Fake iPod Nano (4th generation)

The Good Cheap. Basic MP3 player functionality. Looks like the real thing.

The Bad Possibly illegal to buy. Poor battery life. Horrible software. No warranty expressed or implied.

The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the glitchy software and sub-standard battery life, the fake iPod Nano might have been almost as good as the real thing.

Editors' Rating
3.5 Overall

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Review

Fake iPod Nano (4th generation)

Walk into just about any tech or tourist market across much of China and South-East Asia, as well as some dodgy Australian retailers, and you'll see many imitation MP3 players. With Apple's iPod ruling the roost, it's no surprise to find that the reverse engineers have spent most of their time cracking Steve Jobs' genetic code. It's also no surprise that while some of the clones look amazingly close to the real thing, others are exceedingly poor.

For the purposes of this review we searched for the best fake iPod — the top gun of shanzhai MP3 players. After trawling through China's tech markets, we found what we thought was the best imitation of a fourth-generation 16GB iPod Nano. After some bargaining in poorly pronounced Chinese we purchased the iPod for roughly AU$30 — a particularly good price judging from the vendor's sour face when he grudgingly parted with the product.

Design

At first look, the candy bar design of this fake iPod Nano was extremely hard to distinguish from the real thing. It also came in a very similar clear plastic package, with an included pair of headphones, a USB cable and printed English instructions. The packaging's size is almost an exact match with a real Nano's, while the colours seemed identical and the size of the fake Nano itself was spot on.

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