a 0.3Mp front-facer and Wi-Fi support.
The good news for those who really want a Cupertino feel, though, is that the GooPad ships with iLaunch, an iOS-themed skin for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Sure, the iPad Mini does have a little more panache, but at $329 for an entry-level model, it's also three times the price.
The GooPad Mini is available for just $99 (£61). That's almost affordable enough for stocking filler. ®
Samsung's lawyers should buy a few.
Then, next time Apple pull 'em up in court they can enter them as evidence with the pointed comment; "Remind me again, why are you sueing us?".
Sueing the big company that makes something a bit similar to your product, while quietly ignoring the small one that makes something exactly like your product, looks suspiciously like just going after the cash rather than defending the design.
On the plus side...
It ships with Google Maps
There is a cost though...
If you were at all concerned about the wages and conditions of employees building Apple products at Foxconn, think about the people working in the sweatshops where they can build tablets that retail for $99.
Given that the Nexus at $199 is apparently sold at cost, somebody is cutting corners somewhere...