The best iPhone clone yet

The Duet D-8 iClone has two SIM card slots.

The D-8 is close, but no cigar. Beyond E-Tech

iPhone clones (or iClones) are a dime a dozen, but this model caught my eye. Sold by Houston-based Beyond E-Tech, which also produces the Duet D888, the D-8 only would confuse someone who's been living in a bunker for the last three years.

It's about the same size as the iPhone, but the display is much smaller (2.8 inches) to make room for a calling controls, a dedicated music player button, and what look like soft keys. And to be honest, while the D-8 apparently has an accelerometer, I'm not even sure the 65,000-color display is a touch screen. But look at those (obviously photoshopped) feature icons.

Like the D888, the D-8 is a dual-SIM card phone so you can make calls and send texts from two numbers on the same device. That alone makes it the best iClone yet. Other features on the unlocked world phone include an FM radio, mobile TV, a 2-megapixel camera, basic organizer features, messaging, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, and a music player.

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