Remember the GooPhone i5 iPhone 5 clone? Here’s a review

January 24, 2013

Goophone i5-2

While we can’t really claim secrets are better kept in the Android décor than in Apple’s world, especially now, we can’t help but laugh our behinds off whenever iPhone clones looking exactly like the originals come out before the authentic devices.

But iPhone 5’s launch was even more special and amusing than usual. And not just because we saw Apple stoop to one of its lowest levels ever by calling the new device a major upgrade for simply featuring a bigger display and “groundbreaking” 4G LTE speeds.

No, the thing that made the release special was the preceding unveiling of the GooPhone i5 and the threats that came with it. For a second there we even thought GooPhone would go through with it and sue Apple for copying.

Of course, that never happened, but that doesn’t mean GooPhone can’t still be a worthy adversary for Apple, if not in a court of law then on the actual market. Because guess what, the i5 is out and about, and, according to a GizChina review, it looks pretty awesome.

Goophone i5

But before getting down to the actual review, let’s have a quick rundown of the specs:

  • 1 GHz dual-core MT6577 CPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4-inch 960 x 540 pixels resolution screen
  • Android 4.0 ICS with iOS 6 skin
  • Dual 8 MP/1.3 MP cameras
  • 32 GB of on-board storage
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and 3G WCDMA 850/2100 MHz support
  • 1,522 mAh battery

Okay, so that’s definitely not an ideal set of features, right? The processor is very last year, the display’s resolution is so far off today’s greats that makes even the original iPhone 5 look good, the battery is measly at best and not even the cameras are awfully special.

Goophone i5-3

But hold your horses now, because the GooPhone i5 is anything but another cheap Shanzhai knock-off. In fact, the design makes our good friend Andi Sykes call this bad boy a “masterpiece”. The feel is identical to that of the iPhone 5, the build quality looks flawless at a first sight, while the weight reaches a mere 108 grams (4 grams less than Cupertino’s flagship).

Of course, it’s not all about the looks. In fact, one of the things that are often more disturbing at Chinese clones than cheap build quality is clunky software. But that’s not the case at all here, because GooPhone apparently manages to come up with “the ultimate Android/iOS mash-up”.

That’s definitely not a good thing if you’re a hardcore Android fan that aches at seeing his precious tainted, but if you can appreciate iOS 6’s ease of use and sleekness you’ll love this fellow. There’s even a lost twin of Siri’s that has apparently grown up in a Chinese household.

Goophone i5-4

Moving on to the display, performance and cameras, we’ll find a number of things off with GooPhone’s i5, which considerably bring down the device’s overall value. Then again, this is a Chinese clone after all, so if you’re looking for perfection you’ll have to knock on other doors.

We however are in a good mood and we’d rather focus on the good things. Like the fact that the i5 is unlikely to cripple sales of genuine Android devices and will instead grab the attention of Apple fanboys looking to save some dough while still feeling good about themselves. Ah, the little joys of life!

Comments

  • RarestName

    The amount of negativity in this article is too damn high! XD

    • MasterMuffin

      :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gizchina Andi Sykes

    Wish you had read the review rather than just looking at the titles…. It actually states Android fans should avoid it and that the iOS skin spoils the functionality of Android….

    • Adrian Diaconescu

      Wish you had read my article rather than just browse through it… I said not once, but twice that Android fans will or should avoid it (“That’s definitely not a good thing if you’re a hardcore Android fan that aches at seeing his precious tainted” and “the i5 is unlikely to cripple sales of genuine Android devices”).

  • http://Nepallica.com Pretush

    ios clone skin look like ios itself,

  • Faiz

    how much is this? looks like a bait to bet on..

  • galaxydude

    What is the price? and when will it be
    available in north america?.

  • Reallytho

    Root that bad boythrow jelly bean on it and drink a cold one

  • http://www.facebook.com/duh.koda.1 Duh Koda

    The only thing I’d want from an iPhone knock-off is the build quality to be matched. My dream phone would pretty much be an iPhone exterior with Android as the OS, it would be beautiful on the inside and out. :’)

  • brilliant light

    I’ll buy one.
    no, two please.

    I’m sure I can impress my friends with this. :)

  • jeremy

    Haha for those who like tiny phones and the look of the iphone this would be perfect. I personally think the iphone is very ugly, but you could easily have this and throw on nova launcher for example and bam stock android inside iphone outside. Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/sky.ang.982 Sky Ang

    its a job well done(:

  • thamshung212

    we all know Chinese always do cloning, i dont like chinese phones like Huawie and ZTE because of security of your accounts..

  • http://www.facebook.com/rae.nomaii Raezel Velasco Bacani

    Does it support Skype or Facebook Video Calls ?

    • ammabawss

      Yessss

  • pakos

    Where can i find the Original Goophone except GooPhone.hk
    Thnks!

  • http://wirelessvictory.wordpress.com/ Wireless Victory

    How much is it?

  • Mick Collingwood
  • Cj Escuadro

    I’m having the Goophone N2 now..the 5.7 incher one and it works really well on me. Bought it from merimobiles.com for a cheaper price and they rooted it for me. Was looking for a review of it but haven’t found any..But anyway, just wanna share that it’s a good phone also,price point and quality wise. Anyone here tried this phone?Any thoughts?Might help others. ;)

  • johan kiesterwick

    i have one and it runs on tmobile

    • henk

      does it work good and fast after 6 months?

  • xrthefrench

    is it a micro usb on this phone ?

  • premo

    why this china company allowed to clone in samsung apple etc.but not allowed to fliying international airzone this not good behavior why buy this?????

  • premo

    boycot all china product this not good

  • David Isaac Caparas Masiglat

    You know? Some chinese guys are really cloning iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, I really hate that. My dad brought the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Clone and it is Goophone N3. I hate that so much. If you don’t like, then buy the original and genuine than this.

  • Mrd69

    The problem you have, is that with no actual back button and jyust a home screen button, then if you want to go back in an app, you will have to quit out of it unless they have a specific back button built into them.

  • ajay

    GooPhone is look exact like iPhone 5 but dose not now about it performance
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  • Dermot Canniffe

    The website says this handset only has 512MB of RAM, not 1GB. Deal killer for me if it’s not the full Gig.

  • Frank

    I have cloned iphone 5s on orange uk nano sim it keeps displaying roaming sign can I turn this off ,help Frank

  • Ryan Higgins

    How do u get it to connect to internet through your sim card not wifi?

  • Tke

    Will it work for verizon

  • nehapatel

    The only thing I’d want from an iPhone knock-off is the build quality to be matched. My dream phone would pretty much be an iPhone exterior with Android as the OS, it would be beautiful on the inside and out. :’)

    know your pan

  • beYOUtiful

    Does it supports Facetime ?