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What it’s like using a $27 Apple Watch knockoff

Published Jan 9th, 2015 9:00AM EST
Apple Watch Knockoff CES 2015

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Chinese manufacturers over the years have shown that they’re exceptionally good at cranking out dirt-cheap knockoffs of key Apple products and it seems the Apple Watch is no exception. Mashable’s Karissa Bell spotted a pretty convincing Apple Watch knockoff at CES 2015 this year and she just couldn’t resist buying it and writing about her experience using it.

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As you might expect, the device’s integration with Bell’s iPhone was not as smooth as what we’ll likely get from the actual Apple Watch. Nonetheless, she found that she could pair the watch with her iPhone and then “was able to make phone calls and play music through the watch.”

After that, though, things got sketchier.

“The Smart Watch also has a pedometer, stopwatch, alarm and something called ‘Anti lost’… I wasn’t sure how this feature worked, at first; it gives you the option to ‘enable’ or ‘disable,’ but didn’t appear to do anything,” she writes. “There is also a messaging and notifier feature that helps you get notifications from WeChat and other apps, but it requires downloading a sketchy-looking APK that I don’t think would work with an un-jailbroken iPhone.”

Her whole preview of the $27 Apple Watch knockoff is worth reading and can be found at the source link below.


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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