Aug 22

If you love iPhone 4 but can’t afford it, some made-in-China cell phones like i68 4G and AirPhone 4G may be a great alternative. These cell phones are developed with similar features of iPhone 4 but offered at much lower prices. Technically, they are not “replica iPhone 4” or “knock-off iPhone 4” as their manufacturers will never put the Apple iPhone logo on their bodies. But they do copy a number of distinctive features from iPhone 4. In China, people call such cell phones “iPhone Shanzhai Ji” while in some English speaking regions, people call them “iPhone clones”.

Though the Apple iPhone 4 was released just two months ago in some countries, China has already seen some high-end cell phones that feature very closely to iPhone 4. Among all, i68 4G and AirPhone 4G are the best in terms of quality, features and prices, all of which are the biggest concerns for most iPhone 4 style cell phone seekers. Below is a detailed comparison made between i68 4G and AirPhone 4G, in terms of their main features, specifications, prices as well as suppliers.

Note: The major differences are all highlighted in green and bold.

1. i68 4G

Supplier 1: www.davismicro.com

I68 4G on DavisMicro

Purchase quantity-based wholesale prices available:

Purchase Qty. Unit Price
1—2:                              US $72.33 per piece
3—6:                              US $70.66 per piece
More:                             Even lower price

Main Features:
• Quad Band: GSM850/900/1800/1900MHZ
• Dual-SIM card & dual-standby
• Six-page menu
• Wireless internet capacities
• Dual-camera
• Handshaking function
• Touch screen & full-screen view
• Built-in 64M memory, support Max. 8GB TF extend card
• Support WiFi/GPRS/WAP/FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth/GPRS/WAP/E-book reader/JAVA/SMS text group sending/Downloading/MMS/MSN/Opera mini/E-mail sending & receiving/QQ/Facebook/Google/Yahoo/eBay/Sound and video recorder/MMS picture messaging/Voicemail
• Alarm clock/World clock/Stopwatch/Compass/Calendar/Calculator/Note/Currency converter/Unit converter/Knock glass/ Sound recorder

Other Specifications:
• Screen: 3.2 inch, QVGA(320×240)
• Camera & picture resolution: 0.3MP cameras with flash light; picture resolution: 80×60, 160×120, 240×320, 320×240, 640×480
• MP3: background play, equalizer
• Video: 3GP, MP4, full screen, forward and pause
• WiFi: 802.11b/g wireless internet
• U disk support function to keep the information storage
Phonebook entries: 800 groups of contacts, support caller groups
• Schedule power on/off: support to start/close under set time
• Alarm clock: 5 groups, support alarm clock when machine’s closed, can set from Monday to Sunday
• Three types of themes available to choose from
Language: English, French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Malaysian, Indonesian, Czech, Norwegian, Dutch, Vietnamese, Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Thai, Greek, Swedish (Note: if you need any specific language other than English, do remember to specify in the remark section when you checkout)
• Color: Black
Dimensions: 114x62x11mm

Free Accessories:
• Two batteries
• One power adapter
• One earphone
• One manual
• One USB cable

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Supplier 2: www.lightinthebox.com

I68 4G on Lightinthebox

Original Price: US $146.00
Promotional Price: US $104.99
Minimum Order Qty.: 1

Main Features:
• Quad Band: GSM850/900/1800/1900MHZ
• Dual-SIM card & dual-standby
• Fully Unlocked
• Wireless internet capacities
• Dual-camera
• Touch screen & full-screen view
• Built-in 87.7M memory, support 1.8G TF extend card
• Support WiFi/GPRS/WAP/FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth/E-book reader/JAVA/Facebook/Voice recorder
• Alarm clock/World clock/Stopwatch/Calendar/Calculator/Note/Currency converter/Unit converter

Other Specifications:
• Screen: 3.2 inch, QVGA (240×320 pixels), TFT, 256k colors
• Camera resolution: 640×480, 240×320, 80×60, 160×120, or 320×240
• Media format:
1) Ringtones Type: Polyphonic/MP3
2) Audio File Format: MP3/WAV
3) Video File Format: 3GP
4) Image File Format: JPEG/BMP/GIF
5) E-book Format : TXT
• Battery: up to 400-hour stand-by time; up to 4-hour talk time
• Charger: USB/Travel charger
• Input: handwrite
• Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish
• Phonebook: 800 entries
• Messaging: SMS/MMS
• Net weight: 0.116kg
• Color: black
• Dimensions: 114×62×11mm
• Announced: Jul, 2010

Free Accessories:

1× Wired stereo earphones with built-in MIC and clip
2× Rechargeable Li-ion battery
1× Phone to USB cable
1× Power adapter (100-240V 50/60Hz)
1× User manual – English
1x 2GB TF card

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2. AirPhone 4

Supplier: www.davismicro.com

AirPhone 4G on Davismicro

Purchase quantity-based wholesale prices available:

Purchase Qty. Unit Price
1—2:                           US $89.92 per piece
3—6:                           US $87.85 per piece
More:                           Even lower price

Main Features:
• Quad Band: GSM850/900/1800/1900MHZ
• Dual-SIM card & dual-standby
• Dual-camera
• Wireless internet capacities
• Handshaking function
• Touch screen & full-screen view
• Built-in 87.7M memory, support Max. 8GB TF extend card
• Support WiFi/GPRS/WAP/FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth/E-book reader/JAVA/SMS text group sending/Downloading/MMS/MSN/Opera mini/E-mail sending & receiving/QQ/Facebook/Google/Yahoo/eBay/Sound and video recorder/MMS picture messaging/Voicemail
• Alarm clock/World clock/Stopwatch/Compass/Calendar/Calculator/Note/Currency converter/Unit converter/Knock glass/ Sound recorder/Tasks/Slide show/Slide to unlock

Other Specifications:
• Screen: 3.5 inch, QVGA(320×240)
• Camera & picture resolution: 0.3MP cameras with flash light; picture resolution: 80×60, 160×120, 240×320, 320×240, 640×480
• MP3: background play, equalizer
• Video: 3GP, MP4, full screen, forward and pause
• WiFi: 802.11b/g wireless internet
• U disk support function to keep the information storage
Phonebook entries: 1000 groups of contacts, support caller groups
• Schedule power on/off: support to start/close under set time
• Alarm clock: 5 groups, support alarm clock when machine’s closed, can set from Monday to Sunday
• Three types of themes available to choose from
Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Thai, Persian (Note: if you need any specific language other than English, do remember to specify in the remark section when you checkout)
• Color: Black
Dimensions: 115x59x10mm

Free Accessories:
• Two 1800mAh batteries
• One power adapter
• One earphone
• One manual
• One USB cable

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In summary, i68 4G cell phones offered by DavisMicro and Lightinthebox are almost the same in features and specifications. Comparatively speaking, Lightinthebox enjoys a higher reputation on the global market while DavisMicro does offer a lower price on the iPhone 4 style cell phone. Just compare the pros and cons and make your own choice.

Then, from the differences marked above, we can see clearly that i68 4G and AirPhone 4G differ quite slightly, only in some small features like phonebook entries. Generally, a latest device will exceed its older version in performance. Hopefully, AirPhone 4G should likewise feature better performance. After all, it’s a bit more expensive than i68 4G—consumers all wish that every cent they spend is worthy enough.

View More Chinese Cell Phones on DavisMicro.com
View More Chinese Cell Phones on Lightinthebox.com

You may also want to read: China Wholesale Cell Phones Buying Guide

3 Responses to “Best iPhone 4 Alternatives: i68 4G VS. AirPhone 4G”

  1. German Says:

    Can i flash this phone w/ MetroPcs?

  2. Akasha Says:

    Hi.
    I recently just bought the I68 4G. I live in Australia. But the phone doesnt seem to want to connect to WIFI no matter what i try. Is there a website that can give me details on how to work the phone better.

    Thank you

    Akasha

  3. ipad wholesale Says:

    I recently just bought the I68 4G. I live in Australia. But the phone doesnt seem to want to connect to WIFI no matter what i try. Is there a website that can give me details on how to work the phone better.

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