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Introducing the HiPhone
Monday, February 25, 2008


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The iPhone is just an overpriced mobile phone and an iPod built into one. No 3G, no MMS, no videos. The price is just too much compared to the available Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung mobile phones today. And most of them are way cheaper than the iPhone.

A friend once nagged me to buy his unlocked iPhone for P17,000. Though tempted of the eye candies of the iPhone, I resisted his offer. I'm a heavy texter and I need MMS and 3G access for my laptop. Sure the iPhone has built-in WiFi but I doubt that it can handle big PSD files for email. So I opted for a cheap but very useful Nokia N70.

There were several iPhone clones from China that are currently available but none of them even came close to the real thing. Until this HiPhone / DigitalRise D800i HiPhone came along.

A seller from sulit.com.ph claims that the HiPhone is 99% identical to the original Apple iPhone and provided these features and images:

1. 3.5 inches big screen
2. Dual SIM slots network switch
3. Triband GSM 900/1800/1900MHz that supports USA GSM standard.
4. Web addresses entering; web browsing, WAP setting, web address management.
5. Unlocked to any major network carrier.
6. SMS, MMS, voicemail and cell broadcast
7. MP3, MP4, file playing, recording, phone call recording.
8. 2.0 mp camera, video capturing, photo viewing, playing
9. Hands free speaker phone. 3D sound.
10. Bluetooth supported.
11. TF card supported with free 512mb Micro SD.
12. Diversified screen switch
13. One-Key return
14. Automatic screen rotation
15. Comes with free Rubber protector for HiPhone.
16. With USB cable for data transfer and charging.

Pretty cool for a knock-off right? Multi-Touch, Dual SIM, MMS, and Video Recorder! Wait till you hear how much. The seller says that he's selling the units for Php8,000 (roughly US$200) per piece and he's willing to lower the price if I get 2 or more units. Cheap compared to the original Apple iPhone but not cheap enough for me to get one. A Nokia 6120 Classic currently retails for Php8,500 and that phone has definitely more features than the HiPhone. If he lowers his price to Php4,000, I might consider getting one for my self :~)

I checked Google about this HiPhone and here's the official features of the DigitalRise D800i HiPhone from the supplier:

Screen: 3.5 Inch 262K Colors QVGA G320 x 240 Pixel

Network: GSM850/900/1800/1900Mhz

MULTI Touch screen

Camera: 2.0 mega pixel/CMOS Dual sim card with single sim standby USB Bluetooth V2.0,

Unique Iphone operate system Platform : Mtk 6226

Support: SMS/ EMS/ WAP/ GPRS/ MP4/ MP3/ MPEG4

Phonebook : 300

Support convert to memory card Call record : 40

External memory: T-Flash (Maximum 2GB)

Recording: AMR/ WAV Ringtone : 64 chord

Video recorder: MPEG4

Power on/off animation

Wallpaper (Sceensaver)


Talking time: 180 mins Standby time : 260 hours

Battery: Lithium-ion Battery 1100mAh

Other function: USB cable/ Calendar/ STK/ Alarm/ Handfree/ Calculator/ Vibration/ Mute/ Unit conversion/ World Time/ Memo

Languages: English/ Vietnamese/ Russian/ Thai/ Spanish/ Arabic/ French/ Chinese

Accessories: 2 batteries, Charger, USB Cable, Earphone, 512M T-Flash Card, User Manual, Phone Cover...

Here's a video demo I found on YouTube:

The HiPhone makes me drool on the touch screen... By the way, Karlo has an iPhone. :P

*Computer end log*

Posted by Jepoy @ 2/25/2008 05:29:00 PM
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Posted by Anonymous Jaypee on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 11:45:00 PM GMT+8:  
That's a very cool iClone! Although it looks nice on paper and on the video, I'd like to see it with my own eyes and hold it before I'd buy one. :D

Congratulations on the new domain! Love the new layout. ;)

Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 12:18:00 AM GMT+8:  
@jaypee - when the price drops to P4K, i'll do a personal review for you :D

Thanks... i was planning to switch to a much wider and more LCARS looking design since last year but who am I to argue with laziness :~) I hope that Google spiders my "new" domain. I registered this 6 years ago and only my dog and cousin use this domain.

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